As the commissioning person, it’s quite possible you have a clear idea of what you want, and maybe an idea of how it might be made. If that’s the case, we’re talking about realisation of your idea and I can quickly tell you if it’s within my skill set or redirect you if not. If the idea isn’t fixed I can work on the design and realisation, or just the design if you have another supplier for production.
For corporate and public commissions, consultation with and input from building / space users is key for a full understanding of how a piece can be devised for maximum impact and longevity. The budget, along with the size of the location and purpose is likely to dictate the scope and complexity of the design as well as the materials and techniques to be employed. A temporary window display will clearly have very different requirements to a permanent piece of public art or an artwork for a private residence.
• Free consultation: Clarifying the brief
We meet to discuss your objectives, practical requirements, timeline and budget. If your idea is not yet formulated, this is an opportunity to bounce ideas around and to see if there’s some synergy. We’ll also clarify the brief to ensure we both understand the goal, any provisos and deadlines. We’ll also identify other interested parties such as staff and / or the public, with a view to consulting them as part of the design development process. There’s no obligation to go ahead.
• Design Stage 1: Initial rough ideas and cost scoping
I’ll consider your brief and come up with some initial ideas and an idea of cost. We’ll then meet to discuss these and see if you wish to go to the next stage.
• Design Stage 2: Develop and refine design ideas. Identify appropriate production methods and materials, lead time and confirm cost.
• Production: Making it happen!
I will commit to a timescale and give you progress updates along the way.
• Completion – HURRAH!