SL Christmas Expo Merchant Spotlight Interview with Moriko Inshan of -Hanaya- Home & Garden
WE ARE DELIGHTED YOU CHOSE TO BECOME A 2016 SL CHRISTMAS EXPO SPONSOR! WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GET INVOLVED WITH RELAY FOR LIFE OF SECOND LIFE AND THE EXPO?
I’m always open to donate my work to RfL, since I’m a cancer survivor myself.
WHAT ARE SOME ACTIVITIES OR THINGS YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO AT THE 2016 SL CHRISTMAS EXPO & WINTER BREEDABLES FAIR?
I’m really looking forward to wandering around at the expo, looking at how my colleagues have set up their stores and what new things they have created.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN SL? WHEN DID YOU OPEN YOUR BUSINESS?
I’ve been in Second Life for almost 9 years. -Hanaya- Home & Garden has been in operation since the Fall of 2010 and is still located in the same location as when we opened.
WHAT PRODUCTS DO YOU CREATE?
I made whatever I feel like, but mostly Home and Garden decor.
TELL US WHAT INSPIRES YOUR CREATIONS.
It depends. It could be something I see in real life or a magazine, something that just pops into my head when I’m reading a book, or just some random idea that appears out of thin air. But always realistic and following the seasons.
HOW DO YOU KEEP UP WITH THE LATEST TRENDS IN SECOND LIFE?
I don’t really. I occasionally look at Plurk or Flickr, but I don’t really sit down and “investigate what is in style right now”. I do my own thing and don’t worry about what others are doing.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST FAVORITE ITEM YOU HAVE EVER CREATED AND WHY?
I don’t really have a most favorite item. On our home sim, we make a point of featuring other people’s work, so some of those are my favourites. Especially scripted animals, fish and birds.
DO YOU HAVE AN IN WORLD STORE? DO YOU MAINTAIN A PRESENCE ON THE SL MARKETPLACE?
Yes, and yes. As mentioned, my in world store is still in the same little skybox on mainland that we started on. Links to both are in my SL profile 😉
IS THERE ANY ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO A PERSON WHO IS STARTING OUT IN YOUR CHOSEN CAREER?
My store is definitely not a career – it is a hobby I suppose. Are hobbies still a thing? As far as advice – have fun and do what you are passionate about. Stop when it stars to be a chore instead of a joy.
AS YOU KNOW WE ARE ALWAYS GROWING AND LEARNING. IS THERE ANY ONE THING YOU WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THE TIME TO LEARN MORE ABOUT (SL or RL) AND WHY?
I want to take lessons in watercolor painting.
IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH THREE FAMOUS PEOPLE FROM HISTORY, WHO WOULD THEY BE AND WHY?
Capability Brown (a gardener from the 18th century), Julia Child (whom I’ve actually met in real life when I was a kiddo), and Roger Tory Peterson (a naturalist and famous birder).
WHAT ONE WORD WOULD YOUR FRIENDS USE TO DESCRIBE YOU?
TELL US ABOUT YOUR SHOP AT THE EXPO. ARE YOU OFFERING ANY EXCLUSIVES AND IF SO, WHAT ARE THEY ?
My space at the expo is a forested area that features 10 brand new nature-inspired products making their debut at the event. They are not exclusives, since they will all be available for sale after the event.
WHAT IS SOMETHING WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2017 FROM -Hanaya- Home & Garden ?
More nature-inspired products.