I have been lucky with commissions. My customers have come to me familiar with what I do and eager to share in my process. They invited me into their favorite spaces so that I could create just the right piece for them and for their site.
The partnerships that have resulted felt more like collaboration than transaction. We created some meaningful pieces together, pieces of textile art that could have been made by no one else, anywhere else. It's really something.
This macrame piece was created as a customized bedroom anchor for a client who dreamed of the perfect headboard. When we shared with each other our ideas for materials, we easily settled on what was quality, simple, and meaningful: a strong, beautiful piece of driftwood harvested from my family's riverside tree farm and pounds and pounds of large gauge, 100-percent cotton rope.
Sketches flew, notes were made. We went with a classic, geometric design featuring a macro-motif inspired by a shape I often see in the fields between the river and my family's farm. As I sketched, I began to see wheat and grass seed pods, moving in the way only fields of grasses can, snapped into place by what I remember my grandmothers doing with repeating motifs in some of their quilts.
As I began knotting, I couldn't wait to share the progress shots. I love how the geometric design contrasts with and complements the organic shape of the driftwood.
Then, it was delivery day.
The client was so pleased that she couldn't wait another day for installation. Our piece was on the wall in its intended space that night.
My client has styled this piece so beautifully in her rustic-modern home. I love that she paired it with a lush palm, wooden side tables, and pale bed linens. It's a textile maker's dream, to be sure.
I know I am lucky to say that between bespoke, large-scale pieces for a couple of local commercial clients, a project for an oversized outdoor weaving for a beloved garden, and several exciting, smaller commissions, my made-to-order queue is just about full for 2016.
It's sweet to look back on the process, the time, and the care it took to create the piece I've featured in this post. Everyone had such fun and we all learned something new—me especially, on that last point. I know I wouldn't have it any other way.
If you are dreaming of a custom-created piece of textile art for your favorite space, there is no time like the present to put those dreams down on paper (or, you know, email). I'd love to partner with you to build a weaving or piece of macrame just for you and your home, office, or place of business. Contact me anytime at the link above, or send me a note and, if you're ready, a few snapshots of your space, at n [at!] housesparrownesting.com.
(The photos of the macrame piece in which it is installed at the client's home are by the client.)