This morning, I headed to the Casseopia Square for their Easter Event. I went to the St. Patty’s hunt, and was in love with the dollarbies. So, I arrived, finding much cooler things, and was even more thrilled to see the name Song4Amy Freenote, dangling above a person’s head. We began chatting, and within a moment, her SL wife, and business partner Saur Holt arrived. 5 minutes later, I had an interveiw going with the Fashion Geniuses behind “Passionate Neko” and “Bold Vixen”.
Evangeline Schism: So, Saur… you own and run Passionate Nekos. Song, I’ve seen your name on the dollarbies… what exactly do you do?
Song4Amy Freenote: I design prim items for the store, while Saur can do wonderfull primwork, her passion is the clothes. Anything with Bold Vixen on the item is made by me.
ES: Ahh! Ok! So, how long have you guys been designing?
Saur Holt: I started 2 years ago with furry avs, I moved to my passion ,clothes ,skirts, dollies and more, about a year and a half ago. I am well known for my dollies.
Song4Amy Freenote: I have been designing for 3 months now. My baby Saur taught me the basics and I ran from there.
Saur Holt: My old furry store used to be called ‘Lil Saurs’.
Evangeline Schism nods. “Saur, your designs are very EGL inspired. Do you like any of the other designers out there?”
Saur Holt: What inspires me is my SL auntie and mentor Ravenlynn, anime,goth and nekos. My fav stores are LVs and Co., DK hair, Lost Creations, and Cake. I enjoy designing and making people happy, which have also kept me going.
ES: Song, what got you into designing?
Song4Amy Freenote: My main inspiration comes from anime, I try to do stuff that others havent. I love places like Little Heaven, Discord, Nadeshiko kimono designers, anything with a japanese flavour.
ES: Wow… I’ve never heard of any of those places!
Song4Amy Freenote: They are well worth a look.
ES: Saur, what kind of furry Avs did you make?
Saur Holt: I used to make pooks, bunnys,tigers, Roos and kittys. I enjoy making them but my true passion is clothing.
ES: Ahh… so the Pooka from St. Patt’s[Passionate Neko Dreams had a St. Patty’ Dollarbie hunt, much like their current easter one,] was sort of pulling an old rabbit out of a hat?
Saur Holt: My bunny AV is avaiable for the easter hunt. Pooka are an Irish folk tale so I thought it would make an awesome addtion for St. Pats.I made the bunny available just for Easter.
ES: So, are your Avatars still available for sale, year round anywhere?
Saur Holt: I am bringing them back out for sale cuz I do love them and it a shame to have them in my inventory. I spent 3 days this week making ‘lil bunny froo froo'[The 75L bunny Avatar with the yellow dollie dress, for sale in the Casseipiea sim.]
ES: Ever think of using furry models?
Saur Holt nods nods. “Ill be making a special dollie just for furries, being a fan of neko, furry and vamp, my goal is to make every group happy in SL, you can ask my baby[Song4Amy Freenote], I am a people person, and love to make my customers happy.
Song4Amy Freenote: She is a people person, we both are, we like people to be themselves, and feel able to explore that, thats why we both make such a range of items.
ES: Wow! That’s fantastic! I’m trying to get more designers to use furry models.
Saur Holt giggles. “I myself am a furry, neko and a vamp sometimes. I think you’ll be happy with the furry dollie when they’re released next month”
Evangeline Schism nods. “Please keep me updated on it! I’ll blog it!”
ES: May I make a suggestion though? Lots of different furry AV makers use different attatchment points for the tail which are ususally the places that prim skirts sit.
Saur Holt: *Nods* I know that well. *Giggles* I have over 75 Furry Avs.
ES: As a designer, could it hurt your business, to include 2 skirts that attatch to 2 different points?
Saur Holt: No it would not. Like I said I’ve been designing clothes for all most 2 years. One thing I find helpfull is to listen to the customer’s wants and needs. I was asked two months ago if I could make more layers for people with tats, so now my clothes come with different layers so people can wear their tats.
Song4Amy Freenote: Yeah gotta listen to the customer, cause they are your support as a designer.
ES: Pardon for asking, but you two are… lovers?
Song4Amy Freenote: yeah we are 🙂
ES: So each one of your joint designs is like one of your children!
Song4Amy Freenote: I like to think of it more like a symbol of how good we are together, like the latest design, I didnt see till after I did my bit, and they match perfectly, so it shows me are sooo in tune with each other.
ES: Awww! That is really amazing. The latest design, being what Saur is wearing now, right?
Song4Amy Freenote: yeah
ES: It really is amazing. Anything you’d like to tell the Furries of SL?
Song4Amy Freenote: Keep being yourself, SL is about exploring your identity, dont let anyone stop you from doing that!
Saur Holt: Yes anyones welcome at our store. Our aim is to make everyone in SL happy and welcome.