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*Each piece is one-of-a-kind (the one in the photo is SOLD, but I can make you something similar for your special occasion).
**Made to order (please allow for AT LEAST 12 weeks production; contact me prior to placing your order to discuss when you'll need it by).
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Mermaid headdress, LIAISON by Kat Swank. Shells, Coral, Recycled Fisherman's Net (from my local beach), dried starfish & seahorses, swarovski crystals, pearls, abalone and much more.
Sirens or Mermaids were odd looking creatures who had the features of a bird from the waist down and the body of a woman from the waist up. It is said that the Sirens (there were always 3) were induced by Hera to compete with the Muses in a singing contest and lost. The Muses plucked the Sirens of their feathers and wore them as a trophy. With their feathers plucked the Sirens were no longer able to fly and turned half of their body into a fish tail.
The Sirens sang songs to sea travelers to lure them to their deaths. Their songs were enchanting and would make sailors forget their sense of direction. The sailors would steer straight toward the island and crash into the rocks that surrounded it. The island grew white with bleaching bones, from which the Sirens would make musical instruments...
Poem by Margaret Atwood, 1976
This is the one song everyone
would like to learn: the song
that is irresistible:
the song that forces men
to leap overboard in squadrons
even though they see the beached skulls
the song nobody knows
because anyone who has heard it
is dead, and the others can't remember
Shall I tell you the secret
and if I do, will you get me
out of this bird suit?
I don't enjoy it here
squatting on this island
looking picturesque and mythical
with these two feathery maniacs,
I don't enjoy singing
this trio, fatal and valuable.
I will tell the secret to you,
to you, only to you.
Come closer. This song
is a cry for help: Help me!
Only you, only you can,
you are unique
At last. Alas
it is a boring song
but it works every time.
Copyright Vorpal Images, 2010. Photograph by Kenneth Benjamin Reed Model: Emma Pelett Makeup / Hair / Styling: Alicia Mariah Elfving (of Vorpal Images) Headdress & Accessories: Liaison by KatSwank
PLEASE PAY ASAP, NO LATER THAN 7 DAYS AFTER PURCHASE. ALL PURCHASES ARE FINAL, RETURNS FOR STORE CREDIT ONLY, UNUSED ITEMS ONLY PLEASE.
***I SHIP TO THE ETSY SHIPPING ADDRESS, NOT PAYPAL. PLEASE ENSURE THAT THE ETSY SHIPPING ADDRESS IS CORRECT- CONTACT ME IF YOU NEED YOUR ORDER SHIPPED ELSEWHERE.***
Kindly remember that there is more to shipping than just the price on the front of the envelope. All of my items are shipped USPS first class or priority mail with delivery confirmation. Insurance is not included unless the buyer requests it (it's an additional fee- I am not responsible for items lost in the mail or confirmed delivered but not received, so please consider requesting insurance). The "handling" part of shipping is the price of the packaging, the act of packaging, and the to & from of going to the post office. Also, when you receive an item from my shop it is always wrapped with care & love, with a little added gift of some kind attached (usually a pendant on a hemp cord or a silk flower- something to that effect- it's always different). Part of the EXPERIENCE of buying from LIAISON is that when you get your package, it feels like you're opening a gift!
Enjoy & many thanks! ;)
Warmest Regards, Katherine
Liaison accepts returns within 7 days of receiving for an exchange or in-store credit only. Item must not be worn, please.
Most items are made-to-order, so please allow at least 14 days for your item to be custom created and shipped (sometimes longer depending on the depth of the order- the large, intricate performance pieces can take 6 weeks or more from receipt of payment depending on the depth and my current workload). If you need something faster for a special event, please convo me. Ready to ship items are shipped within 7 days of payment. All items are handmade by me and me alone- I am the designer, artist and craftswoman! I appreciate your patience; it's well worth the wait. ;)
PLEASE TAKE NOTE: ALL of my work consists of 100% ORIGINAL work (designs and literature). 2009© LIAISON. All Rights Reserved.
Someone broached the subject recently of "copying" taking place on Etsy. For example, cuffs- who started the trend, and does that designer "own" the trend?
A note on copyright from my lawyer...
"The (cuff, for example) design itself is an idea and is thus not copyrightable. (Usually within 24 hours of any award show knock offs of every single designer dress on that runway will be for sale online and the designers can't do a thing about it. You can't copy and sell the TV footage where you saw the dress but you can copy and sell the dress.) A drawing or a photograph of a dress design is a creative expression of that idea and is copyrightable. It cannot be directly used to construct the item as a pattern can be".
Therefore, my name, literature & photographs are protected by copyright, but the design itself is not. It's still not very nice to make an EXACT copy of someone else's work, but then again we have to ask ourselves, is it ever an EXACT copy? The fact of the matter is that clothing, being a so called "useful item", is not copyrightable.
For more information on this subject, you can read Etsy's policies at the following links:
Etsy's Copyright Policy (DMCA)
Copyright Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Articles written by our Intellectual Property attorney Sarah Feingold (sarahsays)
Anyway, thanks for your interest.
Katherine of Liaison
***** A NOTE ON VINTAGE MATERIALS: I use only the finest vintage materials that I can find when creating my upcycled pieces. Please keep in mind that "Excellent Vintage Condition" isn't the same as "Excellent Brand New Condition". For example, vintage flowers from the early 1900's may have some fading or fraying and sometimes (though rarely) may have small amounts of glue residue which I usually either remove or try to mask if the flower is still in otherwise perfect shape and is GORGEOUS. Soooo, please keep this in mind when ordering upcycled vintage pieces. Thanks SO MUCH for shopping!