Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Mission Accomplished!

(Click on image to enlarge.)
Peacock Boxes. Fibers, feathers, and free motion machine embroidery. 30" x 52".

I'm sort of scared of commissions. It's tricky to balance personal artistry with a client's desires. My mentor, Stephen Chesley, only takes "first refusals". So...if it's good enough for him, it's what I do too! Basically, if a client's idea is appealing, I'll do it. They are under no obligation to purchase it. I am under no obligation to make changes if it doesn't satisfy. The clients like my "In Box Series" but needed a specific....very large....size. They wanted me to add peacock feathers. The work is done. It will be part of an upcoming show at Gallery 80808....right outside my studio door. The show is called "80808 on 8-08-08". The resident artists are mounting this exhibition along with some of the former tenants. If the clients like it, they will have that opportunity before the show opens. It can hang with a "red dot" or be available for another art lover! The Olympics open that day too. I'll be in SWEDEN at the embroidery symposium! The publicity for this show is due now, and I'm leaving from Manchester in two and a half hours (4 PM Tuesday!) Mission Accomplished!

(Click on image to enlarge. Crazy Blues in progress!)
When I leave, I'll be taking Crazy Blues with me. I pinned on all these wonderful pieces of vintage crochet and tatting, trim, and scraps of lace. I've been stitching like "crazy" to get all the pins out before trying to go through airport security. Mission Accomplished!

I'll be back next week!


Karen said...

Sounds like a really great way to handle commissions! It turned out great and what a large size too!
Your lace additions on Crazy Blues looks good. Can't wait to see it with all the stitches on it!
Once again you are a whirlwind of BUSY!! Congrats on the show and have fun in Sweden!!

jonio said...

Wow Susan, I love the new pieces with the peacock feathers. Beautiful.

I wanted to let you know that I went to Pickens today. I love Blues Chapel. It's wonderful the photos here of the exhibit pieces are good, but can't do justice to them. I really enjoyed seeing it and love the way you have everything set up. That would make a great meditation room!!

Wanda said...

I never thought about what a commission is. Thanks for the insight. I didn't even realize that people might tell an artist what to do. It seems strange to me but what do I know! Have a great time in England..hope Steve finally go there! And some day we'll get to do something together again! I really look forward to it. Oh...you can always come over and help me move, if you want! ha ha


Hi there Susan I've nominted you for the Brilliante Weblog award.There's a meme too if you'd like toplay along.Hope you have a great trip.

Jan said...

Your Peacock Boxes is totally fabulous! I have peacocks so am naturally drawn to anything to do with them but this piece really rocks! This is the first time I have visited your blog and I am glad I did.