As much of the Grid knows by now, Gala Phoenix, the incredibly talented owner of Curio, is dealing with every creator’s worst nightmare. Her legal fees to sort out this unbelievable mess are expected to be somewhere in the range of $20k… and yes, that’s in dollars, not Lindens. Gala, like many creators, relies on SL as her main source of income.
I have long loved Curio skins. I own about 7 Curio fatpacks, and I have alts that wear her skins, too. I’ve used them in a bunch of shape ads, and they’re often the skins worn in our pose ads, as well. Needless to say, I am deeply saddened by what Gala’s gone through. It is especially horrible given that this started when she tried to stand up for her brand. There are now other creators who say that Hush is using parts of their skins, but I wonder how many will feel like they can take the chance to file a DMCA on Hush, given what happened when Gala did so back in March. Meanwhile, Hush is still open for business, while Curio is not.
But here’s the positive side of this atrocious mess… some very talented designers have come together to donate their own work and profits to help Gala’s legal fund. This isn’t just about Gala. It’s about the entire community of legitimate, hardworking Second Life designers. It could be anyone dealing with what Gala has had to handle in the past months. This event is called One Voice, and it opens on July 9th and runs through July 16th. What began as an intimate gathering of Gala’s friends and fellow creators, to be held on the Truth District sim, quickly blossomed into a major event… one so large it will now have its own sim. This is the good part of Second Life. This is a community coming together to help raise awareness of this horrific situation, and also to help Gala cover her legal expenses so that she can fight for her brand, for her many years of hard work. The event is called One Voice, and all the vendors will be donating 50-100% of their sales to Gala Phoenix to help her through this challenging time.
Some have questioned why anyone wants to help Gala. Some have said she should’ve known better than to rely solely on Second Life for her income. Some feel this detracts from the Second Life community raising money for more “legitimate” causes. If you’re one of those, please do not comment on this post. I moderate comments and I will delete any negative ones. This is an amazing event. The designers participating all understand that it could just as easily be any of them going through this, and they’ve chosen – of their own free will – to help Gala. How anyone could justify being negative about such an awesome display of support for a fellow creator is beyond me.
And now… without further ado, I’d like to present the first set of pics I’ve taken using items that will be available at One Voice when it opens to the public on July 9, 2012.
This post is significant. This is literally the first time since I joined SL in 2009 that I’ve ever worn a shape I did not make. My RL husband and I joined together, but I had registration issues. It was several days before I was able to join and by then, he’d figured out how to modify his default shape. He taught me how, and so from my first day in Second Life, I’ve always and only worn shapes I made myself (even when I so shouldn’t have, heh). Embody was born partly out of that… I was making so many shapes for fun, it became a business. Rad even gave me a name for my SL profession, and I’m therefore a professional “Shapestress.”
But it is hard to get shapes blogged, even when they are for charity events. I know because we’ve used shapes in charity events, and the times they were actually blogged were few. I get that. Bloggers get really attached to their shapes. Non-bloggers do, too! Even I was hesitant to try mesh for a long time because of the whole “Idonotwannachangemyshape” aspect of mesh. So, I get it, but it also made me really want to blog a shape from the event if one of the designers was generous enough to share them with the bloggers.
So, I’m stepping outside of my comfort zone to blog this shape from Anna’s Shapes. I actually think it’s a very cute shape, and obviously if I’ve always worn my own, I’m bound to be picky. It’s dramatically different from my own “style,” which I think is cool. I mean, if I am going to blog someone else’s shape, it may as well be one that steps outside the boundaries of my usual look!
I paired the shape with this skin from Al Vulo, which is also part of the One Voice event. The dining set is from Adoration Home & Garden, and it’s really cute. There are a variety of place setting options to choose from, and you can rezz food using the placemats. There’s also a pose that’s hilarious called “drunk” and I definitely recommend trying that one out. It’s animated, and a static picture just can’t do it justice, but I laughed really hard when I saw it! Here’s a prelude to that pose, though… I do love some white wine!
The dress is from Sleeping Koala, and will be available at the One Voice event. It’s so darn cute, but the back detail in particular is spectacular. I love detailed back work like this… and I definitely wanted to highlight Evie’s talent. I am so impressed by Ms. Evelyn Hartshon. She works so hard, and she’s so dedicated. Not just to her work as a designer, but just in general, in building an SL community and I really admire her for that! I paired Evie’s pretty dress with a gorgeous jewelry set from Sax Shepherd Designs.
More soon from this event… and thank you to the designers who were generous enough to share their work with the bloggers. It does help to spread the word when we’re able to promote events in advance of them even opening!
Skin: Al Vulo – Georgie – Custard – Natural*
Lashes: Al Vulo – Mesh*
Shape: Anna’s Shapes – Sophia – Small*
Eyes: IKON – Horizon – Dark Purple
Hair: Truth – Vicky – Raven
Dress: Sleeping Koala – Cross Back Floral – Green*
Jewelry: Sax Shepherd Designs – Bijou Mancala – Matinee Necklace & Earrings A*
Table: Adoration Home & Garden – Brown Suede Table (for four) – Casual*
Pose (pic 3): Embody – Bride 5
*Denotes items available at the One Voice event when it opens on July 9, 2012!