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Journal Entry: Mon May 4, 2015, 1:44 PM

~*~*~*~  Happy Spring!  ~*~*~*~


The Festival season begins! DaraGallery will be at the following events:

- Mayfaire on the Green, Holland Patent, NY - May 16 & 17. More info:

- NY Capital District Renaissance Festival, Altamont, NY June 13 & 14. More info:

And here is my tentative schedule:

- Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park, NYC, September 2015
- Cairo, NY Apple Festival, Columbus Day Weekend, October 2015

...and I'd love to do this one ...need to work out logistics: 
Medieval Fantasy Renaissance Faire, Ansonia, CT, weekends June 20 - July 5


Thank you On Fire for Handmade for the feature! Check it out here:…


CUSTOM ORDERS: My available inventory of masks and other crafts can be found here:,… here: If you can't find what you need at these locations contact me for custom work. 

Custom Order Price List*:

- Brocade, satin or brocade/satin masks with a paper mache base: $35-$45, dependent on the cost of the embellishments. Note: I can create a less expensive brocade mask for $22-24 each (paper mache or pressed paper base). It will not have a felt back, layered trims or a handmade fascinator. Contact me for a sample picture.

- Brocade or satin masks with a lightweight pressed paper base: $28-38, dependent on cost of embellishments.

- Mulberry paper/flower masks - paper mache and mulberry base, $35 - 37

- Handmade papier mache imp, goblin or bird/feather masks: $60-80 depending on complexity.

- Vegetable Tanned Split Leather Masks with lace, satin and/or brocade finish - $36 to 42

- Vegetable Tanned Tooling Leather Masks $43-55 

- Victorian Ornaments: $18, multiples - $17 each

* Does not include a small design fee for some projects. Deposit may be required. See my Etsy Store policy page for details. Couples masks or multiple orders receive slight discounts.


FaceBook business page:…;

Please take a second to like It would be greatly appreciated!



Sanitizing Feathers

When researching the proper way to sanitize bird feathers I came upon a lot of information - some of it good, some of it not so good and some of it just plain confusing. I have summarized the most useful info here in a blog on the subject:…



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Calico Indian Dance Masks by DaraGallery
Calico Indian Dance Masks
One week to do ten masks with mostly not my materials. Wasn't sure I'd pull it off, but I did. Personally, I would have liked to do these with leather splits and mimmick the actual sacks worn by the tenant farmers. There was no time or budget to order new mats though.  

Thank you Dreamer for donating your mane and part of your tail and RIP anonymous turkey wherever you may be. It got me to a more organic look than was achievable with typical craft store stuff. 

More info on the interesting history of the Calico Indians and the rent wars:… The dance showdown is tomorrow. Can't wait to get pics of them on the dancers!

Help! I'm thinking of renaming my dA site & online venues (Etsy, Goodsmith', etc). Which name do you like best? 

10 deviants said Rose Mountain Studio
8 deviants said DaraGallery
7 deviants said Modern Maskology
5 deviants said Dara Trahan Studio



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Thank you for the faves! Much appreciated! :) :heart: 
caddman Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
    Dara ....Much thanks for the :+fav:S ...:hug::heart:
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thank you for the favorite, it is much appreciated
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Thanks for the fav!^^
caddman Featured By Owner Edited Jul 1, 2015  Professional General Artist

.....:iconthanksforthefavplz:SS my friend ...:rose: :love:
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Thanks for the fav!
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Thank you for fav on Mini miniature bouquet of roses

LordRavenOrion Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for adding my Phoenix Mask to your favorites! I appreciate the support!
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Thank you so very much for the favourites! Heart 
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