THE DRAX FILES WORLD MAKERS #27: NYLON PINKNEY

Anyone who knows me even an ickle, tiny, weeny bit in-world knows that I have a bit of a NYLON PINKNEY obsession. If I had to confess to super fan-girling over a particular person in Second Life, then Nylon (unluckily for her) is the one.  Oh, and yes I also fan-girl squee on a regular basis over Strawberry Singh, Draxtor Despres, Torley Linden, Hyasynth Tiramisu, Allegory Malaprop,Canary Beck and Codebastard Redgrave, to name check but a few of the awesome avatars that inhabit our Second Life.

 For me, Nylon encapsulates everything that I love in real life, and she brings that all over into Second Life in her own inimitable fashion. She’s the SLebrity in Second Life I would struggle to talk to the most  because faced with her in-world I’m worried that I would open my mouth and say something like “You’re so cool” and faint.  (Basically embarrassing myself even more than I normally do, which for me would be pretty impressive, don’t you think?) I did actually run into Nylon and Polyester at an event a few years ago and engage them in very limited conversation actually, but they’re too cool for me!

Nylon’s quirky style and her amazing creativity just never fail to impress and amaze me. I always look forward to new releases from her, and when it’s an ARCADE round, well, oh man, I know which Gacha machine will be getting my Lindens first!  I don’t really know why I’m such a fan,  but I think it’s because of the way that she uses colours in her artworks  and the style in which  that she actually draws.  I think my admiration is rooted in a little bit of envy to be honest, purely because I covet her art so much.  She has an amazing imagination. If I was talented enough to be able to draw then Nylon’s approach would be what I would most like to evoke; it just flows and she captures the spirit of the avatars she portrays in her work perfectly.  There’s a warped, edgy humour in the workshe creates too that really resonates with me, and a vitality in the expressions she portrays on her digital canvas. Her style is bold, brazen and unafraid, and it’s always been my opinion that when you wear NYLON PINKNEY you’re (to borrow a Torley Linden phrase) ‘amplifying your awesome’ to the power of ten zillion!

Can you imagine how excited I was to see that Drax was featuring Nylon as the next avatar to focus upon in his seminal THE DRAX FILES:WORLD MAKERS series? (Number 27 already!!)

I confess to being super curious to see what Nylon was like in RL and she looks awesome, as does her twin sister, who happens to be the ever incredible POLYESTER PARTRIDGE. Confession time: I never knew they were sisters, let alone twins,  but it was always obvious they were incredibly in tune with each other because their styles are so complimentary. The fact that they’re twins just  blew my brain if I’m honest. Polyester makes stunning jewellery which she releases under the Yummylabel, and trust me, it really, really is.  I do have a confession to make though, I didn’t know they were behind the PAPER COUTURE label until I saw the video! (I feel incredibly stupid for not knowing because now I do know, it’s kind of obvious. I never said I was intelligent! This is a fab look at Nylon in world, but if you’d like to check out her artwork in real life then you really need to click here. You can also commission a portrait (How awesome would that be?!) by following the link here

Anyway, turn on the video and transport yourself to another realm with the help of your guide, Draxtor Despres and thank the pixel Gods that Draxtor creates these amazing glimpses into our second lives. I assure you our real world would be  far less colourful without them! 

THE DRAX FILES: WORLD MAKERS EPISODE 14 – ROSE BORCHOVSKI, VIRTUAL ARTIST EXTRAORDINAIRE

Yet another fantastic Drax Files from Draxtor Despres.  I can’t believe that we’re on Episode 14 of this amazing series, and I confess I never want them to end!  This time Drax is  taking us on a trip through the art of Rose Borchovski. Hers  is a surreal and enigmatic metaverse experience that merges with reality, enabling Rose to prove the validity of the virtual environment through her work. This is a beautifully edited and intriguing episode of this amazingly popular series. Keep ’em coming Drax! 

The Drax Files: World Makers [ Episode 10: Robin Sojourner]

The latest episode of  ‘The Drax Files: World Makers’ has dropped, and it’s one that really resonates with me.

You see, the lady featured is Robin Sojourner, who I know better as Robin Wood, the creator of some of the most beautiful Pagan artworks I have ever seen.  Her work adorns my most beloved deck of Tarot cards (The Robin Wood Tarot) and her artworks adorn many a treasured tome on my Witchy bookshelves in my real life home.  She’s also the proponent of the theory of cat gravity, something to which I fully prescribe. I guess that you could say I am a bit of a fan..

When I joined Second Life I wasn’t aware that Robin used it as a vehicle for her creativity, so I was of course delighted to discover that she has an in-world presence. Not only that, but as I’ve blogged before, Robin has a fabulous Wiccan Learning Centre in world that you can visit to discover more about this particular Pagan path.

However this episode isn’t about Robin’s Pagan persuasions, but about the way that she uses Second Life.  Robin waxes lyrical about the virtues of our metaverse, and how it can be an essential tool for creative development, arguing that there’s not much difference between real life work and engagement in the virtual, and that both are equally valid.

I adored this episode. It was so lovely to see someone I really admire featured, and I also think that Robin may actually be Mrs. Santa Claus! (If the gentleman in the video is indeed Robin’s partner as I am speculating, than check out his amazing beard! What a guy!)

Here’s to another fantastic instalment of this essential machinima series; great work as always Drax!

The Drax Files World Makers: Mad Pea Games (Avatar Blogger Crossfit Challenge(Entry 28 of 30))

Draxtor’s latest video takes us into the realm of gaming in Second Life with Mad Pea Games.

A team of collaborators, with Kiana Writer at the helm,  build dark and dynamic gaming environments which really push the limits of the Second Life experience.

Drax discovers how the team works together to create successful games in a world often plagued by frequent avatar crashing and lag, and also gets a sneaky peek at their next project.

This latest instalment really turned me on to the idea of using Second Life for gaming, and I cannot wait to try out the Mad Pea experience for myself.

Enjoy, and great work as always Drax!

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(LOVE this guy above!)