A Second Life success story: Nyla Cheeky

I’m not sure why Nyla and I met each other – I think it was from our mutual love of SL sculpture (and, in particular, the works of SL sculpture legend Starax Statosky). She told me that she was a designer of high fashion womens wear from Vancouver, Canada, and she showed me a few of her outfits. It was pretty clear that she wasn’t selling the standard SL women’s clothing styles of grunge or princesswear. She had a style and flair all her own as is clear on her website, House of Nyla.

Nyla takes the notion of Real Life-Second Life transfer to the next level. She creates SL replicas of her dresses – dresses that cost hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of dollars. Not only does she draw income from this work, she uses Second Life to determine the popularity of styles and concepts. She has a committed customer (read: fan) base that offers feedback and suggestions. (And I think she draws inspiration from the creative environment of SL, too!)

With a few bucks and a lot of faith in herself, Nyla set about turning the SL fashion world on fire. She quickly went from a small rented space to a larger one, and now to a massive store covering 1/4 of the Starax sim, her inworld boutique for fashions from House of Nyla. Here’s a photo of the two of us from her Starax boutique grand opening (I was in my unfortunate bleach blonde phase…sigh.)…check out the combination of SL and RL photography on the walls:

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Read on after the fold for the more serious moral to the story…

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Cheen’s at it again

Cheen Pitney was kind enough to permit Oyster Bay to be the site to offer up the inworld premiere of his two latest public pieces, Neptune and Bullrider.  Both are fantastic works in their own right, and worth a stop-by to look at.

Neptune is a towering piece, using a flowing texture script to animate the water.  Viewers really should pay close attention to the head as well, as Cheen really did a wonderful job with the hair.

Bullrider, while not as massive a structure, shows off a depth of understanding of both the bull and the rider’s motion – and expressiveness.  Viewers of the pieces suggested that the rider really is in mid-launch from the bull….and that a followup piece of the rider on the ground is in order!  Cheen said that he made Bullrider in commemoration of the Calgary Stampede, which is underway right now in his native Canada.

I also had to grab one more snapshot, that of the impressive bull’s head.  Amazing, amazing work!

Thanks to Cheen for showing these pieces at Oyster Bay!  Everyone is welcome to stop by and enjoy!