Last month I had a commission for one of my tea cosy dolls. They wanted one based on SCTV’s Edith Prickey. This was a bit different then my standard “Granny” tea cosies and I had a fun time watching videos of Edith. I even rediscovered an old one I saw hundreds of times when my youngest was a toddler “Put Down the Ducky”! Eventually this is what I came up with:
Interestingly on the art forum that I frequent there were some long discussions on doing commissions. Many people felt that doing them was a form of “selling out” , that some how ones art was corrupted by it being requested and paid for. For me I have always felt it was a compliment, someone saw my art and wanted something special just for them. That they trusted my artistic vision and hoped I would be inspired by their requests. I have always seen it as a way to look beyond my own little box, to get inspired by something I hadn’t thought about. I have rejected commissions in the past though, ones that wanted me to do exact duplicates of things, and no, I will not make a caricature of your boss. But as long as I have the artistic control, it is a fun thing to do. Yes I can get inspired by that shade of blue you love, or that picture of your grandmother, that scrap of fabric, or that memory of your heritage.