DaraGallery

A Masquerade in Brocade! Masks and More by Dara Trahan

Shandaken, New York | 823 Sales

DaraGallery

A Masquerade in Brocade! Masks and More by Dara Trahan

Shandaken, New York 823 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
(145)

Announcement   Welcome to DaraGallery on Etsy. **Please note the deadline has passed for Halloween custom and made to order items.** Have you found that perfect outfit and now you need that perfect masquerade mask? Do you want something unique that others won't be wearing? Then you found the right place.

Here, along with my prints and other artisan craft, you will find my extensive mask collection. Many of the items are ready to ship. If a listing is marked Made to Order, I can usually turn it around in less than two weeks (excluding shipping time). Some items, like my handmade bird masks, or multiple orders, take longer. I also do custom work at certain times of the year. You will see a "Request Custom Order" button when this feature is turned on. *

Clothing grade fabrics are used for the brocade and satin masks. The leather masks are cut and wet molded from vegetable tanned leather. The birds and imps are handmade paper mache and the brocade/satin masks use a standard blank half mask whose shape can be modified. Please see my "about page" for details on my processes and policies or convo me with any questions.

My Victorian-style brocade Christmas ornaments use the same clothing grade fabrics and many of the ribbon roses are hand sewn.

The pirate eye patches are made from my leather and brocade remnants and are customizable. Please note they are intended for costume and not medical purposes. They are not washable or made from sterile materials; however, many people with eye issues do find them useful for special occasions.

The art prints you see here are on high quality photo paper with archival inks. I do have access to Giclee printing if you have the time and would like an upgrade.

Note: These masks are not intended for children and i will not create masks for children for insurance reasons. If you are sensitive to animal products be aware I use leather, feathers and fur in my studio.

* See my policy page cut off dates for Halloween & Mardi Gras custom orders as well as other important custom order information when that feature is turned on. Thanks & Enjoy!

Announcement

Last updated on Oct 13, 2018

Welcome to DaraGallery on Etsy. **Please note the deadline has passed for Halloween custom and made to order items.** Have you found that perfect outfit and now you need that perfect masquerade mask? Do you want something unique that others won't be wearing? Then you found the right place.

Here, along with my prints and other artisan craft, you will find my extensive mask collection. Many of the items are ready to ship. If a listing is marked Made to Order, I can usually turn it around in less than two weeks (excluding shipping time). Some items, like my handmade bird masks, or multiple orders, take longer. I also do custom work at certain times of the year. You will see a "Request Custom Order" button when this feature is turned on. *

Clothing grade fabrics are used for the brocade and satin masks. The leather masks are cut and wet molded from vegetable tanned leather. The birds and imps are handmade paper mache and the brocade/satin masks use a standard blank half mask whose shape can be modified. Please see my "about page" for details on my processes and policies or convo me with any questions.

My Victorian-style brocade Christmas ornaments use the same clothing grade fabrics and many of the ribbon roses are hand sewn.

The pirate eye patches are made from my leather and brocade remnants and are customizable. Please note they are intended for costume and not medical purposes. They are not washable or made from sterile materials; however, many people with eye issues do find them useful for special occasions.

The art prints you see here are on high quality photo paper with archival inks. I do have access to Giclee printing if you have the time and would like an upgrade.

Note: These masks are not intended for children and i will not create masks for children for insurance reasons. If you are sensitive to animal products be aware I use leather, feathers and fur in my studio.

* See my policy page cut off dates for Halloween & Mardi Gras custom orders as well as other important custom order information when that feature is turned on. Thanks & Enjoy!

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Maskology and Such

Why masks? We all wear them in the metaphorical sense. Slipping out of your everyday mask and into one someone's created just for you is like stepping into a fantasy for a little while. And we all need a bit of that now and then.

My adventures in mask making started as a volunteer effort. While at our local Art Council, a group of us were discussing the upcoming Beaux Arts Ball, our largest annual fundraiser. It was noted that it had been a masked ball in the past. We mutually agreed to make it so again!

I was put in charge of finding good quality blank forms and prepping them. One of my collaborators pulled together a group of volunteers to "create." It was a blast. We got together many times to produce around 50 masks. One of our volunteers was a costume designer. He was wonderful. I learned quite a bit watching him. His favorite line was, "It's not a mistake, it's a design feature."

Well, I was hooked. While masks have been a theme running through my digital art work for many years I hadn't created them in 3D form. I wondered what I could do with hand selected materials rather than the odds and ends we had pulled together. Soon I had so many designs I needed something to do with them. That's how my Etsy Shop was born. Now, more than six years later, I find one of the most satisfying parts of creating to be working with others to see their vision for a custom mask come to life.

The masks in my shop run the gambit from handmade papier mache (flour, water, glue and newspaper) often combines with leather or feathers; to purchased papier mache or pressed paper forms which I cover in rich brocades, satins, Mulberry paper, trims, flowers, etc.; to hand cut, molded and tooled vegetable tanned leather of various grades and thicknesses.

Many of the designs are one-of-a-kind originals. Some, like my Athena owl mask, get created again and again often with slight variations. Prices reflect the time put into a piece.

I've expanded into Victorian-style Christmas ornaments, pirate eye patches and leather hair slides. The eye patches, in particular, are my favorite as I've found a real need out there for this product among those with eye issues. As always, I am trying a few new things with leather, trims and brocades. Just wait and see!

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Last updated on May 20, 2018
Welcome! Thank you for your interest in my artisan crafts. I have great fun with them and hope my creations bring you equal joy. Please note that many of my items take time to create and have different design options, so read the listing carefully and make note of the times and your preferences. I do not rent masks and since these items are meant to be worn on the face returns and exchanges are limited.

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Money Order
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 2 days of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
I want you to be happy with your purchase and will grant a refund if the mask/item arrives and is different from the pictures or description posted on Etsy. The item must be returned within 14 days of delivery to your location. Refunds will not be granted until the item has been returned in the same condition as it was sent. Refunded monies will include the purchase price and initial shipping cost. You are responsible for return postage. If damaged by the Shipper, refund will be contingent on proper Claim Forms being filed.

Refunds for any other reason (such as canceled events, item no longer desired, carrier delays) are at the shop owner's discretion - as are exchanges. If a refund is issued for reasons other than "the item was not as described" it will be for the purchase price and will not include my initial shipping fees. See below for return policies on custom orders.

Refunds or replacement orders will not be given on items marked "delivered" by the US Postal Service. If you have not received the package when marked delivered, I will work with you while you contact your post office, file the appropriate missing mail claims and file mail theft reports with your local police to see if we can locate it.

Refunds and replacements on items marked undelivered will be refunded or replaced after the maximum delivery window has expired and the missing mail report filed.
Payment
Paypal, Direct Checkout and US Post Office Money Orders only please. Orders can only be cancelled prior to shipping. New York taxes will be added when applicable.
Shipping
Shipping prices reflect my packaging and postage costs.

Ready made items will be shipped to the specified address within 3 business days (or sooner if possible) of the date on which payment is received. Shipping upgrades are available on most items. If I do not have Calculated Shipping set on a specific item and you desire a different shipping method, convo me.

Domestic: Priority Mail is recommended for speed, tracking and insurance purposes within the US. First Class is reliable, but takes longer. For most orders there is an expected delivery date of 3 to 5 business days after shipping - so order at least a week before that important event!

See the "Additional Information" section below for custom order times.

I ship Internationally to those countries that track or have barcode scanning for First Class packages. You can choose First Class or upgrade to USPS Priority International Mail or Priority International Express at checkout. Note that Priority Express is recommended as it is the only service guaranteed to arrive within the specified time frame and offer a refund if late. Also note I will not ship Priority to some countries due to repeated Customs delays. If you really need it fast and don't want to pay Priority Express prices, convo me on arranging a courier within your country or with your shipping account information. For those countries that do not provide tracking on First Class, I will send packages Priority Express only. Convo me to arrange this. First Class and Priority Mail can take up to 10 business days, so allow two to three weeks to be sure it gets there in time. Dependent on your country, taxes, duties and tariffs may apply. For example, Canada charges a 5 to 15% tax on the item. The buyer is responsible for paying this on delivery. Also, some countries do not accept feather or leather imports or charge a higher VAT on these items. Make sure you know your import laws before ordering these items.

*I reserve the right on Free Shipping specials to ship First Class only.
Additional policies and FAQs
My masks are not intended for children.
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My eye patches are meant as costume accessories, not for medical reasons, though many people with eye injuries/issues have happily used them for special occasions. They are not machine washable due to the leather core ans fabric glue.
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If you are sensitive to animal products be aware I use leather, feathers and fur in my studio.
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CUSTOM ORDER POLICIES (when feature is active):

I will be happy to work with you to design a mask, eye patch or ornament to your liking keeping in mind the following:

1) The design: You should have an idea of the general design you prefer. Please include in your inquiry preferred base material (ex. paper mache or leather), cut/shape (linking to an example helps), fabric (ex. satin, brocade, cotton, the color), trims (ex. cording, gimp, lace, sequins, etc) and finishes (ex. gems, chains, flowers, feathers, etc).

2) Material Availability: Materials must be within my current stock. If outside my stock, the client will provide links to where the materials can be purchased. The client will be responsible for any new material costs. You can either send them to me or I can purchase them after invoicing. Any extra material will be sent to the client unless otherwise arranged.

3) Design Fee/Convos/Mock ups: I generally waive the design fee on small changes to existing listing or a re-do of masks you see in my SOLD section or on DeviantArt. There will be a modest fee for new designs and/or if a mock-up is required. My fee is $15 hour and is included in your custom order purchase price (work, of course, does not begin until after you purchase your custom listing). Conversations can take time and I will try to keep them to a minimum. If all major design points haven't been fleshed out within a half a dozen convos I will most likely require a design fee in advance to proceed further with a design/sketch. It is non-refundable and will be in addition to the "final costs" outlined below.

4) Final Costs: Custom order price quotes are based on creation time, material costs and the design fee. They exclude shipping. My hourly rate is $15/hr. You will be given a breakdown of material costs and anticipated creation time in the custom listing.

5) Copyrighted Material: I will not duplicate other artists work.

6) Production Time: I can usually turn around one mask/ornament/patch in less than two weeks. Some items, like my handmade bird masks or multiple orders, will take longer. As long a lead time as possible is appreciated, and at certain times of the year (such as December for ornaments and January/February for Mardi Gras masks) my available time is limited.

7) Payment: Payment is expected before actual physical work begins or, in the case of materials purchases, prior to these purchases.

8) Approval photo/shipping: The Client will be sent a final photo for approval prior to shipping. A refund may be requested at this time. The cost of any new materials purchased for your order and the design fee may be held back. The item will be shipped within three days of sending the approval photo (even if you don't respond).

9) Custom Orders are not returnable once shipped. However, if the design is very marketable I may accept it back provided it meets my other return policies.

10) Discounts on over six items are negotiable.


Halloween cut off date: Oct. 10th
Mardi Gras cut off day: Three weeks prior to Mard Gras