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demystifying commissioned art

 

Commissioning a piece of art for your home may sound out of reach.  Perhaps even intimidating.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  Over the past few years we’ve had the distinct pleasure of introducing artists to clients and helping to finish homes with a commissioned work of art.

The commissioning process nearly always results in a deep, meaningful relationship between artist and patron – supportive and gratifying for everyone involved. It’s a byproduct of the project that no one quite expects at the beginning, but one we know is highly likely when the artist/client match is right, and a bit of nurturing has been provided (sometimes by us, sometimes by a talented gallerist like our friend Candita Clayton).

Intrigued by the idea?  Here’s how to start thinking about commissioning an artist to create a one-of-a-kind piece for you.

  1. Identify artists whose work speaks to you.  You may even own a small piece of his/her work you love, and would like to add to your collection with a larger piece.
  2. Be sure the artist you’re interested in does commissioned work.  Not all do.
  3. Visit and talk with the artist to understand the work he/she is currently pursuing.  What’s on their mind?  What ideas are they working through in their art?  It may be the work you prefer is something done earlier in their career and they’ve moved on to a new style or subject matter.
  4. It’s common (and ok) to ask an artist for sketches that illustrate their direction for a commissioned piece.  Be ready to provide feedback on preliminary sketches and balance your comments with a level of freedom to let the artist’s work evolve.  This isn’t the time to micromanage.
  5. Then, step back and provide ‘artistic license’.  Be patient and allow the artist to do the commission at their pace.  And, be supportive and open to the artist’s evolution of ideas while working on the piece.

Read on to learn about some of our favorite commission projects the past few years.  And, reach out when you’re ready to develop a relationship with an artist, and their work, you’ll treasure for years to come.

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P.S.  Be sure to scroll down to learn about this summer’s Linger & Learn events at taste. Three evenings provide a unique opportunity to meet artists and learn about how easy + enjoyable commissioned art can be.

 

Evelyn Rhodes

Evelyn created this sea and landscape for longstanding taste clients as we finished the redesign of their Living Room.  Perfectly sized and framed, Evelyn’s work proudly sits over the fireplace in the now highly used room by the whole family.

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Jessica Pisano

Friend and artist Jessica Pisano has created commissioned pieces for our clients the past ten years.  Our most recent project is from her ‘Bird Series’ and graces our clients’ Dining Room.  (I love to capture the moment an artist delivers a commissioned piece and Jess’s pride the day she shared this piece with me was evident in her confident smile.)

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Sue Freda

Artist Sue Freda recently created this tapestry on a custom branch hanger for clients in Charlestown, Rhode Island.  I love the way it shimmers with glass elements reminiscent of the sea as it casts interesting shadows on the wall.  It finishes the custom bed we designed for our clients perfectly.  (As new friends, Sue and I were delighted to hang it together just a few weeks ago.)

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Clancy Designs

We’re so fortunate to have glass artists Jennifer and David Clancy in our Jamestown community.  Of the projects we’ve done together, our most recent installation of their glass hummingbirds is my favorite.  In our client’s newly renovated home we imagined a swarm of birds in the transom window enroute to the top of the stairs.  Our client already imagines adding more birds to grow her Clancy flock.

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David and Jennifer also created this stunning chandelier for clients in Narragansett, Rhode Island.  Glass spheres are clustered around a form that suspends above their dining table, providing a soft glow and special atmosphere – day and night.

 

 

Christian Potter Drury

In that same client home that the Clancy’s birds fly, Christian Potter Drury created a custom barn door in our client’s master bedroom.  Christian’s 7′ x 4′ multimedia piece includes a representation of our client’s children and even her beloved dogs, for a thoughtful inclusion of the people and canines most important to her.

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Christian’s work also completes the interior design of the salon and cabins aboard a yacht we completed last year for clients we adore.  Their interactions with Christian and appreciation of her spirited style of painting makes her work aboard their floating getaway that much more special.

 

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Vanessa Piche

In addition to creating custom pieces of art for several of our clients during the holiday season, our dear friend Vanessa Piche’s work finishes the home of several taste clients.  Her warmth and joy for the New England’s coastline comes through in every piece she creates.

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This Summer: Three Opportunities to Meet Artists @ taste

As always, summer brings opportunities to meet artists at taste as we open our doors during three Linger & Learn events.  Join us, Kelly Milukas, Jeff Soderbergh, Lisa Barsumian and Christian Potter Drury during rare and intimate artist talks at taste.  Mark your calendars and join us!  We love to match artists with clients for relationships that celebrate creativity and bring art to the lives and homes in which we work.

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before & after: honest + artful bungalow

 

 

 

 

The design assignment to renovate a bungalow and retains its inherent character sounds straightforward and appealing.  The scale is comfortable, architectural details are honest and an open floor plan creates a pleasing flow from room-to-room and from inside-to-out.

Built in 1900, this Jamestown charmer had the potential to promise this simplified lifestyle.  Thankfully, our client could see beyond the years of reincarnations and unfortunate remodels and recognize the opportunity to create a place of rest and respite for her upcoming sabbatical from the academic world.

That opportunity came with abundant challenges for our client and the design/build team, however.

While a few original details remained, time had taken its toll on the bungalow’s bones.  Layers of linoleum and sheetrock revealed notched floor joists, balloon framing and out-of-square walls.

What started as an assignment to rejuvenate a classic house for modern life became a duty to resuscitate the structural integrity and craftsmanship associated with a bungalow.  All while imbuing it with art and elements of modernity for our brilliant client eager to come home to rest and recharge.

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P.S. Special thanks to Rhode Island Monthly magazine for featuring this project in their May Issue, available now! Pick up your copy today.  RI Monthly photos by Elaine Frederick Photography.

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big impact, small budget…

 

Happy Spring everyone!  If you’re like us and are embarking on a few spring projects at home to freshen up your inside spaces, you’ll find this article from The New York Times “Making a Big Impact on a Small Budget” helpful.

We did, and found it inspired us to share a few of our favorite ‘cheap and cheerful’ design tricks.  Be sure to read the article and scroll below for a tip from each of your favorite team taste designers.

 

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Megan Landis | Project Manager & Interior Designer

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Julia Reinalda | Project Manager & Interior Designer

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Wendi Dicely-Scalora | Senior Designer & Project Manager

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welcome Megan Landis

team taste’s talent expands, once again

We’re excited to welcome Megan Landis to taste as an Interior Designer/Project Manager. Megan comes to us with a rich background leading interior projects in educational and consumer product fields.  She went to school at Roger Williams University for Architecture and then Pratt Institute in New York for Interior Design.  Her most recent position as Designer & Project Manager at DBVW Architects in Providence had her busy on projects at RISD, Moses Brown and URI.  Prior to moving to Providence, she worked in NYC with Gensler as a design practice leader on client projects ranging from L’Oréal to Deutsche Bank.

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“Design is about balance and point of view; it tells a story. There is balance to be achieved in big and small, dark and light, color and neutrality, personality and reservation.  I enjoy working with clients to discover who they are and what they want their space to say about themselves, their family and their life.”

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Megan’s gift of creativity and consensus building was honed working at Gensler with challenging clients such as L’Oréal and Estee Lauder – both synonymous with high expectations for brand representation through impeccable design.  Those client assignments were further challenged by large committees when one client may actually be represented by twenty people.  Listening and combining the personal tastes of many into a cohesive, functional and interesting design solution made Megan instrumental in those client relationships.IMG_8149

At taste, we’re already finding Megan has a quiet strength in her ability to step back and consider the larger vision as well as the small details that work as building blocks to achieve a design.  She brings ideas, large and small, that speak to clients’ goals and provide assurance that we’re attending to their needs.  (During the past three weeks I’ve witnessed the relaxed, warm smiles that fill clients’ faces when Megan shares a thoughtful suggestion that fulfills a wish they may have only mentioned in passing.  Megan’s attention to those small details that bring joy is why she’s a perfect addition to taste.)

Megan and her husband are recent transplants to Rhode Island from Vermont by way of NYC for ten years.  At the end of their time in New York they made the fateful decision to move to ‘vacation’ and start a family.  Two years later they are still enjoying explorations in the ocean state, taking their dog Leo and son Lukas for hikes, hunting out antiques and big waves alike and taking the occasional quick trip to the Green mountains to visit family.

Welcome, Megan.

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helping out in houston

team taste lends a hand

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We’re all too aware of the devastation that Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma have caused the past several weeks.  After endless images and news stories, we’re all feeling heartache for the families impacted and the urge to do something meaningful to help if we can.

Like so many, we have friends, family and associates in the Houston area and throughout Florida.  In the days during Harvey, I reached out to collaborator and cabinetmaker Jonathon Dahl, whose home is in the Houston area. He shared with me images of the flood waters as it creeped closer and closer to his house – home to him, his wife and children.

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Luckily, the water began to recede, leaving the Dahl family home untouched. Jonathon’s workshop (and therefore, livelihood) sustained flood damage, but with positivity and hard work, he was up and running again in a few days.  Then his phone began to ring…

At least 10 of Jonathon’s customers lost everything in the flood. And the last several days have been filled with Jonathon and his crew helping to clean out houses he reports as heart wrenching work.

To lend a hand to the families Jonathon is helping to recover, taste will be donating 100 design hours in the coming weeks to design cabinetry, select flooring and fixtures and create color palettes for new interiors.  Our collaboration with Jonathon Dahl is something I hope will alleviate a fraction of the stress the families will face as they rebuild their homes and their lives.  And, provide a bit of joy.

Let us know if you’d like to help out with a donation of funds to help the families Jonathon is serving in the Houston area.  We can all lend a hand.

In gratitude,

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Team taste is ready to help. This photo was taken in a Rhode Island home finished with Jonathon this summer.

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