How does the commission process begin?
The first step in the commission process is a conversation to discuss what type of work you’re looking for. You’re under no obligation to buy anything or sign anything during our initial conversation. The purpose of this conversation is to discuss your expectations, how your expectations fit with the type of artwork I create. Once we’ve agreed to move forward with a commissioned artwork and have agreed on an estimated size and theme, we’ll begin to determine the price and the timeframe for work to be completed.
Do you require a deposit?
Please note that a 25% up-front design fee is charged for all commission projects. When a client chooses to move forward with the design, the full amount of the design fee is applied toward the cost of the project. Should a client choose not to move forward with the design after receiving the initial design concept, the design fee is retained as compensation for my development time.
Once a design has been agreed upon, I will require an additional 25% deposit and a $50 materials fee before production begins. Should a client refuse the finished artwork, the full 50% deposit and materials fee is retained to cover the cost of materials and time spent creating the artwork.
How do you determine the price?
I price my work using a formula that factors in the dimensions of the work, the costliness of the materials to be used, and the labor-intensity of the techniques and processes that will be employed in creating the work.
I charge a flat fee for the pieces in my Soul Songs series based on their size. Small necklaces are $410, medium necklaces are $615, large necklaces are $820, and extra-large necklaces are $1,225.
The final price for pieces in my Soul Artifacts series can be estimated by the finished size. I charge $13.25 per square inch for commissioned Soul Artifacts. The final price may increase if the design is extremely complicated, requires hand stitching, embellishments, or if the client wants to use rare or expensive materials.
I charge a flat fee of $625 for the pieces in my Soul Warriors series.
How long does it take to finish a commission piece?
The time it takes to complete a commission varies depending on the size and complexity of the design. The delivery date will be determined once both parties agree on the overall design and size of the artwork. Deadlines and delivery dates can be negotiated. The final selling price will be increased for rush deliveries.
Can I choose the materials you will use?
My goal for every design is to use high-quality materials to create a balanced and beautiful composition. I’ll create an initial drawing and will provide fiber and textile samples to be used as a guide so that we can agree on a general color scheme and tone. Please be aware, however, that the creative process often has a life of its own. In order to do my best work, I need to have flexibility in my use of materials. I purchase my materials from trusted sources that I’ve worked with for years. Having this consistency and predictability in my materials allows me to focus on artistic decisions. If you want to commission something using special materials like silk, rare textiles, or family heirlooms, we can discuss the options during our initial conversation. This may increase the final price.
Can I see the design before you begin?
Yes, I will provide an initial drawing before production begins on the final artwork. At that point we will have another conversation to make sure our expectations for the project are in line with each other. This is the time to address any concerns or proposed changes in the design or color scheme.
Can I see the artwork while you are making it?
I’m sorry but I don’t provide “in progress” photos or allow studio visits while working on commissions. The piece may go through several drafts and variations before I’m satisfied with the design, and sometimes the final artwork is very different than earlier stages. I’ve found that sharing photos during different stages is confusing to the client and slows down the creative process.
With every commission, my goal is to exceed the client’s expectations. During the creative process, if for some reason I find that a major part of the design or construction needs to be changed from the original drawing, I will communicate with the client to explain my reasoning and we can discuss options. As the artist, I must have the final word on creative decisions, and I take that responsibility very seriously.