Friday, August 15, 2014

Beware the Sirens

"First you will come to the Sirens who enchant all who come near them. If any one unwarily draws in too close and hears the singing of the Sirens, his wife and children will never welcome him home again, for they sit in a green field and warble him to death with the sweetness of their song. There is a great heap of dead men's bones lying all around, with the flesh still rotting off them."

-Homer's Odyssey, book XII


sirens

This month, Collabor88 is an extra big birthday round: all the guests from the past year have been invited back, and we are holding it in the larger venue from last year.  There's a lot to see!  The birthday theme is Homer's Odyssey, and I drew my inspiration from the Sirens who lure sailors to death with their songs.  While they've become equated with mermaids, the Sirens were actually bird women, not fish women, companions of Persephone who failed to save her from abduction by Hades.  Their song is their lament at their loss of her, achingly beautiful but full of terrible longing that breaks the hearts of all who hear it.

Amphitrite Athena

Feathers hint at scales in a mermaid skirt style, referencing both their avian and aquatic natures.  The dresses are materials enabled and come in 9 colours for the event: the 6 solids of the colour palette and 3 colour combinations, each named after a goddess with a connection to the three patron gods of this round- Athena, goddess of wisdom and daughter of the god of the heavens, Zeus; Amphitrite, goddess of the saltwater seas and wife of the god of the waters, Poseidon; and Persephone, goddess of the death and rebirth cycle of nature, and the Queen of the god of the underworld, Hades.  They come in the 5 Standard Sizes for women, and also include VERY EXPERIMENTAL Fitted Mesh versions for men and women.  Fitted mesh is VERY picky around certain areas where this dress is cut (it may move and resize...but not in the direction or to the same degree as the avatar), so it will not fit properly unless you adjust yourself to suit it in those areas!  Gentlemen, I imagine you're used to nipping and tucking as if your life depending upon it if you want to fit into a dress as it is, but these are more for the Milk than for the Divine.

(left skin by Belleza, middle skin by Tres Blah, right skin by Birdy,
layered hairbases by Ohmai and Nylon Outfitters)

(left skin by Belleza, middle skin by Tres Blah, right skin by Birdy,
layered hairbases by Ohmai and Nylon Outfitters)

(left skin by Belleza, middle skin by Tres Blah, right skin by Birdy,
layered hairbases by Ohmai and Nylon Outfitters)
 
Persephone

To go with the dresses this round are tattoo layer makeup in a matching colour palette, named after the sorceress Circe, who turned Odysseus' crew into swine upon their visit to his island.  Each makeup pack contains three colours- one each of the solids to represent that realm in the palette of the round, and one to match the goddess chosen for it.  All come with and without forehead and cheek contouring (the forehead and cheek contouring also come separate for more laying options), and with and without strong flat black brows.

sirens close

All to be found at Collabor88 this month.

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