The idea of the event is to get people - including those who don't think of themselves as 'artists' - to express themselves by creating an avatar. It was a way to get the Francogrid community together, and it worked. A bunch of local people participated, helping set up the sim as well as contributing to the fashion show. They included Cherry Manga, Erasme Beck, and Archael Magic, and several designers from beyond the FGrid frontier, like Alpha Auer, CapCat Ragu and Meilo Mintaur.
|Akiko avie on the road (worn by Wizardoz Chrome)|
|Praline and Cherry (left center) dwarfed by the huge blue set, just one of a dozen compositions by Cherry|
None of it would have been possible without the rest of the Franco crew, including those mentioned above, plus Gill Beaumont, Ssm Binder, Nino85 Whitman, Cendres Magic and many more... if I try to list them all, you know names will be missing from the list, so ... add them in the comments, if you want.
But while the presentation of the new avatar collection (already available on sim Avatar, Francogrid) is impressive, another really nice innovation was the chance to attend Avatar-building workshops each Friday during the runup to the festival. It just shows how much closer the HG community is growing.
|View from the stalls of the oriental build|
The Premiere was an amazing event. Each avatar or avatar pair (some are available in male and female form) had its own theatrical set, built by Cherry Manga.
From an ocean to a desert to colossal abstract forms....
...from a Renaissance interior to a collection of postcards recalling the Safari, it was an amazing tour de force.
Stunning to look at, the entire production was brought to life by the music of talented Christine Webster .
|Christine seen here wearing Imperator Janus' fiery creation|
Amazing work by grid co-founder and treasurer, Nino Whitman.
We were all astonished by his prowess, it's unlikely that even an SL sim could have done better. Prims, mesh and textures seemed to rez instantly, despite the comings and goings of the audience.
The evening ended in great style.
The ever lovely LadyJo Martin was our DJane, and she had picked out a whole set of vw and rl songs that had the 'avatar' as theme. As we danced, the sets from the show were reprised, and formed a second lightshow, as if we hadn't been treated enough. Especially as the new avies began to sprout all over the room...
A triumph. So... next year, will you be part of fest'Avi?