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Entrevue avec Edika Kohime de Edika Creation par Sue Moonwall
Interview with Edika Kohime from Edika Creation by Sue Moonwall

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Edika Kohime

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Edika kohime participe à The Runway Perfect Hunt 5, du 1er au 30 avril 2014. Voici une entrevue pour faire connaître cette créatrice de talent installée sur Admicile2, qui œuvre dans le domaine du design de mode depuis plusieurs années.

Edika Kohime participate to The Runway Perfect Hunt 5, April 1st to 30th 2014. This is an interview to let know about this talented designer installed on Admicile2, working in fashion design for years.

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Edika Kohime – Sue Moonwall

Q1(fr) – Depuis combien de temps êtes vous sur Second Life et qu’est-ce qui vous y a intéressé?

Q1(en) – How long have you been in Second Life and what interested you in it?

R1(fr)- J’ai découvert Second Life le 22 mai 2007, jour de mon anniversaire réel. Une curiosité grâce aux – ou à cause des – médias. Au début, j’étais assez perdue, maladroite et je n’ai pas eu un réel déclic. Je suis revenue quelques mois après, avec une envie furieuse de créer quelque chose ici, en étant persuadée que ce support pouvait offrir de multiples possibilités pour les esprits créatifs. Tout me paraissait impossible au début, entre l’envie et la réalisation… et la foi d’avoir une activité artistique sur Second Life m’a obligé à aller au delà du “je n’y arriverai jamais”.

A1(en)- I discovered Second Life on May 22nd 2007, my real life birthday. I was curious because of the medias. At the beginning, I was a little lost, awkward and I didn’t had a real hunch for it. I came back some months later with a furious desire to create something here, being convinced that this support have many possibilities to offer for creative minds. Everything seemed impossible, at start, between the will and the results. The faith to have an artistic activity on Second Life forced me to go beyond the “I will never succeed”.

Q2(fr)- Qu’est-ce qui vous a donné le goût de créer des vêtements sur Second Life?

Q2(en)- What gave you the desire to create clothes in Second Life?

R2(fr)- Une créatrice que j’admire depuis le début, comme Pixivor Allen (À la Folie), une passion commune: “Les fleurs”… Elle a été sans le savoir un peu mon “mentor” au niveau création et l’idée d’en faire mon activité principale est venue comme cela, mais les débuts ont été forts difficiles, n’ayant été enseignée par personne. Comme les fleurs sont faites pour être dans des vases, j’ai préféré les porter sous forme de vêtements, puisque ce sont ma source d’inspiration principale. Cette passion dure depuis 2008 et le plaisir reste toujours aussi intense. C’est une autre forme d’expression artistique, tout comme ceux qui font du build, ou créent des objets: Donner vie avec élégance, à partir d’un cube… et rien de plus plaisant que de pouvoir aussi exprimer sa féminité, ici, sous forme de vêtements qu’on ne porterait pas forcément autrement. Le plaisir est double lorsque l’on voit d’autres personnes porter vos créations.

A2(en)- A Creator I admire since the beginning, like Pxivor Allen (À la Folie), a common passion: “Flowers”… Unaware of it, she was kind of my mentor in design and the idea to make it my main activity came like that, but it was hard cause i didn’t have any teaching. As the flowers are made to be in vases, I prefered wearing them as clothes, because they are my main source of inspiration. This passion last since 2008 and the pleasure remain still as intense as in the beginning. It’s another form of artistic expression, just like those building or creating objects: Giving life with elegance, from a cube… and nothing is more pleasant than being able to express our feminity, here, with the clothes we wouldn’t necessarily wear elsewhere. It’s double joy when I see others wear my creations.

Q3(fr)- Quelle création vous a rendu le plus fière, et pourquoi?

Q3(en)- Which creation made you the most proud, and why?

R3(fr)- La robe BOHEME, d’inspiration indienne, qui reste ma préférée, et la plus vendue. Un mélange de tissus indiens de toutes les couleurs! Elle est éclatante et fait voyager… La vente n’est pas qu’une question d’argent, c’est surtout d’avoir réussi à avoir fait passer un message virtuel, d’y avoir apporter son plaisir et de le partager.

A3(en)- BOHEME dress, from indian inspiration, still my favorite and the most sold. A mix of multicolored indian fabrics! It’s is a brithful dress and inspiring travel… Selling is not only a money matter, it’s more like succeeding in transmitting a virtual message, to bring our pleasure and to share it.

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Edika Kohime – BOHEME Photo SueMoonwall Pose Morgane’s shoot – Elemental air

Q4(fr)- À quel type de clientèle s’adressent vos créations?

Q4(en)- Which clientele you wish to reach with your creations?

R4(fr)- À toutes les femmes qui aiment l’élégance… et la diversité, puisqu’avec mon amie, Marine Dumpling (Lipstick Fashion), nous nous partageons des styles différents, du classique au casual, souvent dans un esprit très onirique dont les fleurs sont toujours l’élément central… Les femmes doivent se sentir belles. Au début, c’était une clientèle plutôt française, et depuis, 80 % de ma clientèle est étrangère. Les femmes aiment ce qui est vaporeux, sensuel, et je pense leur apporter ces effets gracieux qu’elles affectionnent.

A4(en)- All women who like elegance… and diversity, because with my friend, Marine Dumpling (Lipstick Fashion), we share different styles, from classic to casual, often in a very dreamlike spirit in which the flowers are always the central element… Women should feel in beauty. At start, I had rather a French clientele, and since then, 80% of my customers are foreigners. Women love what is vaporous, sensual… and I think I bring them those gracious effects they are fond of.

 

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Q5(fr)- Qui sont Marine et les autres créateurs qui exposent dans votre boutique avec vous et pourquoi vous être associée à eux?

Q5(en)- who are Marine and the other creators sharing your store with you and why did you associate yourself with them?

R5(fr)- Marine a été une de mes premières élèves il y a plusieurs années, et surtout une très bonne amie. Je m’amuse de la note personnelle que j’avais mise sur son profil: “future créatrice”. Elle était très assidue avec une envie furieuse d’y arriver. Je ne me suis pas trompée, puisque aujourd’hui, nous partageons notre grand magasin, Marine étant spécialisée dans les robes de soirées. Nous avons chacune nos idées, et des styles différents, tout en partageant nos astuces et notre savoir-faire. Morgane Paris PArX (MPP), créatrice de chaussures bien connue sur SL, est une amie de longue date aussi, qui a toujours été présente amicalement, et surtout m’a fait beaucoup avancer techniquement. Nous sommes fidèles en amitié, et il est fort agréable de pouvoir partager nos connaissances, et surtout aussi d’apprendre des autres. On n’est jamais au bout de ce que l’on doit apprendre, la création doit aussi rimer avec humilité…

A5(en)- Marine was one of my first students some years ago, and most of all a good friend. A personal note I wrote on her profile then amuses me: “future designer”. She was very committed with a furious desire to succeed. I was not wrong, because today, we share our big store, Marine being specialised in evening dresses. We have each our ideas, our different styles sharing the same tricks and skills. Morgane Paris PArX (MPP). well known shoes designer in SL, is an old friend as well, who was always present in friendship and, most of all, helped me to evolve technically. We are loyal friends and it is nice to be able to shore our knowledge and learn from each other. We never are on top of what we know and have always something new to learn. Creation should also rhyme with humility…

 

Sue Moonwall in Edika Creation - ZORA photo by Sue Pose Morgane's runway - MVW Costume Michela pose 2

Sue Moonwall in Edika Creation – ZORA photo by Sue
Pose Morgane’s runway – MVW Costume Michela pose 2

Q6fr- Depuis que vous êtes dans le métier, plusieurs changements ont eu lieu, dont l’arrivée du mesh, et bientôt le fitting mesh. Comment vous adaptez-vous à tous ces changements?

Q6(en)- Since you are designer, many changes occured, like the mesh clothes and soon the fitting mesh. How did you adapt to those changes?

R(fr)- A vrai dire, nous avons mis un an pour en venir au mesh: Manque de connaissances techniques, et cela parait insurmontable… Comme il faut s’adapter à la demande, je tente très timidement de faire quelques créations, sans toutefois faire les mesh moi-même (mais c’est en cours) pour le moment. Besoin d’apprivoiser cette technique, mais mes clientes sont assez “timides” de ce côté-là, et regrettent le manque de flexibilité. Alors j’allie mesh et flex pour garder ce côté féminin.
J’aime les meshs pour la diversité créative qu’ils apportent, mais il est clair que ces techniques ne sont pas à la portée de tous, cela nécessitant des connaissances de logiciels assez lourds.

A(en)- In fact, it took a year before I upgraded with mesh because of lack of technical knowledge and it seems insurmountable. But as we should adapt to the demand, I try slowly to create some, but i won’t use my own yet (it’s in progress). I need to learn and be comfortable with the technique. My customers are a little bit shy about mesh because it lacks flexibility. So I mix mesh and flex to keep that feminine aspect they looking for. I love mesh for the creative diversity it brings, but it is obvious that the technical skills are not reachable for everyone, because it needs to use heavy logiciels knowledge.

Q7(fr)- Est-ce que vous avez des liens avec le domaine de la mode dans la vraie vie?

Q7(en)- do you have any links with fashion industry in real life?

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Christian Lacroix

R7(fr) Absolument aucun… Mais un vide qui va probablement se combler avec une grande star de la mode avec qui je vais être en contact par une de ses mannequins. J’ai eu la chance de recevoir chez moi un grand couturier qui n’est pas moins que Christian Lacroix! Mon but serait de faire un vrai book avec mes créations, et de les proposer à des créateurs. Qui sait? Christian Lacroix a, par ailleurs, été jury d’un concours sur Second Life il y a quelques années où il fallait créer un costume de scène à partir de ses tissus, concours organisé par le CNCS : Centre National du Costume de Scène qui s’était implanté sur Second Life.

A7(en)- Absolutely none… But it is a void to be probably soon fullfilled with a great star of fashion with whom I might
get in contact through one of his models. I had the chance to have for dinner at home a great designer who is not the
least Christian Lacroix. My wish is to make a real book with my SL designs and make suggestions to great designers. Who knows? Christian Lacroix have been jury in a second Life contest some years ago introducing scene costumes using his fabrics. (contest oganised by CNCS (NCSC): National Center of Scene Costume
who got inside Second Life.

Q8(fr)- Qu’est-ce qui vous différencie des autres créateurs?

Q8(en)- What makes you different from other designers?

R(fr)- Comme pour certaines créatrices, on reconnait notre style immédiatement. J’ai travaillé longuement pour y parvenir. À vrai dire, je n’ai quasiment aucun contact avec les autres créatrices, dont je ne sait pas quels sont leurs réelles motivations (artistique ? financière ?). Je pense, tout comme mon amie Marine, mettre tout le plaisir de créer dans nos tenues, et cela doit peut être se voir, enfin je l’espère. On reste surtout dans un “même esprit” qui est notre marque de fabrique et semble plaire, de la création jusqu’à la photo du vêtement. Au début, il est difficile de trouver ses marques dans le domaine de la création, tout semble avoir été tellement fait, et vu! Finalement, on espère vraiment se démarquer dans un style qui est le nôtre, même s’il est récurrent dans le thème. Mais je reste très admirative du talent des autres créatrices. Ah! Si! Un truc en plus! Nous restons très attachées à nos clientes, donc nous essayons d’être le plus souvent disponibles, de ne pas être invisibles, d’être réactives aux demandes, et de montrer que nous ne sommes pas là que pour “vendre”, mais aussi pour garder surtout un lien relationnel et amical. Nous avons la prétention d’aimer ce que nous faisons et surtout de ne jamais considérer que nous sommes “arrivées” au sommet. Le relationnel est extrêmement important, c’est aussi une approche commerciale je le reconnais, qui prend parfois du temps, mais nécessaire. Second Life n’est pas loin de la réalité. Nos clientes achètent nos vêtements, c’est grâce à elles que nous continuons, et ne sont pas de simples porte-manteaux…. elles sont notre meilleure publicité, et nous nous faisons un devoir “d’exister” en tant que personne, et pas seulement en avatar-commerçant.

A(en)- As some others, we can recognise our style immediately. I worked long to get there. In fact i have almost no contact with other designers of which i know nothing about their motivations (artistic? financial?) I think, just like my friend Marine, put all our joy to create inside our outfits and it should probably show, at least, I hope. We stay mostly in a “similar mind” which is our trend mark, and it seems to be appreciated, from design creation to garment photography. At start, il is hard to find our mark in design, everything seems to have been done, and seen! Finally, we really hope to stand out in a style that is our own. even if it repeats in theme. Though, I truly sdmire others designers talent. Oh! Yes! One more thing! We stay very attached to our customers, so we try to but most of the time reachable, to not be invisible, to be reactive to requests and to show we are not there only to “sell”, but also to keep a friendly relationship with them. We are also demonstrative of the love of what we do and never pretend we are “arrived” to the top. Public relation is extreamely important and i admit it’s still a commercial strategy that take some time, but it is necessary. Second Life is not far from reality. Our custommers actually buy our product and it’s them who makes us continue. They are not simple coat-pegs… they are our best advertisers and it is a duty to “exist” as an individual, not as only commercial-avatar.

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Sue Moonwall in Edika Creation – LEA photo by sue Pose WetCat front1 – trph4

Q9(fr)- Vous êtes impliquée dans plusieurs événements de la mode (défilés, concours…) Quelles sont vos motivations et quels événements vous attirent le plus? Pour quelles raisons?

Q9(en)- You are involved in many fashion events (shows, contests, hunts…) What are you motivations and which events interests you the most? And why?

R9(fr) A vrai dire, nous ne faisons pas la course aux events. On laisse les choses venir. Certains events sont nécessaires, uniquement pour l’image de marque, car les vraies retombées sont rares. Nous participons aussi bien en tant que sponsor pour des petits events, lorsque cela peut aider ceux qui les organisent. Beaucoup de créateurs refusent les events qui n’ont pas de renommée, ce qui est dommage. Les hunts en revanche, vrai, amènent beaucoup de monde, mais pas forcément des ventes, c’est surtout pour le fun et le plaisir de faire découvrir nos vêtements, qui seront forcément portés à un moment…. donc cela reste une bonne publicité. On sponsorise souvent des concours et des défilés, aussi, dont ceux de chez KV Fashion Dream, des italiens très professionnels en matière de défilés. Et aussi de Bel’Lys qui a fait avec MASQUERADE un defilé surprenant et original. Je t’ai toujours citée (Sue Moonwall) comme une des meilleures organisatrices et des plus originales que j’ai connue. Un défilé très inattendu et très bien orchestré.

A9(en)- In fact, we do not run for events. We let things come to us. Some events are necessary, only for visibility and image of mark, because direct benefits are rare. We participate also as sponsors for small events, when we can help the organisers. Lots of designers refuse events whithout prestigious ackowledgement. It is a shame. Hunts, though, truly brings a lot of people, but not necessarily sellings. It’s still a great advertisement. We do it mostly because it’s fun and we like to make discover our product that will be worn for a moment… so it stays a good publicity. We are often sponsors for contests and also fashion shows, like KV Fashion Dream, who are very professional in shows matters. And also Bel’Lys who have done with MASQUERADE a show very unexpected and original. I have always mention you (Sue Moonwall) as one of the bests organisers and of the most original I’ve ever met. A show very unusual and very well orchestrated.

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PALLAZO – RIALTO – DORSO DURO

Q10(fr)- Quels sont vos projets pour la prochaine année?

Q10(en)- What are your projects for the coming year?

R10(fr)- Nous mettre à fond dans la technique du mesh qui nous échappe encore, mais en gardant notre âme du départ, je suis pour ma part assez tentée de faire des vêtements fantastiques. Mais parfois l’inspiration manque. Il faut à chaque fois un coup de coeur pour un tissu pour que l’envie démarre… Difficile de faire des projets. J’aime bien l’inattendu, je raisonne au jour le jour…

A10(en)- To invest much effort in mesh technique that we still struggle with, but keeping the spirit of the start. I am personally tempted to make fantastic garments. But sometimes inspiration isn’t there. Each time I need a heart feeling for a fabric to let the desire to create happen… It is difficult to make projects, then. I like the unexpected, I think and live day by day…

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Sue Moonwall in NAOMIE – Edika Creation – photo by Sue Pose – Morgane’s Runway – Mimmi Boa pose 6 curtain

Q11(fr)- Qu’aimeriez-vous dire aux lecteurs qui lisent cette entrevue?

Q11(en)- What would you like to tell to the readers of this interview?

R11fr)- Que celles qui ont envie de créer n’hésitent pas… Osez! Ne jamais dire “je ne saurais jamais”, tant que l’on a pas essayé… ensuite, promis, c’est comme un “virus” qui ne vous lâche pas. Même si les débuts sont difficiles, tant que vous mettez de l’amour dans ce que vous faites, cela se verra toujours. Et profitez de cette seconde vie pour vous offrir le luxe de vous faire plaisir, d’être une autre femme…

A11(en)- I wish those who wants to create don’t hesitate… Dare! Don’t ever say “I won’t ever know”. As long as we don’t try… After, promise, it’s like a virus that lingers. even if it is hard, as long as you put love in what you do, it will show. And enjoy this Second Life to offer yourself the luxury to make you happy, to be another woman…

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La chasse est donc ouverte! Chaque cadeau ne coûte que 5L… À vos marques, prêts…. partez!

Hunt is now opened! Each gift costs only 5L… On your mark, get set…go!

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Hello Amberchaudry Corpur, thanks for accepting to let us interview you in the light of The runway Perfect hunt edition 4.

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MB: Hi, Can you tell us a bit about yourself? When did you join SL and how long did it take before you start creating?

AC: I joined Sl in 2010, 01/10/2010 to be exact, One of my friends from facebook was using it and asked me to check it out, so I decided to give it a go, i absolutely loved the user interface and the friendly people that I met on the very rezz day, But after a few days of roaming here and there and doing free shopping i felt very bored and left sl for a long long time. Then once on you tube I found a video tutorial from someone guiding how to make clothes in SL, and I was hooked to the idea. I came back to SL to try my designing ability and see how it goes and never looked back :)

MB: To those who don’t know your store yet, What kind of creations do you offer in your store?

AC: [[ Masoom ]] Offers a wide variety of male and female clothes, and also a unique collection of poses for men and women. I have tried my hand on tattoos and I am sure I would launch some of those in near future

MB: Can you tell us, what it meant for you when mesh appeared in SL, as a designer?

AC: I love to experiment with new stuff and I was really excited about mesh to be honest. I always hated the limited nature of prims and sculpts in clothes for SL . Mesh for designers I think is a blessing , its beautiful to wear and easy to make. Win win for all I say. :D

MB: Is there any designer in SL and/or RL that inspired you to want to create? Do you have any mentor?

AC: Not really, I do follow many of Real life trendy designers to get some inspiration, But no one is my mentor so far, I came back to SL after I found out that people are able to make their own stuff. I am Asian , and I could not find much stuff related to my culture I made things for myself at first. And friends recommended I should start sharing or selling .. I just listened to them. :)

MB: If you could only choose 1 outfit from your store, which one is your top favorite or has a special meaning for you?

AC: I would easily name ” Mia Gown ” , Reason for that is that it is the first ever thing i actually made for a second life fashion show , and is a designer inspiration. I never follow a single designer and always make my own unique stuff, but it was fun following the rule of the show and trying to follow a great RL designer. The gown is a John Galliano inspiration, and I did it for charity FFL 2013 show.

MB: Beside designing, what are your other passions in SL?

AC: I am very picky when it comes to friends, and I have very few of them, When I am not working , or i am overworked and don’t want to work lol, I always hang out with them. Catching up with them or just standing there and talking to them is always fun and very refreshing and much needed every once in a while. Besides that I love to explore sims, second life has so much creativity it always manages to amaze me.

MB: What did SL bring into your life?

AC: Sl brought a lot in my life, I found a passion, being an SL designer is very much like being an Rl designer. I have gained a lot of skills, learned stuff to make that can actually even help me in my real life. This experience can help me even run a similar business in real life. I found friends here that i can easily die for. I found love and happiness. Sl gave me everything anyone can ever ask for. I am thankful to that person who recommended me to try it out :)

MB: What would you like to tell to those reading us right now? (the floor is yours)

AC: I would only say always have faith in yourself. There are always times when we are being de-motivated or feel we can not do what we want to , what we need is faith and sincerity to self. And nothing can stand in our way.

MB: thank you so much for answering my questions and letting other get to know you a little more.

AC: Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity to connect with others on a level different than usual work related stuff lol.. thank you so much for having me.

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[[ Masoom ]] Mia gown vendor

Click here to visit her store: Masoom Mainstore

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I am glad to present you our first male designer of this edition, which not only is funny and talented but also one of the lucky one to be able to say they were a Mr Virtual World contestant, MR. V♛ BELGIUM 2012. His creations are stylish, and i urge all models to go by his store, his name is Boniefacio from the store Dot BE Fashion.

Hello Boniefacio! Thanks for taking the time out to talk with us.

MB: You have a lovely brand. Tell us the story about how your store came to be.

BR: Well i started in the MVW competition and we had to do different stylings. I then began to build my outfit for cubism and was thinking hey, what if i bring some of my idea’s into sl … and so i did.  And since i’m from Belgium the name Dot BE Fashion Is a reference to Belgium.

MB: Is there a gender you prefer clothes for the most?

BR: Well i prefer making clothing for both, so i don’t really have a preference. Although its not easy and i have to change into a female form to get all the designs right and see if they match.

MB: Are you the type of designer that constructs clothes spontaneously or do you sketch our your pieces before hand?

BR:  Well most of the times i base my clothes on rl designs and art. I try to bring the rl fashion into sl. My latest collection comes from the runway and from Burberry, but sometimes i wake up at night, take my pen and paper and start to write ideas on it. My new collection that’s coming out after my fashion show will be based on fall/winter.

MB: Would you ever consider teaching others the skill of designing?

BR: I could consider this, but i think designing has to be inside of you. Its an art or like a dj. You can teach someone to sketch stuff or to mix music but if the feeling is not within the person you can teach as much as you can there will be no result.

MB: Describe a designing horror story (such as a certain piece coming out completely wrong from what you imagined), if any?

BR:  I was working on my pieces for my fashion show that’s coming up 27 October and i had such a great design in my head until i brought it into sl and i was what am i thinking this doesn’t look right. After 2h of prims adjusting and texturing i decided to delete the entire stuff and start with something else.

MB: Use three words to describe your design aesthetic.

BR: Bring some art in to fashion casual and formal … o o that’s more then three words.

MB: If you could collaborate and make a brand with any designer on Second Life, who would it be?

BR: Yasum Designs, Azlyn makes fantastic outfits and handmade mesh. She is a wonderful, understanding and straight forward women.

MB: What’s in the future for Dot-Be Fashion?

BR: Well i hope Dot-be Fashion is going to stay and grow further in sl and on 27 October i’m going to show my new collection at 2pm. With some great models that will fill the stage and with 1 surprise … nah I’m not saying what it is. But i will say everyone is invited and they can send me a notecard to get a personal invite.

Take a broom ride to his store: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mikela%20Isle/81/37/22

A special thanks to my personal assistant, Angexx Quandry who created this interview for me.

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Thanks to Wicca Merlin who did the german-english translation, i was able to do an interview with a wonderful lady who creates beautiful clothes for Baboom. Her clothes both mesh and else are handmade, which makes it so much more special. Meet Kyra Camel.

Hello Kyra, thank you very much for allowing us to get to know you better through a couple of questions.

MB: What was your Second Life like since your beginning until you started designing?

KC: I am in SL since 2007. There was advertising in the TV for SL and I was very curious what I could do and what would be possible in SL. On the TV spot as well they said “with building you can earn money”… In the beginning it was not easy to get used to SL and it’s functions, like how to built, whats a viewer and much more. What I learned first was “Go to Jazz Clubs and meet people”. With that I found my first contacts in the Phats Cats club. I was roaming around through different clubs, dancing , flirting and having fun. With all this first contacts I made, I learned how SL works, how to built and I got a lot of great advices.

MB: When did you start creating in Second Life and what made you decide to become a designer in Second Life?

KC: After being 3 month in SL i started looking more and more about clothing. I am a passionate stitcher in SL and so i had a few visions, which got stopped by the way SL buidling works. In the beginning i tried to use full perm items to make my outfits as I was not able to use graphic programs like photoshop or any of those. But I was never satisfied with what i found and so I tried to find other possibilities and found Gimp. I was working hard to understand Gimp and how to make my own layers. It took some time and during this process I lost my temper and nerve. In 2008 i started over and made tried to design fantasy dresses. In the beginning of 2011 I went back to casual and formal gowns… kinda the regular fashion ;)

MB: What do you enjoy doing in Second Life when you are not in creation mode??

KC: At the moment i like to travel around and look for wonderful created sims like Artscreamer and such. Sometimes i like to RP too and write my blogs or foll around in Facebook. AS well i like little browser games to fill some free time.

MB: Can you tell our readers what we can we expect to find in your store?

KC: At the moment woman’s fashion, dresses for all occasions, casual, formal and some accessories and shoes.

MB: You do mesh clothing along with *normal* clothing, which do you prefer and why??

KC: Mesh… i learn to to my own mesh prims and a few to sell already. But i still like the “old” stuff like prims and sculpties, even if i like mesh and sculpties the most ;) To mix mesh and layer with flexible prims is a very interesting thing for me right now. I think a flexi skirt or accessories can add a nice touch to an outfit. So to speak i have no special favor, I think all of the together make it :)

MB: If we were to ask your friends what they think of you, what do you think they would say?

KC: Hmm, *smiles* good question! I think i would love to know that too!*laughs* I think everyone will see me different and it is very difficult to guess what people would say about me. I hope it would be something like “kind, helpful and stable”

MB: Could you tell us something we don’t know about you and that you would wish to share?

KC: I will keep learning, anyways if mesh or what ever will come. I will always try to improve myself with textures, mesh and all what i can get a hold of as i am never satisfied with my self. So stay tuned what will come ;)

MB: Any last message for the readers?

KC: i wish you all a wonderful time and an exciting hunt. Happy Hunting

Thank you for sharing this moment with us.

To visit the store blog: http://baboomcouture.wordpress.com/

Slurl inworld: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Maharepa%20Bay/243/70/22

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I had the chance to get an interview with a special skin and makeup creator.  I had heard of her store so many times but cannot remember the last time i went there. But theses are wonderful, offered in even many skin colors, not only normal skin tones. A big thank you to Wicca Merlin who allowed this interview to be possible, being the translator, as i speak French and English but not German. This Designer is Malicia Python from Silken Moon

Hello Malicia, thank you very much for allowing us to get to know you better through a couple of questions.

Hi Morgane, thank you so much for your interest

MB: How did you discover Second Life, and why did you decide to join?

MP: The first time I heard about SL was actually professional, I heard that some companies had a bad time trying to use the game for advertising. A lot later I was curious about how to be a vampire there – seems I liked it.

MB: At which moment did you start thinking of doing creations in Second Life?

MP: I always loved skins, but had no idea how they were made. I stumbled over a set of templates and really got hooked actually making all the skins I could not find.

MB: Did you have a background in graphic art prior to Second Life?

MP: Only „passively“ I am a copywriter, means I work with designers. So I got a bit about how to make things look good and what Photoshop can do.

MB: Can you tell our readers what we can we expect to find in your store?

MP: I picked the name Silken Moon for the different aspects that conglomerate in my work. The aim for beauty (Silken) combines with imagination (Moon). So you find Vampiresses, dead aristocrats and fantasy characters next to drama queens and 60s girls.

When I thought about a claim for Silken Moon, it was „Skins with character“. I want them to have an attitude – conveying the idea I had making them.

MB:  What inspires you when you create skins and makeup?

MP: Any idea can be the ignition for a new face. A bit of tartan became a punk girl, a book about a 20s girl resulted in creating the Flappers. I see my girls as characters, so even their makeup is unique, matching how I feel they would fancy up for an occasion.

MB: You started to make mesh clothing, what do you love most about mesh?

MP: The way it is to be textured. I hate working on the system clothes for all the seams and stretching when rendered onto an avi. Mesh allows so much more there. And it is a nice change to stare at something not flesh-coloured at times,

MB: If you could have 1 skin you made to have in real life, no matter the skin colors, which one would it be?

MP: Oh thats a tough one. If worn as my own skin, I guess it would be one of the Minas. For ages I have always worn the newest skin I made but I got stuck with Mina as she has a lot of me. If I could just wear it in turns with my normal mug, it would be Clawdia, the angry vampire. Let‘s scare some kids :).

MB: Could you tell us something we don’t know about you and that you would wish to share?

MP: Did you know my skins pick their own names when I make them? At some point, a becomes a persona, that is when a name flashes into my mind – as if they told me.

MB: Anything else you wish to tell our readers?

MP: As I will not make any acceptance speeches soon, I‘d like to thank all the people who gave me feedback – esp. honest criticism, encouragement and lovely compliments on my work. And my friends who bore with my follies and rants and helped in so many ways.

Thank you for sharing this moment with us.

To visit her store: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Napf/31/37/40

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I had the chance to have a small discussion with one of the most models loved hair creators. Either it is in prims or mesh, her hairs fits the lifestyle of the fashion industry, which is why you can see models at the store every time you go there. Tabata Jewell is the owner of Vanity hair.

Hello Tabata! Thank you so much for speaking with us.

MB: What made you decide you wanted to make hairs?

TJ: Hi Morgane, i decided to make hairs, cause I needed hairs. I use to be a model in sl, and the fact that i could not find the exact hair i wanted to style my clothes made me go bald in many fashion shows, so i finally decided to give a try and make my own :)

MB: Do you have a favorite hair color you’re particularly drawn too?

TJ: Not at all, depending on the outfit, skin, styling i will choose the color.

MB: How did you choose the name of your brand?

TJ: well, i use to be a real hair whore, so in order to find new hair stores, i use make up names and look for them in search. So one day i typed ” Vanity Hair”, there was no shop named like this. I thought that if i ever had a hair shop that would be the name for it :)

MB: What hair pack would you dub as your favorite?

TJ: the Fatpack LOL

MB: Are there designers in real or SL (or both!) that you idolize?

TJ: I usually like more the songs than the singers. Meaning i don’t really follow any designer, but if i am in love in with one product i try to buy no matter who is the designer ( some times i like very expensive stuff..then i have to save the money in order to get it, but it really is worth it.) In SL is different cause you get to know who is behind the designs, and when you have a personal relation ship with those designers, the whole thing changes. You love a designer, yes, but in my case i love the person that is behind the designer tag.

MB: Describe your design aesthetic in 3 words.

TJ: Not a clue :D

MB: What are your hobbies in Second life other than designing?

TJ: Obviously shopping, when i am done with a hair, i love styling the vendor picture. So i go around and shop the items for that specific hair, it takes me a whole day or even more to do so. I am very picky with my stylings.

MB: What’s your favorite quote (from a movie, designer, etc.) that influences your daily life?

TJ: “It takes 5 seconds to get to the door and leave my apartment, i give you 3″ This quote is from the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s, may not be exactly like that, as i am translating it from spanish. But i have used it a couple times to get rid of undesirable and rude companies. Well, i guess i am not the only one who has had a bad date :)

MB: What’s next for Vanity Hair?

TJ: I really have no idea, i just go with the flow :)

 

To visit Vanity Hair inworld: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Waterton%20Way/197/111/22

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I have the pleasure to present to you all the very first interview of the Runway Perfect Hunt edition 3 with the designers. This first lady, was in the 2nd edition also, i am sure you will remember her from the gorgeous nails she offered! Adorable, fun, energetic and sweet, now is time for you to enter in her world and get to know better TRPH3 #30 – Kathrin Dassin of Moondance.

 

Hello Kathrin! Thanks for taking the time out to speak with us.

Morgane Batista: What inspires you the most to design? Whether it is bright colors, nature, patterns, etc.

Kathrin Dassin: I think it had alot to do with watching other people creating items for others in SL, and not finding something that fit me and what i was looking for.

MB: Name your favorite piece that you have made and the story behind it’s creation!

KD: I would have to say my saffron swirls 3d set. Which does have a story behind it. I created it while i was actually getting my RL wedding set up, and looking for a invitation that i could do. Well as i was doing the texture, I decided to use the texture for my wedding invite. And so my wedding invite, and my thank you cards, as well as my response cards ended up with that design, and i ended up wearing it in real life as well.

MB: Are there designers in real or SL (or both!) that you idolize?

KD: Yes there are, Spooky Mistwallow, owner of Kastlerock Couture, and Belle Roussel from Chop Zuey

MB: What’s next for the Moondance Boutique? (Any sneak peeks at potential nail sets?)

KD: Of course new nail set sand yes actually i can give you a sneak peek at a new nail that i’m working on, this nail is based on my favorite Anime of all time, Sailor Moon. This is being 100% hand drawn in photoshop and it is very intricate.

MB: If you could design any other thing in SL, what would it be? (Clothes, cars, houses, etc.)

KD: I think Jewelry, but not with the nails

MB: Describe your design aesthetic in 3 words.

KD: Unique, bold, classic

MB: How did you choose the name of your brand?

KD: I was doing belly dancing in the house one day and well the way they move their fingers looks so much more beautiful with nails on it, and one day i saw a bellydancer in front of the moon and that’s how i came up with the brand name

MB: When you came into Secondlife, did you know you wanted to be a designer?

KD: No I didn’t haha

MB: What are your other hobbies in Secondlife?

KD: I enjoy Roleplay, and taking pictures of myself, my husband and friends. And now styling outfits. I’ve started to find it very fun if frustration

Thanks for sitting down to talk with us!

To visit her store: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Precious%20Breedables/101/20/22

 

Personally i would like to offer a huge thank you to my personal assistant Angexx Quandry who made this beautiful interview with Kathrin, for me while i was extremly busy, love you tons.

Look out for the next interview coming soon!

Morgane Batista

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Welcome everybody,

I am so happy to announce the runway perfect hunt is coming up on October 1st. Something unexpected in my real life making my SL life more difficult to deal with. I got a job which takes most of my days, so i been running late on the hunt work. But it’s coming along pretty well now.

Like always, this marvelous hunt was created thinking of models and how we don’t have much time as working models to do hunts and when we do take the time to do one, what we want is gifts that will become useful in our work as runway models and of course print models.

Also what i wished is to have well known stores that are loved by the models already and make them discover little gems that we did not know before. So i am bringing you back designers from the past 2 hunts and added new stores that even i did not know.

Kimmera Madison provided me with the outfit i am wearing on the poster called Sabyn. It’s a wonderful mesh ensemble coming in different sizes to fit your shape better, the jewelry is also from the set. My skin and makeup is in the Jade collection from Oceane Body Boutique, which is also in the hunt for a 3rd time. And of course the pose is Morgane’s runway – Androgyne pose 2 from Morgane Batista Poses.

Here is the stores you saw in the past editions who are back for the 3rd edition:

Morgane Batista Poses, White Widow, CHG Fashion, Aurora Borealis, Shiki, Tres Beau, Oceane Body Boutique, Angel Dessous, xen’s hats, prism, MPP, bubbles, Loveli Mi, Azoury, a la folie, Paris Metro, Moondance, Chop Zuey, ::WetCat:: Builds&Poses, 22769 ~ casual couture, Morphine poses, Quintessência Store, Eden Jewelry, Vanity hair, L+N Signature Designs, Purplemoon and Artistry by ~ E ~.

And those we are welcoming for the 1st time in the hunt:

Miamai, Ezura, Headturners, Dot-BE Fashion, Eden Jewelry, Totally random, Jewelry by zuri, Gizza, Fatal, Posesion, The Funky Chappeau, Mohna Lisa Couture, Just Darling, LIV-Glam, Miss Darcy, Dulce Secrets, Luziefee, Absolutely Smitten Designs, PicMe Poses, Mavazi, Baboom and Silken Moon.

When looking at theses stores what i can tell you is you will get loads of runway poses and jewelry. Also plenty of clothes and watch out for mesh, here they come! Makeup and facial art tattoos, an exclusive skin, hair, nails, an awesome hat and accessories.

This blog will feature again the hints on the Hints and Slurl page of the blog. Multiple bloggers again will showcase in their blog the prizes you can find in the hunt, you will see the link to their blogs on the right side of the page. And the Flickr group of course will still be there so you can post your own pictures taken with prizes you found along with the bloggers and designers who will be posting there too. You can find the group inworld to join for help and discuss with the designers and other hunters.

The time to hunt like models is coming again. I would like to ask you all tho that while hunting please be considerate and remove excessive huds and scripts, so you and others can breathe better.

I hope we get to do more interviews with the designers in the hunt so you can get to know them better.

Prepare lindens, because you won’t be able to resist shopping while you hunt in theses wonderful stores!

Morgane Batista

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Today it is with pleasure that i present you a wonderful designer, WetCat Flux. Not only she is a great builder but also a awesome pose maker. If you ever been to Purplemoon, you will have seen her pose stands here and there. She have a great sense of humor and is a great friend. When you cross her around the grid, don’t hesitate to say hello to her.

 

Wetcat gladly accepted to participate in the Runway Perfect Hunt edition 2. She offers a set of poses for males and female that i also included within a gorgeous build called Window Shopping.

Creating both Photography and runway poses, let me show you examples of her work.

MB: Hello Wetcat, thanks for giving me some of your time today to answer some questions, so we can get to know you better.

MB: Could you tell me how you came across Second Life for the first time? Was it someone who talked to you about it?

WC: As amusing as it may sound, i came across a Build picture while google-ing, and came to SL looking
for different forms of art. as you all know… u end up finding much more.

MB:We find more and more SL pictures in Google, so we can say you were born to build hehe

MB: Being both a builder and posemaker, which came first in your life professionally?

WC:  Building, it was the first thing i did in SL, from my first week in game. the pose making came later.

MB: Can you remember what was the first thing you built to sell, and your first pose?

WC: My first build was my “Forgotten” Swing, that i have updated and still sell in shop. First pose was a couple pose i made called “Uncontrollable” .

MB: Awesome, what type of builds do you create?

WC: Mostly i find myself focusing on couple and single Swings. i have made other things when needed,
but swings are my Passion – as special as they come. Also, i build my pose props, to create a scene as best as i can.

MB: How would you describe the poses that you make, for theses who never had the chance to try or buy your poses yet?

WC: Hmm.. If needed to describe them, i would say i focus on natural.
i Try my best always to minimize game glitches and body twists that happen when u upload poses into sl.
i always aim to show some emotion in movement. a body position can showcase a lot of feelings even if your face doesn’t.. my couple poses thou are most likely taken out of a 15 year old romantic mind lol

MB: Being so fussy on twisting and glitches myself, i can confirm you have gorgeous poses.

MB: A tough question that we don’t want to answer when we are multi-taskers hehe. If you HAD to choose between only build or only make poses, what would you choose?

WC: Hard call really.
Building has become my own private shrink in SL, and pose making is my joy,
So i guess i cant choose lol . point this question to my close friends -
do they rather see me moody or insane?! o.O …Best if they don’t answer that one… lol

MB: LMAO! We can see your poses on the beautiful vendors of Purplemoon, how did this partnership became reality?

WC: ooh .. Poulet lol.. Poulet Koenkamp the Talented owner of Purplemoon and Myself, have been close friends for a long time. ever since my shop was just a box with windows on some un known mall sim lol.  she is my SL Sister now, and my Cupcake lol..
i always sent her my poses and have started to make sets custom to her gowns when she made a gorgeous gown with a special sculpted Wide collar that not every pose could work with. Plus she needed dramatic poses so she asked me, and i did them with joy. since then i have made a few sets for her gowns, that i sell in her store and mine as well.

MB: Do you work with other designers aside from Poulet Koenkamp?

WC: Well.. i don’t consider it “Working” lol… i sent poses for my designer friends,
i custom for them from time to time. i have customed once for ‘Gizza’ and for the ‘::PM::’+’Finesmith’s runway show, and some mermaid poses for ‘Deviance’. Thou mostly i just spam my Friend-list lol. Poulet is the only designer i have customed for on a regular basis.

MB: Is it something that would interest you?

WC: I always love to Custom work. Sadly my time doesnt allow it much, but i enjoy it.
I like helping someone fulfill a vision. poses are meant for that after all. :)
I never turn down a designer.
Plus i am very chatty lol.. and love working with others. so yeah – would interest me for sure.

MB: Have you ever set a goal for yourself in SL? Did it come true?

WC: I set myself a goal every week :P .. i try to accomplish all i set up to do,
but still long way to go lol. some of my goals have come true – yes.
Professionally, i wouldn’t have thought when i first opened my small shop,
that i would be where i am now. The beauty in SL is that we have limitless options to grow.

MB: What do you have or do in SL that you wish you had in RL?

WC: ooh Thats easy!.. The ability to change hair style with just one click, and the same amount of shoes :P
oh and ofc the ability to build.. in RL i cant even nail a picture to a wall lol

MB: What is the biggest difference and similarity between Wetcat and you in RL?

WC: Well, Honestly lol .. this isn’t very known, but ::WetCat:: is actually a combination of Myself and my RL sister, who is currently away from sl due to personal reasons.
She is still working behind the stage lol.. she is the main pose maker and i’m the main builder, thou we both do all lol. Wetcat is very much me in RL. for better and worst lol.. she inherit my Quirks well.

MB: Oh, that’s news to me, i had no idea. If you received 1 million Lindens, what would you do with it?

WC: Buy a sim, Buy all the sculpts on my Buy list, and shop for shoes till i pass out.

MB: What would you like to say to theses reading you right now?

WC: Hope i didn’t bore you to tears with my aimless mumble lol..
I Welcome you all to visit my shop and Thank you for taking the time to read it.

MB: Lol, thanks for the laughs and taking the time to answer my questions so we can know you better.

To Visit Wetcat’s store: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Etherea/42/214/24

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Hello dear readers, I decided to present you some of my designer friends. Today i will be starting with one of my oldest friend, Mandrakke Dagger. I met him when i was almost a newb, at the club he was working at. From the first boots he made that i saw, i knew he had potential, always careful of details. Highly detailed touches added to make every pair unique. No matter what you want, you will find a boot to suit your desires. Mandrakke is currently part of the Runway perfect hunt going from oct. 1st to oct. 31st, offering sexy boots for all the ladies. Find different pairs every week in his 60L weekends vendors.

Hi Mandrakke, Thank you for accepting to do an interview with me.

Morgane: Mandrakke, how did you discover about Second Life?

Mandrakke: I was working with a guy as a level designer and he had mentioned people making real money on games like Second Life, a couple weeks later I stumbled across Second Life from an article in a real estate magazine talking about a guy that got rich selling virtual land so i figured I would take a look.

Morgane: What were you doing in SL, before you start working?

Mandrakke: Playing in the casinos when they were still legal but that didn’t last too long, I think within a month of me being here, the Lindens banned gambling across the grid.

Morgane: What was your first job in SL? Did you like it?

Mandrakke: Technically I guess my first job would have been security at Provocative Night Club and yes it was fun.

Morgane: How did you come up with the idea of creating boots?

Mandrakke: It was either going to be hair or boots and boots allowed more creativity and variety and hair confused the hell out of me. I didn’t know where to start

Morgane: Did you have a specific idea of what your style of boots was going to be?

Mandrakke: In the beginning, I just wanted a small variety, I didn’t have anything set in stone because this was all new to me, I didn’t know what was popular, I just wanted to make a name for myself and see where it would take me.

Morgane: Can you describe us what type of boots you create?

Mandrakke: I create anything from ankle boots to crotch high boots. The one thing that you will find is a lot of them are themed. Everyone is different and has different tastes so I am creating an endless variety of “flavors” and lifestyles for everyone from a nice simple traditional design to an meticulous one of a kind of boot that still has sex appeal.

Morgane: Can you tell us, what makes Drakke boots what they are?

Mandrakke: Well I would have to say there are a few things, one being the detail I put into each boot design, they do not get released until they are perfect and everything is lined up correct or get smacked up side the head and get told they are done. =) The other thing that stands out is the chrome heel and sole, and now the realistic gold heels, if it has a chrome heel, its a Drakke’s, or a cheap copycat.

Morgane: Do you create other things aside to boots?

Mandrakke: No no <smiles> only boots for the time being, the group keeps me busy with new designs but Shade Designs does create matching outfits and they are part of the same store so you can get completely sexified with boots and matching outfits

Morgane: What do you like the most in designing?

Mandrakke: The endless possibilities limited only to your mind. It lets you explore and create anything and everything.

Morgane: Mandrakke, what can we expect from you in the future?

Mandrakke: Well with the introduction of mesh in Second Life, I am thinking I might step… verbally of course… into heels, but that is still a ways into the future and you might be seeing a lot more of Drakke in the news if all goes well.

Morgane: What is your past time in SL when you are not working?

Mandrakke: Not much lol, now a days I work until I fall asleep it seems, my goal is to make Drakke my primary business in all worlds and with that, it doesn’t leave much free time for the time being but when we do find free time, it’s usually goofing around or watching something together, talking, or looking up useless facts and goofy clips on the Internet and if there is a lot of free time, we might run to a CCS sim.

Morgane: Anything you would like to say about you to those reading this right now?

Mandrakke: Hmm, I am crazy, funny, annoying at times, and don’t take things seriously other than my dedication to this business. And of course Thank You to everyone, without them I wouldn’t be here. Please spread the word, if you like what I do, it’s the best thing you can do to help me keep doing it. I have big plans but without the voice of the people, I am only one man.

Thank you Mandrakke for your time!

To see and try his awesome boots, visit his store at: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Phoenyx/70/182/25

Original Blog post: http://morganebatista.wordpress.com/2011/10/03/up-close-with-mandrakke-dagger/

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