I have separated commissions into two categories, which you can see from the tabs on this website. If you are interested in reading about the sensitive creation of a memorial quilt, please click here. I have also devoted a considerable chunk of writing about memorials on my blog, where you can see and read about my two-year project, the Barry Recht Memorial Series.
This section is about the fluffier projects, the random things people have asked me to do for them. I love these commissions. As a reporter, I was constantly challenged to do the new and unexpected against the backdrop of a thundering deadline. Art commissions are much the same. Once I figure out what to do, I have to figure out how to do it. Iʼm good at that.
I made a bathroom floosie for a woman who was having her bathroom redone. It featured a woman in a bathtub drinking wine, candles alit. The bathroom decor morphed into a great big sky with goddesses and creatures peeking around the clouds and Disneyland birdies fluttering down on the tub. Incredibly, I didnʼt get a photo before the quilt went to the client. I have made gardens, houses in woodland settings and abstracts galore.
People who read my columns in the ABJ know I love animals and have asked me to do quite a few pet portraits, which are my favorites. I have written about them throughout this website. Diane Barton asked me to make quilts of both her dogs, Rocky and Jackie. So what do you do when the dog is all one color, like a shag carpet? He looked like someone stuck him in a vat of tan dye and had not a hair of another color. Click here to read about Dog Love and Pooch Portraits, the making of Diane Bartonʼs Rocky quilt. Her dog Jackie was a little bit easier because he had more distinguishing markings. Rocky is the pink and blue dog on the far left. Jackie has the polka dotted tongue.
It took six months to make Larry Basarʼs Augie and Henry quilt, set against the backdrop of his gorgeous property.
I met the bully boys, as Larry calls them, in person, which helps me feel their energy. This translates somehow to the cloth, but I canʼt explain the mechanism. Augie is the white one and he was bred for good health. Henry is the brindle, and he was bred for good looks. They are best friends.
I work with the customer to determine price in advance. There are many things we can do to make a commission affordable.