Formation

Formation

Did you know I’m a queen? No. Really. Let me explain.

Every Mardi Gras, the following Sunday is Super Sunday. At this time, Mardi Gras Indians come out to show off their costumes, which they painstakingly made over the course of a year, leading a tribe of people along with them to battle with others for superiority on the streets. The “battle” consists of song, dance, and the costumes themselves. It’s a dying tradition–which is why I’ve been trying to take up masking these past few years.

It used to be that Mardi Gras Indians created their costumes with whatever they could find. Sequins, beads, whatever they had. Over the years, costumes became more and more elaborate until it became a financial burden to create them. Feathers are going to cost you hundreds to make a proper costume now, beads another couple hundred. And everyone is always trying to outdo each other. This was a problem for me. How on earth could I even justify spending so much on plumage when I had bills, you know?

I figured I could replace the beads with clever painting (easy to do), but the feathers? That was a problem.

That changed with the help of some cosplayers, who showed me how to create faux feathers with spray paint and thick enough card stock. Thanks to them, I can carefully construct my cultural costume over the course of a year as tradition dictates.

Heads of tribes or Big Chiefs or Big Queens. Hm… Big Queen Cake. Do you think that’s a nice name?

GEMC Trawler at Half Hitch (Blake Sea)

Today I’m at Turnbuckle Island! I know Gogo was seaside recently too–this is also what I do on my spare time, I come to Turnbuckle, rez a ship, and sail on the Blake Sea. I just got this awesome trawler from GEMC, which is very fun to drive, so you’re welcome to come along whenever I’m sailing! I’m hoping to get a Bandit 60 soon.

What I’m Wearing
Exile – Bond Girl Friday
!gO! – Cosette corset and skirt*
Empty Pockets – Sunnies – Stay True

*available at We <3 RP.

Hi! I’m Aemeth. I paint and make things in SL for fun. Read my blog at Aemy Says.

I Follow The Gods Of Chaos

I Follow The Gods Of Chaos

We <3 Roleplay is back for another round of awesome stuff to make your SL more fun! Because of the inevitability that I won’t be able to showcase everything, I advise you to check out this shopping guide and see what’s for sale. Some of the really cool things that stuck out to me immediately, I’ve included in this shot. I’ll do another post with dresses later.

For now, though, I wanted to show off these awesome weapons from BAMSE and Empyrean Forge, as well as the animal skull from Yummy. I combined these with a cool armor set from Heretech for a look that lets me blend in with a battle sim like Chaos Indivism‘s (btw they’re recruiting right now).

With so much that We <3 Rp is offering, battle sims are something I’m becoming interested in. When I’m not golfing in SL, gardening, or sailing a boat on the Blake Sea, I like running around and blowing people up in combat. Think of combat sims as a neverending game of paintball, but with bombs. You don’t have to become a part of an SL military group to shoot people on a sim, but you should observe the rules when you visit one.

My top advice for engaging in combat in SL is: it’s fun, so don’t get angry if you die a lot. Everyone dies. Then they respawn and come back again. That’s video games for you! So if you visit a combat sim, set your home to the spawn point and remember to laugh.

What I’m Wearing
Heretech – Sororius Armor
Yummy – Faux Animal Skull Headdress*
Jack Spoon – Creepy Mask (Speak No Evil)
BAMSE – Steam Crusher Axe*
Empyrean Forge – Borealis Sword*

Furniture:
22769 – Street Kitchen (background/food vendor)*
Souzou Eien – Apothecary Set (scales and cauldron)*

*available at We<3RP!

Hi! I’m Aemeth. I paint and make things in SL for fun. Read my blog at Aemy Says.

Double Love

According to some people, I’m an “online crossdresser”, most likely because they don’t understand how Second Life works for those who are nonbinary (meaning, a gender identity which doesn’t fit with just “male” or “female”). If you want to understand a bit more, listen in on my story and see how this might stack up against your original opinion of nonbinary users in SL.

Back in 2003, I didn’t know what being genderfluid was. I do, however, remember making a beeline for the men’s section in a department store and buying slacks and oversized shirts to hide my figure. I had no idea why I was doing this. I was just doing it. Before I had a name for what I was, I did it and was happy, not caring about the weird looks other people in the store were giving me.

About ten years later, I began “masking” (as my people call it) for performance art and to play with gender again. I liked the way I felt when people said, “I can’t tell if you’re a man or a woman”. It made me feel powerful, like I had defied something and become a completely new person entirely. I took it and ran with it–it was my life, my rules, but those were not the things I practiced in SL yet. When a newspaper asked me to talk about my work, I talked about shifting genders when masking. I was proud of who I had become and you can find that article to this day. (more…)

Hi! I’m Aemeth. I paint and make things in SL for fun. Read my blog at Aemy Says.

We Need To Talk About Racism On The Grid

Note: Plurk images have been moved to a mirror blog.

The man in this picture could be anything. He’s got fair skin and light eyes. His long hair are put into braids, and his cheekbones are prominent. Even if he didn’t match the race you think I said he was, he is that because I deem him to be.

He is me–as a male, in the grid. I created him to be more creole-looking than my female counterpart, which I still think doesn’t look that Caucasian to me. Before I donned a mesh head with either gender identity, my avatar resembled my grandmother–a creole woman who would probably cut her hair short and dye it bright red if she were the age I am now.

Even if I change bits of myself in the game, I carry my heritage with me. I know other black users who along with me, mix and match hair, eye colors, and skin tones. We don’t do it to escape–but some black users do. I don’t fault them for it because I understand the grid isn’t very tolerant of us.

Second Life has been used as a means of escape for so many people. In the end, though, we’re just that–people. It’s inevitable that things like civil rights would rear their head here after a while. Especially when you get incidents of users being silenced when talking about racism. (more…)

Hi! I’m Aemeth. I paint and make things in SL for fun. Read my blog at Aemy Says.

Goodbye, Art Farm! Hello, Wanderlust!

One Last Look at Edie’s Art Farm from Veyot on Vimeo.

The project I mentioned participating in earlier this year, Art Farm, is now coming down so the sim can be handed off to the next LEA project. Although I joined this collaborative late in the game, I’ve had a ball and will miss our home terribly.

Here’s one last look at the sim and everything we created–thanks to Veyot Resident for recording it all! If you want to see more pictures of Art Farm through all of its semesters, click here.

Where will we go now? Some of the involved artists are taking a break from SL and will return later in the year. For some of us, though, we’re simply going to move to a new home. After a round of voting, we’ve decided to set up house on the same parcel where my mainstore is. I’ve cleared out a gallery space for art shows and have a bar set up for events. We’ll be teaching classes and hosting workshops there in the future. Anyone is welcome to join!

Please keep your eyes peeled on this blog for future announcements on workshops and classes. We hope to meet you!

Hi! I’m Aemeth. I paint and make things in SL for fun. Read my blog at Aemy Says.
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