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  • Pearl Grey 01:34 on 22/02/2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Blogged ~ Elle Thorkveld’s Art 

    Elle Thorkveld has consistently kept creating in SL  Here is a post published today about some of what she’s been up to:

    Elle’s Art Lot, Rivulet 

    • Elle 21:18 on 24/02/2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks so much, Pearl, really great blog post. Who knew I had done that much? 😉

      • Elle 21:21 on 24/02/2017 Permalink | Reply

        Looking forward to the Art Truck opening there!

    • Elizabeth Taylor Swift 20:43 on 19/03/2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for the update Pearl! Elle’s work is so beautiful! 🙂

      • Elle 14:37 on 21/03/2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the nice comment, ET!

  • Pearl Grey 17:52 on 01/09/2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Alchemy Inspiration Exhibition by Elle Thorkveld. 

    Alchemy Inspirations 2

    Cordial invitation to visit the exhibition of artist Elle Thorkveld titled “Alchemy Inspiration” featuring generative and glitch art derived from sketches created using Alchemy software.

    Informal artist chat Sunday September 4th @ 1 pm SLT. All welcome!

    Exhibit open September/October 2016 at Montara Bridgeworks Gallery.

    • Elle 20:13 on 11/09/2016 Permalink | Reply

      Pearl, thanks so much for hosting this! Thank you to all who have attended. 🙂

      • Pearl Grey 02:57 on 12/09/2016 Permalink | Reply

        It was a pleasure. Great Q & A’s as well as other enjoyable conversations.

  • Pearl Grey 20:00 on 08/07/2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Random Assets by Elle Thorkveld at MBK Gallery 


    Elle Thorkveld is exhibiting Random Assets featuring Generative Art: Color and Form at MBK Gallery, July through August.

    The opening party is Sunday, July 10th at 1:00 p.m. SLT.

    More information plus SLurl is in this short blog post:

    Random Assets by Elle Thorkveld at MBK Gallery


  • Pearl Grey 20:18 on 17/06/2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Blogged for June: Art Exhibit 

    Bench Art Park and Wanderlust Cafe is showing a new group of pieces including work by Isadora Alaya, Elle Thorkveld, Roxy Rox, Muse Beck, Quinn Leilani, Pearl Grey, RMarie Beedit, Kimika Ying and Myra Wildmist.

    The art is displayed in the park; some have notecards and LMs. There are posters on the wall at the cafe side with info about current and upcoming exhibits.

    Bench Art Park and Wanderlust Cafe June 2016

    • Myra 20:32 on 17/06/2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for all you’ve done on this, Pearl. I think the park is very nice and I’ve even gotten a few photos out of it. 😀

    • rmarie 18:17 on 18/06/2016 Permalink | Reply

      Great work Pearl and everyone.

      • Pearl Grey 03:19 on 20/06/2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Marie. Indeed the success so far has been because of the people who’ve shown up..

  • Pearl Grey 20:37 on 14/05/2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Blogged: Wanderlust Bench Art Park and Wanderlust Cafe 

    Some photos and info about the Wanderlust Bench Art Park which is still less than a month old.  You’re invited to visit and to participate with your work too.


  • Pearl Grey 20:20 on 04/11/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Blog Post on Pop Up Galleries 

    Here are some photos of the Self Serve Pop Up Galleries along with other information in this blog post:

    Pop Up Galleries Fall Session 1 Ending

  • Pearl Grey 18:16 on 12/10/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Pop Up Galleries Changing 

    We’ve been having fun and community with the Self Serve Gallery quadrant at Art Farm. Thanks Elle and everyone! I took photos and blogged the current galleries:

    Pop Up Galleries at Art Farm Changing Soon ~ LEA 28

    • Sergio 19:31 on 12/10/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Wow! Finally I got a weblog from where I be capable oof genuinely take helpful information regarding my
      study annd knowledge.

    • Elle Thorkveld 12:35 on 13/10/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Lovely post, covers the community well! Thank you Pearl!

  • Pearl Grey 12:23 on 03/10/2015 Permalink | Reply

    Sharing the Opportunity 

    To share the opportunity of participating in LEA 28, round 9, and to invite and inform visitors, I posted this to my main blog about summer session:

    Art Farm Co-op ~ LEA 28 

  • Pearl Grey 21:48 on 20/09/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Art Farming with MetaHarper Tools 

    This is my last video about Ant Farm’s summer session. At the Low-Fi seminar given by Glori Maertens of Guerilla Burlesque, a box of info and tools were made available to us including MetaHarper Tools. Elle and Marie have been learning to use it and these clips are from performances they shared at Everything is Part of Everything Else.


    • rmarie 04:16 on 24/09/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for posting this Pearl – and great job Elle! Thanks to Newton for organizing the affair.

  • Pearl Grey 17:03 on 18/09/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Everything is Part of Everything Else Parties 

    I’ve edited the video footage of the two end-of-session parties to 2:13 minutes. It was my intention to be unobtrusive while filming. Some of the art is blurry. But those of us who were there will likely remember the patience and supportive atmosphere as well as the interesting projects.

  • Pearl Grey 19:35 on 15/09/2015 Permalink | Reply

    A Very Brief Look Back at Art Farm Co-op Summer Session 

    Many of us are looking forward to first fall session. Here’s a 3:12 video of just a few of the highlights for me when I was not only enjoying but had Fraps running.


    • Elle Thorkveld 15:31 on 16/09/2015 Permalink | Reply

      A lovely look back, thank you!

  • Pearl Grey 18:04 on 07/09/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    The Others 

    • Elle Thorkveld 23:17 on 07/09/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Well done, Pearl. 🙂

    • Neeva 17:34 on 09/09/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I saw this one and really enjoyed it, Pearl. Your work is inspiring to me.

    • Pearl Grey 23:45 on 09/09/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Elle and Neeva.

    • newton 02:27 on 10/09/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great story, great machinima treatment. Your work is always really interesting!

      • Pearl Grey 00:42 on 16/09/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you. I’ll be contacting your agent to negotiate your availability to star in one.

  • Pearl Grey 17:58 on 14/08/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    A 1:18 Minute Video ~ Setting Up Art Farm 

    A few scenes of some of the early happenings of Art Farm Co-op.

    Setting Up Art Farm

    • Oona 18:01 on 14/08/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great job Pearl! 🙂

      • Elle Thorkveld 13:21 on 15/08/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Lovely video, Pearl!

    • Edie 19:31 on 15/08/2015 Permalink | Reply

      What a beautiful look at the people and projects going on at Art Farm! Thank you Pearl!

      BTW, if you just paste the video URL (Vimeo or YouTube) on a blank line, then it’ll embed right here on MU/Talk. (sometimes with Vimeo you have to take the “s” out of “https://”

    • Neeva 03:19 on 16/08/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’m away from my computer, but really looking forward to seeing this!

    • Pearl Grey 00:10 on 17/08/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you all for your kind comments.

      I’m here because of community and collaboration. Without that, I might as well just work on my projects elsewhere.

  • Pearl Grey 17:31 on 24/06/2015 Permalink | Reply

    Tai Chi Mastery 

    Tai Chi Mastery Certificate

    Thanks to everyone who participated in practicing silent (and not so silent) tai chi at the Vashti 2 dojo. I know that some of you practiced at other times that were more convenient for you. The scheduled practice is well documented on the Flickr MU Documentation group. A special thanks to Izzy who made it possible for us to create this calm retreat.

    MU was about collaboration, not competition, and every contribution was valuable. That being said, I’d like to acknowledge Elle Thorkveld for her recognition that taking care of our bodies, spirits and minds with various practices is important. Even though she was prolific in her expressions of creativity and participation, she also made time to diligently practice the art of tai chi at MU.

    And that is why this fun little certificate of tai chi mastery.

    • Paypabak Writer 17:40 on 24/06/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Bravo, Elle! Thanks for recognizing Elle, Pearl!

    • Neeva 23:59 on 24/06/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I thought that quiet space added so much to the campus. Thanks so much Elle and Pearl. ❤️

    • Elle 14:59 on 25/06/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Paypabak and Neeva for your kind words. Thank you so much Pearl, for the lovely certificate and for being the dojo master and participating diligently yourself! I’m going to miss the tai chi dojo.

      • Paypabak Writer 20:10 on 25/06/2015 Permalink | Reply

        I have a spot of land, very austere and quiet that I could set up for a Tai Chi Dojo once MU is gone. For MU alumni. What do you think?

        • Elle 23:34 on 25/06/2015 Permalink | Reply

          Paypabak, that’s a really nice offer! I’d be interested, let’s see if anyone else would be.

  • Pearl Grey 16:31 on 23/05/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Story Boards Collaboration Finale 

    Katy Back to her Roots

    Art Oluja and I have enjoyed collaborating to bring you the new (and final) Story Boards and the invitation to submit your writing.

    Your challenge: Write whatever you feel inspired to after contemplating the 15 pictures. Shuffle them around, reorder and pick up to 5 faves to go with your work.. Maybe a poem, a short story, or even a series of creative captions.. Send them in via notecard, email or Slack to Pearl Grey and get ready to be read! Your stories will be featured here, at MU Stories!
    More details:
    Include your name or nom de plume you want the writing credited too.
    I’ll be posting your writing and chosen pictures to MU Stories. If you have, or want, a username and password to do so yourself please contact Art. (The pictures are available in the media file.)
    I would also like to post the collaborations to my MU journal blog as I have with the previous ones.
    Any questions not covered here? Ask away.
    The Story Boards and some background about the location and our inspiration can be found at MU Creativity.
    • Ryan 20:00 on 23/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Fantastic you guys! Congratulations & thanks for doing this! Can’t wait to see the results!!

      • Art 09:55 on 26/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Ryan was loads of fun 🙂

  • Pearl Grey 21:05 on 17/05/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Three Stories for the First Half of May 


    We have three stories for the latest Story Boards Writing Project. Joining me in having written a story are Oona and Veyot. Links to the stories are below the photos in the post.

    Details on the next, and last, collaboration will be available soon. You’ll have five weeks to submit your story and they’ll be posted on MU Stories for ease of reading as well as on my journal blog. I’ll be adding them to Creativity as they come in.

  • Pearl Grey 07:14 on 16/05/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Hemingway Studio Tour 

    barn tour

    Several MU learners joined me for tours of the converted barn used as a studio for Hemingway in the mid 1930’s at ASU Virtual Heritage Island. 

    barn tour 2

    Thanks to Aurora, RMarie Beedit, Feels Empty, officialmichaelgreenv6, Elle and Veyot for participating.

    • Izzy 11:57 on 16/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Pearl! Tours or Field Trips is a whole new exciting category of campus activities for us!!

    • Elle 18:59 on 16/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      That was fun, thank you Pearl.

    • Pearl Grey 04:13 on 17/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’m going to be using photos with avatars in them taken at the Johnny Cash home on ASU Virtual Heritage Island for the next story board project.

      I contacted the builder, Painter Meriman, about it and sent him some links and info.

      He gave me a link to the website with real life photos of the virtual builds. http://arkansasheritagesites.astate.edu/

  • Pearl Grey 06:03 on 12/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

    Road Trip to Hemingway’s Studio 

    Pfeiffer’s barn in Second Life is the virtual recreation of a barn converted in the 1930’s as a studio to give Ernest Hemingway privacy for writing. Portions of “A Farewell to Arms” were written there. There isn’t much walking and it might take about half an hour, depending on how much we talk.

    Two times are being offered. Thursday, 14th at 7:00 p.m. SLT and Friday, 15th at 11:00 a.m. SLT. If anyone needs a different time added, let me know. As long as it isn’t when I need to be sleeping, I’ll be willing to arrange it.

    It’s already on the calendar.

    • rmarie 20:46 on 12/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I will be there on THursday at 7pm. Thank you for organising this.

  • Pearl Grey 19:28 on 08/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

    Some Positive Press for Second Life 

    There’s an article that presents a more positive view of Second Life in Atlas Obscura. Written by Eric Grundhauser, it’s titled Forgotten Wonders of the Digital World: Second Life. 

    He had an excellent tour guide in Ziki Questi.

    I discovered the piece this morning in this blog post by Inara Pey.


    • Paypabak Writer 21:01 on 08/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I think that was a key factor: Ziki Questi as guide. A lot of so-called reports have been based on haphazard visits and pre-conceived notions, so this was a very refreshing and very detailed look at the wonderment of SL. It really is a great read, so thanks for adding to the bandwidth!

  • Pearl Grey 04:27 on 06/05/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Updated Story Boards for May 

    The pictures have been changed for May’s story invitation. I apologize for any inconvenience.

    • FeelMyPets 07:38 on 06/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’m sorry all its my fault, I felt self conscious about being in them.

      • astrid 15:29 on 06/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

        whyyyy??? You’re only a box head!

  • Pearl Grey 18:38 on 05/05/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Blog Post about Jane’s Walk to Forgotten City 

    I’ve just posted to my main blog about this weekends off-campus Walk to Forgotten City.

  • Pearl Grey 06:12 on 04/05/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    New Story Boards for the First Half of May 

    Enough people are responding to the invitation-to-write story pictures that I have new ones for the first half of May. This time there are 8 pictures and they are lettered instead of numbered. You can arrange them in any order you wish (and leave some out too). It’s very flexible. Everything submitted so far has been great!

    You can send me a note card inworld or in a message on Slack. Ask if you have any questions. And have fun!



    • Ananda Crystal 14:56 on 04/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Do you want written stories to go there as well?

      • Pearl Grey 17:18 on 04/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, it’s mostly for written stories. We’ve had a few poems as well. You can write a paragraph or one line for one, some of, or all the pictures. You can do this in any order you like.

        For example, someone might wish to write a story for pictures B, C, G and F. When you send me what you’ve written, include the letters so I know how to organize the
        individual post with pictures that I will assemble for each written submission.

        Also let me know what name to attribute it to. We’ve had at least one “anonymous” I think. Any learner is welcome; you don’t have to label yourself a writer or be in the writing program.

        It’s been fun and there’s a nice little collection of stories so far; I think about 14 of them.

        Here’s an example of a wonderfully dramatic story that Astrid wrote. She used all the numbered pictures in order; some had one sentence and some had paragraphs. https://virtuallyeveryoneiscreative.wordpress.com/2015/04/21/story-board-april-15-30-story-by-astrid-rimbaud/

        For anyone who wants to read all of the stories so far, there’s a “Story Pics Project” category in the right sidebar.

        And the older ones aren’t really closed if anyone is inspired to write for them. This is really flexible.

    • Pearl Grey 02:53 on 06/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I apologize but this particular invitation is cancelled. I had permission to photograph the people involved but apparently I had “an entire narrative.” My idea was to give people several choices. I’ll see if I can replace some of the photos soon.

  • Pearl Grey 05:05 on 03/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

    I posted to Bad Ryan’s Trashy Clothing. If you want to contribute let him know and he will set you up with a password.

    my post: http://trashy.clothing/the-aluminum-foil-hat/

    Home Page: http://trashy.clothing/

  • Pearl Grey 09:51 on 02/05/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Jane’s Walk to Forgotten City 

    Feels Empty has strongly encouraged me to do a cyberspace walk. (Frankly, I walk all over the mainland and also walk around my real life city.)  I don’t want to create yet another account on the Jane’s Walk site so I’m posting this here. I think Feels is going to maybe post this info there.

    Anyway, I am choosing a place away from MU, Forgotten City. We can meet at 4:00 p.m. SLT at the Collaborate place, which I think is Maria 5.

    From the land description:

    “A once great city where the prosperous residents were served by the miraculous mechanical automatons. The people have long since disappeared, but the automatons remained and still take care of the crumbling stone walls, abandoned halls and rusty fences.”

    Some of you have likely heard of this place or been there. It’s worth a visit!


  • Pearl Grey 18:45 on 01/05/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Thanks Writers for Participating in April’s Story Boards 

    Five writers participated in the story boards for the second half of April.

    Feels Empty


    Edie Sedgwick (!?)

    Elle Thorkveld

    Astrid Rimbaud

    You can find links to what they’ve written at the bottom of this post.

    • astrid 20:44 on 01/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      This was fun! Hope you do it again!

    • Oona 08:54 on 02/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Always love these, I look forward to the next one. 🙂

  • Pearl Grey 06:52 on 25/04/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    BAOC Award to Elle Thorkveld 


    I choose Elle Thorkveld as the next BAOC Award recipient. Elle has done tai chi at the dojo with me, has an amazing entry in the Cyberart contest at LEA 12, has been involved in GIMP classes, has written for my storyboard projects and now is assisting with the proposal to continue the spirit of Medici University in some form. She gives encouraging words to others and has participated in many projects, events and parties at MU.
    Even with her talent and skills, she’s made time to give positive feedback for my efforts and this is what has made her stand out from many talented and productive learners. Not only has she been supportive in public forums such as this but she’s also been quietly welcoming and interested in how I’m doing on campus.
    I’m rather in awe of her focus, consistency, ability to appear centered while stretching in different directions even more than she’d planned and juggling many things with apparent grace. For these reasons, and more on other levels, I’ve drawn a compass for her and added it to the award.
    Congratulations Elle!
    • Oona 08:20 on 25/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Yay Elle. Congrats!

    • Newton 10:19 on 25/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations Elle, it has been fun visiting your installations at MU as well as at the Cyber Art sim.

    • F33L5 3MPTY 10:44 on 25/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      thanks for everything Elle

    • AlexandreLois1 21:15 on 25/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      totally agree

    • Elle 22:49 on 25/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you very much everyone! 🙂

  • Pearl Grey 01:33 on 03/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

    Three pictures to write a short story about or whatever for the first half of April. They are also rezzed outside in back of my studio at Vashti 4. They’re easier to see here. Instructions in the post. Have fun.

  • Pearl Grey 18:31 on 30/03/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Thank you Whiskey Monday, Drax, Inara Pey, Linden Lab, creators in virtual reality and beings of the universe.


    • Neeva 19:50 on 30/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      And thank you Pearl Gray, for waking me up to an SL artist I didn’t know about with this link, and for your pictures and words, your quiet little oasis of a studio, and for your sweet, inclusive spirit.

      • Pearl Grey 03:38 on 31/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, about that; it’s how I prefer to roll. It isn’t a sign of weakness or lack of discernment.

    • Neeva 18:54 on 31/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Agrees completely. I don’t think having a peaceful beautiful studio or being sweet and inclusive of people you encounter implies weakness or lack of discernment at all.

  • Pearl Grey 22:14 on 25/03/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    I’ve written a blog post with some thoughts about learning parties, different approaches to participation and collaboration, etc. It’s about 1530 words but I don’t really want to cut any more of it out. https://virtuallyeveryoneiscreative.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/more-thoughtful-thoughts-about-mu/

    • Oona 22:24 on 25/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great article. 🙂

    • Elle 00:38 on 26/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      That’s a great article, Pearl, many good points!

    • Tiffany Mosienko 03:12 on 26/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful photos and thoughts, Pearl. I agree that commitments for virtual world art can be very taxing and time-consuming. It’s different for everyone and there is no such thing a normal Everyone is learning and participating at their own pace.

    • Neeva 15:54 on 26/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the link. I enjoyed reading your post.

    • Newton 20:05 on 26/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you Pearl. Art and the way we interact with our art can be – is – quite personal. But not only does “our process” come heavily into play as creators, but also there is the “SL factor,”where – in general – we have highly personalised expectations of what the experience is going to be like. For me, this was the hardest thing about adapting to any community in SL, that “Nothing happens the way we expect it to.”

      The people making the rules at Medici are also artists in the process of the “meta” creation that is Medici University, having THEIR own experience.

      And by the way, thank you for the conversation last week – it was wonderful getting to know you better.

      • Newton 20:30 on 26/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

        I should add, “making and changing” the rules, because we all can contribute to them.

        • Pearl Grey 01:16 on 27/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

          Thank you Newton.

          Your sister has also reminded me (when I’ve expressed anxiety) that the artists in the process of the “meta” creation of MU are having their own experience. I wish I felt a sense that they are enjoying it more and that it’s flowing a bit more to their expectations.

          It’s important to me too that MU is successful, not only for all the emotional investment and other resources the meta artists have put into this but also for modeling effects for the future.

          It’s sad that there’s a waiting list for studios while some are being rarely used. In my opinion it affects us all. I know I’m feeling it.

    • Pearl Grey 00:26 on 27/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for reading and responding.

  • Pearl Grey 06:23 on 12/03/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    The First Four Photo/Story Collaborations 

    Neeva Torok, Veyot, Paypabak Writer and Elle Thorkveld have each written something to go with some photographs I took. I’ve organized each entry into it’s own page on my MU blog. Here’s the link to the first one; the other three are in the next posts when you scroll forward.

    Everyone is welcome to participate. It can be in any medium. The original instructions are in a post I linked to here a few days ago titled Invitation to Collaborate.

    • Neeva 18:01 on 12/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      That worked really well Pearl! I loved seeing the different things everyone saw in your pictures. Elle’s story is very hiku-like, Veyot and paypabak each add their own rich imaginations. The way you gave each version it’s own post really frames each collaboration better now.

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