Piratical Rave in SL Shengri La Joy, September 19th

Talk like a pirate on September the 19th, and join DJane Qee Nishi at our piratical Rave to be held in the beautiful maritime sim, Shengri La Joy.  Pirate ships are being provided by Lia Woodget of the Black Spot Shipyard, which will be on display in Shengri La Joy this week (pick up a landmark at the Welcome Area or on the ships to go see ALL of her fabulous creations). 

Get ready to talk like a pirate.   Get ready to dress like a pirate (or a pirate wench) by stopping by the Welcome Area in Shengri La and looking for the Piratical Rave board loaded with free piratical poofers and other fun stuff.  Or, just show up in Shengri La Joy, dressed like and ready to talk like a pirate…..Yarrrrr!

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Paying Forward: Supporting Emerging Avatar Apparel Designers in SL

 

In the first weeks of my Second Life™ experience, I met a generous, warm woman who became one of my best friends in this mad maze of pixels.  Lexa Pietersen was an ardent supporter of my early efforts to establish myself as an avatar apparel designer, and her support extended beyond just saying nice things.  She went so far as to buy land for me and carry the tier on it for my very first store.   Because of her support, I was able to  move on from my first 512 meter plot of land in the mainland to become one of the top earners in Second Life with my brand Prim & Proper and ultimately owner of the Shengri La islands and a substantial RL corporation.

It is now time for me to pay forward her kindness.  To this end, my company, the Fashion Research Institute, Inc., has developed the Shengri La Vintage Marketplace on Shengri La.  We will provide vendor space for 20 emerging avatar apparel designers on our Second Life Shengri La sim for six months free of charge.  The designers are encouraged to build their brands, to sell their products through both their vendor prims and through the use of our catwalk system, and to grow their business.  We hope that by providing these designers with incubation space on the beautiful Shengri La sims, that they will be able to grow their business to the point that they can acquire an appropriate flagship store elsewhere on the grid when their tenure with us is up.

We are pleased to announce Michele Hyacinth as Curator of the Shengri La Vintage Marketplace for emerging avatar apparel designers in Second Life.  Michele is responsible for managing the design selection process and overseeing the marketplace.   For more information and details about the program, please contact Michele.  You may also visit the Shengri La sims and pick up information from any of the Marketplace boards. To apply, send Michele a notecard with your name and best time to contact you in Second Life.  Include a couple of sentences about the work you’re doing or hoping to do, and if you have any snapshots, add those to the notecard too.  Then send it along to Michele, and she’ll be in touch!

Best of luck to you, and may your dreams come true!

~Shenlei Winkler
CEO
Fashion Research Institute, Inc.
Acting CEO
Black Dress Technology, Inc.

Shenlei Flasheart in SL

Michele Hyacinth 

“Michele Hyacinth rezzed in November 2006.  Her first venture into the virtual world quickly led her to ballroom gowns and flexi hair and an immediate hankering for SL fashion.  She also soon discovered a penchant for talented people of integrity, whose artistry she greatly admires.  She loves sharing SL adventures with treasured loved ones and friends.  She enjoys exploring the grid  and, of course, dancing and listening to good music.  Michele is particularly fond of the hidden surprises in SL…those paths that are less travelled but that contain fascinating finds.  In her spare time, she dabbles in photography, blogging, and very minor prim-wrangling (all skills she hopes to develop more fully).  She sketches portraits, which she brings inworld and shares with those she loves.   Although not rezzed yesterday, she can probably best be described by lyrics from a John Haitt song:  “a child of the wild blue yonder.”  Michele continues to learn and to grow; to be surprised and to be delighted.   She treasures this wonderful opportunity to work with Shenlei, and to collaborate with cherished and like-minded souls in the Shengri La community.”

Random Calliope’s Ode Hunt in Shengri La, September 17

Please join us in the Second Life™ Shengri La islands on Wednesday, September 17th to hunt for Ode containing butterflies.  There are two hunts, the first begins at 7 am SLT, the second at 5 pm SLT.  The islands will be closed to the public an hour before each hunt starts to enable the butterfly release.  They will be reopened promptly at 7 am SLT and at 5 pm SLT.  Butterflies will be released on all five sims, and the estate will open on all five sims concurrently.

Shengri La will host Ode butterfly hunts every month on the 17th, so if you can’t make it to this one, there will be others. 

See you there

Images from OpenSim Shengri La regions Belle & Beaux

Just a few images from the Fashion Research Institute’s Shengri La regions in Open Sim.  Primarily shown are Belle and Beaux, with some glimpses of Bliss and Liberty. 

Although the OpenSim Shengri La is largely closed to outside access, we have had one or two collaborators visit already. We look forward to opening a region to which we can allow greater access, once we have completed development of the sims.

A Sweeping View of the OpenSim Shengri La regions

A Sweeping View of the OpenSim Shengri La regions

 

Night falls over Beaux

Night falls over Beaux

Shengri la Belle from the West
Shengri la Belle from the West

 Ducks swimming in the mere

Gazebo in the marsh grass in the twilight
Gazebo in the marsh grass in the twilight
The marshes of Shengri La Beaux

The marshes of Shengri La Beaux

The Bridge of Freedom, completed

The Bridge of Freedom, completed

Ravin’ in Second Life™ Shengri La Hope

Universal Rave in Shengri La Hope

Over the American Labor Day weekend, we threw one of our raves for our collaborators and friends in our SecondLife™ Shengri La Hope sim.  As usual attendees went all out and we had guests in all sorts of great outfits.  By the end of the event, we also had a plethora of great particle effects, including a rainbow that someone popped out. 

The set of planets and a  landing pad aptly fit the mood of the trance spun by DJane Qee Nishi, who was resplendent in a set of space armor.  Guests all had a great time and it made a nice way to round out the end of summer.  As usual, we took way more pictures than we could actually post, so here are some visual highlights.

Universal Rave Dance Floor

Universal Rave Dance FloorStars, Planets and...little tiny Supernovaes?Getting a groove on

Catt Gable & Woodstock Burleigh Raving on

Catt Gable & Woodstock Burleigh Raving on

 

Flying to the moon

Flying to the moon

Dz Questi and friend

Dz Questi and friend

Ahuva Heliosense in her fab new outfit

Ahuva Heliosense in her fab new outfit

DJane Qee Nishi in front of Jupiter

DJane Qee Nishi in front of Jupiter

Rez Tone jets off into space after the Rave

Rez Tone jets off into space after the Rave

Our next Rave will also be held in one of the Shengri La sims, with a theme of Piracy on the Shengri La Seas.  Think Mers and Pirates and Sailors on a Dead Man’s Chest….