SL8B Day Two: Building Partnerships, Questioning Linden Homes and Virtual Art

Our Schedule for Tuesday 21st June

Do you have a Linden Home?  Would you like one, but are reluctant to pay for a premium membership?  Or perhaps you would like one if they offered a different style, or a different sense of community? We’ll be talking about this today in our 6pm session.

Or perhaps you want the sophistication of a rather larger home, with furniture to complement it … and in today’s 2pm talk we’ll be meeting designers who are working in partnership.

Meet the Designers: Partners in Creativity
Meet the Designers: Partners in Creativity

2pm Prim Perfect presents: Makers of Magic: Partners in Creativity – Nikki Brennan of Brennan Homes, LaDonna Upshaw of Sweet Romance Furniture, and Cheewha Palen of Ambiance
Desiree Bisani and Cheewha Palen came together to create the store Ambiance Furnishings in May 2007 (the month that Prim Perfect started!). Theirs is a fascinating blend of a shared philosophty as to how their designs should work (they were among the very first designers to create menu driven pieces, for example,  coupled with an idividuality that draws on a range of styles to create an overall harmony.

Nikki Brennan and LaDonna Upshaw, owners of Brennan Homes and Sweet Romance Furniture, respectively, met for the first time in the summer of 1998. Their introduction was arranged by Saffia Widdershins, a mutual acquaintance who was familiar with their work. Nikki had been in touch with Saffia previously, inquiring about talented furniture designers who might be interested in a joint business venture.

Prior to their first meeting, both women had visited the other’s business and, impressed by each other’s creations, knew after only one meeting that they would be a good match. Plans were laid for LaDonna to open a store next door to Nikki’s business in the early fall. In the three years that have passed since then, the two women have worked together closely to provide a unique offering of designs that compliment each creator’s style. Their businesses continue to grow and build a loyal customer base, establishing themselves as one of the places to visit in Second Life when shopping for a new home and furniture.

Question the reality of virtual art in our second session.

4pm   Prim Perfect Presents Ekphrasis: Meet the Artist with Glyph Graves, PJ Trenton and Eliza Wierwight. Today Rowan Derryth talks to three celebrated artists about the very nature of virtual art itself. Each artist – previously interviewed in her Ekphrasis column – works in different medium: Trenton is a master virtual photographer, Graves a thought-provoking sculptor, and Wierwight is a virtual Renaissance woman who does a bit of everything. Through looking at their work and discussing their views on the consumption and display of virtual art, we’ll consider the ways in which it can be considered ‘real’ in the physical and psychological senses.

Creating a Community: Linden Homes
Creating a Community: Linden Homes

6pm: Prim Perfect Presents Creating a Community: Linden Homes – Finding a Way Forward with Cain Maven and Saffia Widdershins
Our last session of the day is an open discussion between Cain Maven of Maven Homes and Quantum Destiny Luxury Homes and Saffia Widdershins. Linden Homes have given a tremendous boost to furniture builders in Second Life (and Saffia is continuing her campaign to make sure that residents realise that installing a potted plant, a sofa, a sex bed and a cuddle rug is NOT furnishing your Linden Home!).  Now can they also give a boost to the home builders of Second Life? And can they also be developed in ways that create a tronger sense of community? We’ll be discussing ways in which Linden Lab, house builders and landscapers could work together to develop the programme is exciting ways!

Prim Perfect is supporting a very full programme of special talks, discussions and TV programmes at the Main Auditorium over the week of the SL8B celebrations. You can see the full line-up here:

Prim Perfect talks and discussions schedule
Prim Perfect talks and discussions schedule

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