Commissioning a mosaic – the six steps
Step 1. Contact. The process of commissioning a mosaic starts with a free consultation by email or phone (or in person if you are local) to discuss possible designs. At this stage we will also discuss the size, materials, the method of making, as well as transporting and installing the mosaic. I will then be able to give you a costing and an estimated time of completion.
Step 2. Draft. If you decide to proceed, I charge a design fee for up to three draft designs based on your requirements. This fee is part of the overall cost if the commission goes ahead, otherwise it is non-refundable. At this stage we also discuss materials, and I am happy to send you tile samples. If required I can also create a mosaic ‘maquette’ at an extra cost to give you an idea of how the finished mosaic will look and feel.
Step 3. Design. Once you have selected the design, I will work up it up in detail so that we have a full scale, coloured cartoon for your approval before I begin fabrication.
Step 4. Fabrication. I will then start work on the mosaic, sending you updates and photographs as I go. If I am using the paper backed method, minor adjustments can be made during the fabrication process, but I recommend that this is kept to a minimum. Significant changes would be at an extra cost.
Step 5. Shipping. I will notify you once the mosaic is ready for shipping. Depending on the size, I will personally package and ship the mosaic by registered mail. For larger mosaics or mosaics which are going overseas I use a specialised art shipping company and will provide you with a quote before the mosaic is sent.
Step 6. Installation. I do not carry out installation myself but am happy to provide you with details of how to install and care for your mosaic. For floors, this might mean liaising with your building contractor and giving details of a suitable base for the mosaic.
Prices are available on request.