SL8B Day Three: Supporting Businesses, the UWA, and moving between genres

Our schedule for Wednesday 22nd June
Today we talk to designers who are crossing genres – from furniture (and homes) to fashion, and from fashion to furniture (and homes). Meet Maxwell Graf and GM Nikolaidis, talking to Elrik Merlin!  In our Ekphrasis session, Rowan Derryth will be talking to one of the great enablers and supporters of art in Second Life – University of Western Australia (UWA) in SL founder and director Jayjay Zifanwe, And our 6pm discussion will be about Prim Perfect’s programes to support fledgling businesses in Second Life – and well be asking … should Linden Lab be doing more to support this area of the economy?

Meet the Designers: From Furniture to Fashion - and Back!
Meet the Designers: From Furniture to Fashion - and Back!

2pm: Prim Perfect presents: Makers of Magic: From Furniture to Fashion – Maxwell Graf of Rustica and GM Nikolaidis of HomeKraft
What are the challenges for experienced designers when they move into a different field? Elrik Merlin will be talking to two well-known designers who have expanded their work into whole new areas, and learning what they’ve discovered.  Maxwell Graf, the creator of Rustica, is well known for his amazing furniture designs – such as he latest collection of beautifully crafted low prim furniture ion the Mission style.  But now he is working on an exciting range of edgy fashion that is getting people talking!  Meanwhile, GM Nikolaidis, creator of the popular (and much-missed) Spork clothing line (and highly talented artist and photographer), has moved into homes and furnishings with his HomeKraft range.  What have they discovered as they explore new challenges? Come to this discussion and find out!

Learn more about the UWA 3D Art & Design Challenge!

4pm:   Prim Perfect Presents Ekphrasis: The Reception of Virtual Art. Rowan Derryth talks to University of Western Australia (UWA) in SL founder and director Jayjay Zifanwe about the UWA 3D Art & Design challenge, which in just a year has grown to be the largest virtual art competition on any grid. The challenge has enjoyed a great deal of support from the UWA, and we’ll talk to Jayjay about the reception of virtual art in ‘real’ space, continuing our consideration of how we can make such work accessible to a wider audience.

Building Communities: Pathfinders and Trailblazers
Building Communities: Pathfinders and Trailblazers

6pm: Prim Perfect Presents Creating a Community: Supporting Business – the Prim Perfect Pathfinder and Trailblazer programmes with Qwis Greenwood, Saffia Widdershins (and some of the Pathfinders and Trailblazers)
Finally today, we have a discussion session about the Prim Perfect Pathfinder and Trailblazer programmes.  These are two business support programmes run by the magazine – Pathfinders for new businesses and Trailblazers for established businesses seeking an opportunity to grow to the next level.  You will have the chance to meet some – at least – of the Pathfinders and Trailblazers and to ask questions of Qwis Greenwood (the mentor for the programme) and Saffia Widdershins.  You can read more about the Trailblazers and Pathfinders in the latest issue of Prim Perfect.

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:

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