These commissions represent a single piece of artwork, perfect for a portrait of one person or many, together, or a place or house that matters to you or someone you love. They can also be used for wedding invitations, save the dates, or whatever else you can imagine fitting on a page. And because it's the holidays, we came up with a way for them to be tucked under the tree, or presented as a Valentines, Mother's Day, or Engagement gift. we'll even do the wrapping for you.
Nothing makes me happier than spending my working hours drawing or writing, which might seem like an obvious statement but is something I have to remind myself of constantly, as many of you, I am sure, can understand.
I made a promise to myself, about a year ago, that I would stop filling up my days with the jobs that pulled me away from my drawing board (I really do have one, just a very modern one!) and my writing, either physically or mentally.
I knew at that point that I would be spending the bulk of my work days on some really wonderful picture book projects, getting to add artwork to books by some of the best authors out there, and it's been wonderful to have long stretches of time to do nothing but draw, and lovely to see projects stretched out now on my calendar, filling up last year and next year.
Recognizing that a calendar like this would mean a whole lot of solo, sedentary hours, I also made a promise to myself that it was time to bring back and to redesign my weekend sewing workshops, so that the time I did spend away from my family and my creative work was about connecting with other artists and makers and with the individuals that I had come to know online through my work, in beautiful and inspiring places... but more on that later. And, thanks to my family over at Windham, I would design fabric again, with those exact individuals in mind.
This year I offered up a very limited number of family portraits, in time for the holidays. The response was terrific and the project was a lot of fun. And when I began to work on them, these pictures of homes and loves and babies and one particularly funny looking dog, and to read about the stories behind them, I realized, really, how much I loved doing them. A friend was in my home studio one day and was looking at one piece in particular, and I told him that I had watched the family in the picture, through years of being connected to them online and through workshops and industry events, grow from their wedding, watched as the babies arrived, seen pictures of the quilts and the dresses and the renos and the moves to other cities, and as the dog become all grey on the nose, and he said "it's amazing that something like the internet makes it possible for families to have their own personal artists, like they've got their postman and their dentist and their shrink and their babysitter". And I told him, because it was the first thing that came into my mind, that I would love to be thought of that way.
That conversation led to my decision to find other makers online and commission them to make things for me and for my home, which has become sort of an obsession and which will be the topic of another post - with photos - soon, and to my decision to continue to offer these small commissions to my customers and friends.
OK, back, literally to the drawing board. As always, you can reach me directly with questions here.