Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Faced with an Commission Challenge

If a purchaser of your work, likes it, they will often return for something else. Artists really like their repeat customers, as they get to built a relationship with them over time. It gives us a chance to learn what they might like.

Stitched Poppies on Hand Dyed Fabric
Thanks to the purchaser for sending this photo. Those colours do go well in the mug rug's new home!
This was the first mug rug a customer got in the summer and this fall the same customer asked if she could purchase another mug rug in similar colours. Well, I had the textile card below but as the motif was going for a man and he rather likes fishing, I decided those flowers wouldn't do.

Of the red, gold and light green fabric, I only had one piece left unstitched and I thought I would like to use it. But how, oh how was I going to make it into a fishing scene??? I looked at it often over a matter of weeks and finally an idea just came to me. Instead of making very realistic fish, I would stylize them swimming under water. Once I had the idea, what fun it was to stitch in one fish and then then another and then another... Before I knew it I was ready to add the pieced work. What do you think? Very different from the poppies but equally as nice I think.

Kootenay Lake Fish?

'Fox at the Farm' is off to a new home too.


HollyM said...

Love it! It's fun to do isn't it? Like finding figures in the clouds.

Win Dinn, Artist said...

Love, love, LOVE them, Eileen!!!!

Watercolour and Textile Artist, Eileen Gidman said...

Yes, Win and Holly these were very fun to do. I always like a little challenge.

Beth said...

Hi Eileen,
The deconstructed screens are washed and ironed on the next post so stay tuned!!

Laura Leeder said...

As I was reading your post, it occurred to me how much fun you must have creating the final stories for these mug rugs.