Interested in Commissioning an Art Quilt?
Original Fiber Art by Kate Themel
THE COMMISSION PROCESS
I welcome opportunities to create commissioned artwork for individuals, groups, or professional organizations. My goal in accepting commissions is for the process to be both gratifying for me as an artist and pleasing for the client who will integrate my art into their living or working environment.
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.
Please note that an up-front design fee is charged for all 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 an initial drawing, the design fee is retained as compensation for my time in developing the design concept.
In addition, once a design has been agreed upon, I will require a materials fee before production begins. Should a client refuse the finished artwork, the materials fee is retained to cover the cost of materials and time spent creating the artwork.
I hope we can work together to create something beautiful for your home or office.
Thank you for your interest in my artwork.
Some Frequently Asked Questions:
How does the process begin?
Everything begins with a friendly and open conversation. You are under no obligation to buy anything or sign anything during an initial conversation. The purpose is to discuss our expectations and hopefully agree to move forward with a commissioned artwork.
Once we agree on a general size and theme, we can begin to outline the price and a timeframe for work to be completed.
How do you determine the price?
The final price can be estimated by the finished size. As a general rule, I charge $2.50 per square inch for commissioned artwork. For example, a composition measuring 12”x 12” (144 square inches) will cost roughly $360. The price may increase if the design is extremely complicated, requires hand stitching, embellishments, or if the client wants to use rare or expensive materials.
How long does it take to finish?
The time it takes to complete a composition varies depending on the size and complexity of the design. As a general rule, I estimate 1 month per square foot. For example, a finished piece measuring 12” x12” is one square foot, therefore it would take approximately 1 month to complete. Deadlines and delivery dates can be negotiated. The final selling price may be increased for rush deliveries.
The delivery date will be determined once both parties agree on the overall design and size of the artwork.
Can you create a design based on a photo?
Yes, but there are limitations. I cannot create artwork based on a copyrighted photo, licensed design or another artist's work unless the copyright holder provides written permission.
Also, not all photos work well as paintings or fiber art. During our initial conversation, we may discuss options or interpretations of photos in order to agree on the best approach.
Can I choose the fabrics you will use?
Generally, no. But exceptions can be made. My goal for every design is to create a balanced and beautiful composition and use high quality materials.
I will create an initial drawing and will provide fabric samples if you like. These are to be used as a guide, so that we can agree on a general color scheme and tone.
However, the creative process often has a life of its own. In order to do my best work, I need to have control over my materials.
I purchase my fabric and thread from a few trusted sources that I've worked with for years. Having consistency and predictability in my materials allows me to focus on the artistic decisions.
If you want to commission something using special materials like silk, rare textiles, family heirlooms or clothing, that can usually be done but may increase the final price.
Can I see the design before you begin?
Yes. I will provide an initial drawing or digital “mock up” 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 changes in the design.
Can I see the artwork while you are making it?
Sorry, no. I do not provide “in progress” photos or visits while working on commissions. The piece may go through several drafts and variations before I am satisfied with the design, and sometimes the final version looks very different than it did at earlier stages. I have found that sharing photos during different stages is confusing to the client and slows down the whole creative process.
With every commission, my goal is to meet or exceed the client's expectations. 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 the options. As the artist, I must have the final word on creative decisions, and I take that responsibility very seriously.