This is really about two week old news, but here we go.
‘Catbox Curios’ as a brand for me is gone. I did this at about the same time as closing up Toadstool. But its not really a closure. I’ve shifted the name over to ‘Zion Kitty’ and re-purposed my core focus.
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Charlesville/135/24/35 (A-rated land)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bay%20City%20-%20Truro/161/40/25 (G-rated land)
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/40894 (Second Life Marketplace)
Well let be honest here, I’ve never had a core focus. Now I am starting to. I’m going to be making products that have a Roots, or Rastafarian and Christian theme to them. Yes, putting up an Ethiopian stylized church was not just a random whim for me. Its part of a new focus in Second Life. I want to amp up the spiritual side of things for me, and I want to start meeting a demand for the kinds of goods I myself have been trying to find.
This shift began almost a year ago when searching the Grid from some Reggae clothing. I came up short on anything I’d want.
Lots of references to drugs – some of it even anti-Rastafarian references labeled as ‘Rasta’ by people who have no idea what that means or stands for… People use the term to try and draw in the Reggae crowd, but use it for things forbidden to Rastas, like drugs, alcohol, slackness (foul language and conduct) and exploitative sexuality (Rastas are also vegetarian, but I’ve yet to find that mislabeled in SL).
Yes many if not most Rastas (self not included) use a certain ‘herb’ in reference to the words of God regarding Sinsemilla – but this is one thing, and is backed by a very strong disapproval of any other drug. Some devout Rastas will not even use caffeine or aspirin.
Other Reggae clothes referred to specific events – concert posters on t-shirts. Not so general.
So… I mulled over this for a year. Wanting Reggae clothing and not finding many suitable items. In that time I learned more and more about Rastafari and found it was very close to my own theology… morphing my search from Reggae to Rasta…
I knew the solution would only be to do it myself, but I dreaded certain aspects of making clothes in Second Life…
Until now. I’ve decided to jump forward. The initial line is small, and not the most complex clothing in SL. But it suits my tastes, and I’m hoping a few others will enjoy it as well. Some of it has already begun to get some attention on Marketplace. Just enough to let me know I’m beginning down the right path.
I’ve also added some Rastafarian and Christian art to my inworld shop locations, which I plan to put on Marketplace in time.
Hope to get up to some 20 outfits soon, and then let it grow naturally from there as ideas hit me.
And yes, from time to time I will do some rather risque outfits, but I will avoid what I see as negative (dis-empowering) forms of sexuality.