Kim Eichler-Messmer


Design Process: How a Commission Works

I haven't really written anything here because life got in the way (like getting ready for a show, a new school year and new job as chair of the fiber department this fall, getting my tonsils out, etc). Isn't that always the case? But now I feel a little more calm and I thought I would share a new project I'm working on.

I was contacted a few weeks ago by a lovely woman who lives in London near Richmond Park. She loves the park and spends a lot of time there, but is moving to a different part of London and was wondering if I could make one of my skyscape/landscape quilts of the park for her new house.

Of course I said yes! I really enjoy doing commissions because one of the main goals of my work is to connect with people on an emotional/personal level. I also love seeing the places that other people love.

So, on to the pictures:

She sent me a few of her own photos of the park (the first two) and also sent me the link to Alex Saberi's website - he is a photographer in London who took the other gorgeous images. She told me that she really prefers gray, green, and yellow and so based on the photos and her requests, I came up with 9 sketches, including these 4:

So now I'm just waiting to hear back which one she likes best, or if I need to adjust anything. Once she chooses a sketch, the next step is to dye fabric to match. I'm excited to get started!

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