A touch of Vintage Lace in Second Life

Vintage Lace, April 2020 – click any image for full size

Vintage Lace is the Homestead region designed and held by Delinda Dench and Second Life photographer Skip Staheli, which we recently had occasion to visit.

This is a peaceful, easy setting, largely designed by Delinda and representing an open, rural location nestled between surrounding islands and offering a rolling, slightly rugged landscape. The landing point sits on a bridge spanning an inland body of water, itself connected to those around the island by two narrow channels.

Vintage Lace, April 2020

Pointing east-to-west, the bridge offers two route for commencing exploration. Which you take is a matter of choice, but given there are few properly defined paths, which way you go is up to you: the natural lie of the land means that all routes through and around the region all eventually meet up.

Westwards, the bridge points towards a deck built over a corner of the lake, and a short wooden walk that leads to the local beach as it sits between high rocky shoulders. Eastwards, and after passing under a little avenue of trees, the bridge points the way to the island’s windmill and land split by one of the two channels connecting the lake with the surrounding waters. A small summer house sits just above the stream, the remnants of a a garden area on the low sloped behind it, just a few mossy flagstones and an old fountain being all that remain.

Vintage Lace, April 2020

Across the arching curve of the stream, a small chapel sits part-way up another hill. The gabled gates, flagstoned bank below it, and the ruin of an old gate suggest that there once may have been a bridge or other crossing linking the chapel with the old garden, but now a fallen tree trunk a little further around the curve of the stream provides the single ground-level crossing point. This provides, in equal measure, access to the chapel, a picturesque waterfall that tumbles into a deep pond and a cottage atop another hill.

The latter is one of two homes on the region, the second being diagonally across the island to the north-west. The route between the offers a fair walk across the region, passing by way of the central windmill. This route also leads past a wood and rope bridge that connects the main island with a massive block of rock that rises from the east side bay. This offshore tower is cut on one side by a path that switch backs up to its almost flat top and the camp site retreat it offers – although a stay there might be dampened by a highly localised downpour.

Vintage Lace, April 2020

All of the properties on the island, the two houses and the windmill, are fully furnished. Like the landscape around them, they offer plenty of scope for photography – but I would point out that the windmill and house to the north-west sit within their own parcels may actually be private homes (given the region itself is generally private), so please be respectful.

Photography is very much the secret behind the design of Vintage Lace. While it flows together as a complete landscape, so too can it been seen as a series of individual locations designed with and eye for photography – be it in the overgrown garden or alongside the horses wandering close to the windmill or on the decks or in the summer house or up on the high ridge and its rocky crossing over the second of the lake’s two outflow streams. Thus, the details throughout are many-fold, and opportunities for both avatar and landscape photography rich.

Vintage Lace, April 2020

I believe I’m right in saying Vintage lace will remain open through until May 4th – although I now cannot find the note where I think I read it. So, if you’re an SL traveller and have yet to see it, I recommend finding the time to do so before the region is closed once more.

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JudiLynn India: abstracted beauty in Second Life

Kultivate The Loft: JudiLynn India

Currently open at Kultivate’s The Loft Gallery, curated by Johannes Huntsman, is an exhibition of art by JudiLynn India.

An abstract painter in the physical world, having studied graphics design at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, JuliLynn has been a part of Second Life since 2010 as both an artist and an engaged member of the broader Second Life community of users.

Kultivate The Loft: JudiLynn India

I’ve been drawing since I could hold a crayon. After the turn of the century, I decided to focus my creativity on acrylic and digital painting and have totally enjoyed the journey. My work embodies my spirit and personality. My goal is to allow you to experience the image with your own mind’s eye. My work is entirely intuitive. I get lost in the layering of texture and colour. Occasionally, I will include figurative work if my spirit is so presented with the composition.

– Juldilynn, discussing her work

For her exhibition at The Loft, Juilynn presents some 22 pieces in a larger format, with a further 10 in a slightly smaller format on a single wall (grouped into two theme of 5 pieces each).

Together, they represent a cross section of her digital acrylic and wet paint work, and all of them offer insight into her creativity as an abstract artist and her ability to offer a captivating mix of form, depth and colour. Each piece naturally calls on the eye and mind to appreciate them and call forth the forms they might suggest. These might be anything from an autumn sunset through a woodland glade to distant nebulae – or perhaps people dancing and coastal waves or distant mountains.

Kultivate The Loft: JudiLynn India

A further aspect of Judilynn’s work is the depth of emotion present within so many of her pieces: primal colours that suggest the baser responses like rage; softer colours and forms prompting calmer, more introspective responses. These are also intensely tactile pieces, calling on the observer to want to reach out and touch them, to be a part of them; this adds a further sense of connection to each piece – one that potentially flows through any purchases that might be made, making them very personal possessions.

All of the pieces in this exhibition are uploads of Judilynn’s physical world art, more of which – for those who would like a piece on their wall at home – can be purchased her on-line gallery and shop.

Kultivate The Loft: Judilynn

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