Commissioning your own unique Harris Tweed picture
I am happy to take commissions to create your very own unique Harris Tweed "painting" either based on one of my existing pictures that has already sold or to create a brand new picture based on your photos or design. New versions of existing pictures will be very similar to the original, but also different and therefore unique, as I will incorporate different tweeds and yarns from those used originally. For example I was asked to create a "brighter sunny day" version of my original Sycamore Gap picture (see both versions above, original in the middle row of pictures and the, new "sunny day" version in the bottom row of pictures.)
If you wish me to create a commission based on your own photos then I do need really good quality, large, high resolution images to work from in order to get all the fine details.. I am also happy to create composite images based on several photos and there are 2 examples of this shown above. The Highland Cattle were superimposed into a picture of the hall where a couple's marriage took place. The Swaledale ram was also superimposed into the landscape surrounding the commissioners farm, replacing the bull in the photo she supplied me with.
Cost Prices for commissions are based on size and prices shown include professional framing. I am happy to create work in whatever shape or size required. The prices below are all for square pictures, but give a rough idea of cost. 12" x 12" (14" x 14" with frame) £425 13" x 13" (15" x 15" with frame) £475 14" x 14" (16" x 16" with frame) £525 15" x 15" (17" x 17" with frame) £550 16" x 16" (18" x 18" with frame) £600 17" x 17" (18" x 18" with frame) £650
Framing My pictures are all professionally framed in plain wooden frames without glass, as glass really deadens the colours and the textures of the tweeds. I usually have my pictures framed in a traditional style frame with oak stain (see picture of "Mitch" above) or with a white lime wash effect, depending on what best suits the picture. I am also happy to supply work unframed if you wish to choose your own frame. Unframed work is supplied mounted on hardboard and would cost £30 less than the above prices. Postage and packing for commissions costs £25, which includes insurance.
The Process If you are interested in commissioning a picture then either ring me or send me an email with your initial ideas and/or any photos. Sometimes it just isn't possible for me to recreate a client's initial ideas using tweed, as although it's lovely stuff it does have it's limitations as an artistic medium. If this is the case I'll do my best to come up with a mutually satisfactory design solution. When a design has been agreed on I ask for a £100 non-refundable deposit before starting work on the commission. Once I've started work I keep clients regularly informed about how their picture is progressing via email photos until the work is completed.