AineMari Flanagan of Building Daydreams and Vasa Vella of Satyrs Moon sponsor the Faire together. They share their reasons to Relay, talk about their creation process and their favourite Faire-memories.
Aine sponsored the Faire last year, but this is Vasa’s first year. What made you decide to become a sponsor?
Aine: This year Teaming up with Satyr’s Moon – Vasa Vella, as event sponsors. Also adding The Jolly Tinker- Louen Couer as my awesome new builder who must be encouraged!
I offer space to one new person in my shop every year because that is how I got my start 9 years ago at Fantasy Fair. I worked with two of my friends Kittycat Ninetails ( Kittycats Creations) and Vasa Vella ( Yup Satyr’s Moon) as their “Helper-Muse” and made the occasional ” thing” that typically resulted in one of them picking it up and improving it. Sharing a shop with Vasa Vella this year feels like I have come full circle.
Vasa: This will be my ninth year at the Faire. Over the last couple of years I have been wanting to become more involved with the Fantasy Fair. It is always such an honor to be among such fantastic artists, and this year I wanted to do more, so when the opportunity came along, I could not pass it up.
Vasa, how did you begin building in Second Life? What inspires you to create?
Roleplay inspires me to build. It has always been my driving force, I would look around and say I need this, and could not find it, so I learned to build it. It was pointed out to me that it was silly for me to be able to build, and yet have to look like someone else wanted me to look, so I built my first Satyr Avatar (Out of prims). It has become my passion. To make them bigger, better, faster and less explodie.
Aine, is there any common theme in your creations, something that binds the items together, or are they all their separate entities?
This is why my shop is called Building Daydreams.
I just build whatever I imagine.
There’s no rhyme or reason for it anymore.
I create for the sake of creating.
What are you bringing to the Faire this year?
Vasa: This year I am going to limit my releases of Satyr parts (although I am going to be updating my avatars to include the Bento Nubby.) I plan on focusing more on accessories, war paints, of course a few new sets of horns, furniture and whatever else catches my fancy.
Vasa, what calls you to fantasy? When was the first time you encountered the genre and realized you enjoyed it?
I have been into the fantasy genre since I was a small child. Luckily I had three older brothers who introduced me to the wonders of the worlds of our imaginations. I have been hooked ever since.
Aine, do you have favourite fantasy realms?
I am a reader so some of my most favorite books are , pretty much anything ever written by Morgen Rich, Mercedes Lackey, Anne McCaffrey , Poppy Z. Brite, Gayle Greeno, Annie Bellet, Terry Pratchett, Brian and Wendy Froud and Holly Lisle.
Jim Henson Studios Movies-Whats not to love about Muppets?
I’m also part of two great organizations in real life, Amtgard Inc a group dedicated to the recreation of the Sword and Sorcery genre as well as educational aspects of both medieval and ancient cultures, and The Society for Creative Anachronism, or SCA, an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts, skills, and traditions of pre-17th-century Europe.
Do you have a favourite Faire memory? What are you looking forward to most this year?
Vasa: Every year brings a new memory. My favorite moments of any Fair are the impromptu gatherings that just seem to happen in random places. Dancing in Alia’s rose fields. Playing on the stairway to heaven. Flash mobing the various sims in the wee hours of the morning when most folk have found their beds, and of course the after parties where we all get to unwind.
Aine: I have countless Faire Memories, the stories, the people, the feeling of true connections and a single minded purpose that the Fantasy Faire inspires in us all. That’s what inspires me and keeps me coming back every year.
Thank you, Aine and Vasa, for taking the time to talk with us. Thank you for being a part of the Fairelands again!
AineMari’s previous interview: 2016