AltarEgoDesign

Curious Art & Fashion by Lauren Elizabeth Miller

California, United States · 53 Sales

AltarEgoDesign

Curious Art & Fashion by Lauren Elizabeth Miller

California, United States 53 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
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Announcement   W E L C O M E ~ Each item is hand-crafted, vintage-inspired and enriched with classic romance. I use both true antique/vintage materials as well as fragments of the respectably deceased to create truly unique and beautiful works of wearable art. Have an occasion coming up? Please send me a message. I love collaborating with my customers and creating custom works of art just for you.

See rare glimpses of new designs and creative endeavors on:
Instagram~ http://instagram.com/altaregodesign/
Facebook~ http://www.facebook.com/AltarEgoDesigns
Tumblr~ www.tumblr.com/altaregodesign

Or follow my passions on Pinterest (because you just gotta love Pinterest)
Pinterest~ http://pinterest.com/altarego/

I offer exclusive discount codes to all Instagram and Facebook users. Please message me to confirm and I will send the code to you in a note of thanks~



Please indulge & happy shopping!

Announcement

W E L C O M E ~ Each item is hand-crafted, vintage-inspired and enriched with classic romance. I use both true antique/vintage materials as well as fragments of the respectably deceased to create truly unique and beautiful works of wearable art. Have an occasion coming up? Please send me a message. I love collaborating with my customers and creating custom works of art just for you.

See rare glimpses of new designs and creative endeavors on:
Instagram~ http://instagram.com/altaregodesign/
Facebook~ http://www.facebook.com/AltarEgoDesigns
Tumblr~ www.tumblr.com/altaregodesign

Or follow my passions on Pinterest (because you just gotta love Pinterest)
Pinterest~ http://pinterest.com/altarego/

I offer exclusive discount codes to all Instagram and Facebook users. Please message me to confirm and I will send the code to you in a note of thanks~



Please indulge & happy shopping!

Lauren Elizabeth Miller

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Lauren Elizabeth Miller

About

Altar Ego Design is a multifaceted visual display of hair fascinators, brooches, jewelry and fine art

A L T A R E G O became my official business title after I realized how ritualistic my work had become.

P R E S E R V I N G . H I S T O R Y :
Countless young days were spent collecting, admiring and preserving beautiful treasures found on the beaches of Laguna Beach and Mendocino redwood forests. As I began to branch out and explore new avenues of art and mixed media, I discovered that my passion for preserving and working with antique and vintage materials comfortably nestled with the idea of preserving the dead. To place them together creates a homage that people can connect with on a more profound level.

W H Y . T A X I D E R M Y ?
Since there is such a significant energy exchange that occurs with death as well as the process of preserving the deceased, I make sure that all antiques are as naturally examined and collected as any deceased fragments I choose to use.
I really like to know every items back story: what are their origins, if they are imported from another country, belonged to a deceased eccentric old family member, or took part in a memory that was passed to the current owner of the possession. I then have the privilege of honoring the story of each piece, rendering them to the most significant extent of their new life and passing that story on with its new owner.

W H Y . B I R D S ?
Wings have been an obsession of mine from a very early age, and it's exciting to see that my love for wings has become a symbol that has brought me to this current artistic stage.
Wing imagery invades my fine art, but I really love the depth and an understanding of respect that comes with connecting to a once-living being and preserving it with other antique fragments, fusing their seperate histories together. Of course I can't speak for the individual birds that I have preserved, but I'd like to think that they would appreciate the gesture of being perfectly preserved in a state of flight.

T O . M Y . A M A Z I N G . C L I E N T S :
My work tends to lean toward females of all ages and variety, though I like to hope that my pieces grace the bodies and walls of anyone who has a deep love for the curious, the lovely and the macabre. I aim to evoke a sense of wonder and imagination. To take the hand of the Alice within and bring them into a personal wonderland of profound beauty, sultry seduction, and imprint something upon them that maybe they long to express, relay or understand in themselves.

A B O U T . M Y . I L L U S T R A T E D . W O R K S :
The men and women I draw have a lot to say. They are strong, often portraying states of weakness or despair, and they aren't ashamed of their vulnerability.
My drawings tend to speak of heartache, loss, darker concepts, and like the phoenix they rise from the ashes through surrealist, romantic, sometimes darker interpretations. Drawing is my release. It is my therapy, and throughout my life I've used it to tell a story. To share little parts and fragments of my psyche and raw, unbridled thoughts or feelings that lie just below the surface.

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  • Lauren Elizabeth Miller

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Fashion Design, Fine Art, Photography

    Proprietor of Altar Ego Design. Focused on innovative designs with an appreciation of the surreal and a fearless passion for the profound.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 21, 2016
Welcome to my shop! Each piece is made with the single goal of letting the wearer feel beautiful! Have an occasion coming up? Convo me, let's make it special!

Please indulge. Happy shopping!

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
My shop accepts paypal, credit/debit, and Etsy gift cards.

I expect payment at time of purchase unless prior arrangements have been made and agreed upon before checkout. Any item that is purchased without payment will only be held up to 24 hours.

If I do not hear back or receive payment within 24 hours after a transaction, I will be forced to cancel the transaction and renew the listing to be available to other buyers. I accept layaway plans and gladly reserve listings for my customers. Please feel free to message me with any concerns regarding payment for an item prior to checkout and I will do everything I can to help!
Shipping
* SHIPPING CHARGES FOR INTERNATIONAL ONLY *
Since shipping prices will vary from country to country, the cost of shipping will be more or less depending on international costs for your country. Please feel free to send me a private message with your country and zip code and I will get an accurate shipping quote to you.

SHIPPING WITH PRIORITY MAIL:
Priority shipping is the fastest and most efficient way to both track and insure your package both abroad and otherwise. I've tried other providers and services and this is by far the best and most cost-efficient with the most benefits for my clients.
Thank you in advance for your understanding.


* SHIPPING WITHIN THE U.S. IS FREE! *
All US/INTL shipping includes insurance as well as free tracking.

All purchases from my shop are boxed and ready to be shipped within 24 hours of purchase. Packages are shipped Priority and include free insurance as well as free tracking. Once mailed, I will send you your packages tracking number which you can find under 'tracking info' on your transaction order information.
My fascinators are packaged delicately with loving care and ready to wear the moment they arrive!

*LEGALITIES*
While I keep up-to-date and comply with any local and state laws in choosing my specimens and remains of any sort (any and all taxidermy, bones, etc) I cannot be held responsible for sales that may include specimens that may be illegal for your specific state, country, etc.
PLEASE CHECK YOUR LOCAL AND STATE LAWS BEFORE PURCHASE.
Every country and state have various fluctuations on specific taxidermy and specimens and while I strive to understand entirely the legality of each individual country's specific laws, it's always best to check your local laws to be sure before purchasing or even taking in remains of any sort.

If a sale is made and you have not checked your laws beforehand to ensure that the specimen is safe to ship to your location, I will not be held responsible. If you are unsure if an item you would like to purchase contains potentially illegal remains for your specific location, country, etc, please feel free to message me.

*FURTHERMORE*
There are many various vendors both here on Etsy and elsewhere who chance the law and unfortunately create access to illegal taxidermy and remains without disclosing the legal hazards of obtaining and keeping the remains to their clients. This is a very neglectful and wrong for many reasons and while these profiters are not only vending remains that are questionably obtained, they are also banking on the ignorance of their customers to trust that they are perfectly safe when the repercussions could be dire for the buyer.

It is very important to me that you have the best possible experience when doing business and my clients are very important to me, It is my belief that seekers of the curious should remain safe and have the right to a worry-free experience while choosing their next specimen.


If you have a question or concern that is not listed above, please message me! I am happy to answer any questions you may have.
Refunds and Exchanges
My items are non-refundable, so please take the time to read and see all photographs of a listing and feel free to message me with any questions before purchasing. Note that my items are delicate works of art; wear them with care :)
Additional policies and FAQs
CUSTOM ORDERS:
Since each piece I create is unique, so are the supplies I choose to use. As such, please note that I may not have custom request supplies on-hand, so please allow up to a week for me to procure and up to a week to design your custom listing.

For all custom requests that require supplies that I do not have on-hand in my inventory, I must require a down payment of one half of the total cost of the listing.

If you have any concerns about this policy, please feel free to message me :)


Due to the amount of integrity that I put into my work, I am not generally open to trade. However, if you are a shop owner that sells supplies here on Etsy or have a trade offer for a specific item, please message me with the item and what you would be willing to trade. Please keep in mind that this is a professional business that I have liberally poured myself into that also provides an income that I rely on. As such, please note that I reserve the right to refuse any trade for any reason. Thank you in advance for your understanding and respect.