Commissioned Textile Art

Commissioned Textile Art from Janet Herman

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Contact me at for detailed information on how you can commission a custom textile art piece by me. My personal email is If the website email is not working, contact me through the secondary email address. 

My custom art would be an interpretation of your photographs, not a reproduction, copy or exact color match. Click to read my artist’s statement.

Commissioned Parrot. Sold.

Below is some general information:

My free motion embroidery is very textured. It is not well suited to peoples face’s and some animals. If your request is “out of my wheelhouse,” I will tell you so. I may give you options to consider.  It is not my intent to hold you to a commission where I am unsure of the outcome. 

Sizes, Time and My Process

Finished art sizes can range from as small as 8×10 inches up to16x20 inches. I will need clear photos* sent from you along with a deposit to begin your artwork. If you have arranged for custom paintings from others previously you may be used to options to change the work before it is finished. That is because that work is done on a prepared surface that can be painted over. 

My textile paintings cannot be changed mid-way. They cannot be painted over, they can only be started over. Once the quilting (layered thread sculpting) begins, your custom art is on the way toward being created especially for you. The sewn in threads are permanently in position. 

When the art is complete and mounted, I will email a photo to you. If you haven’t already decided how you want the art framed, I will include options on framing the art, or not framing it at all. With your approval of the art and framing option, I will submit a bill for payment that may include sales tax (Florida shipment) and shipping cost. Payment is a simple as phoning me with your card number and address for shipping and your art will be on the way. 

Time to get all this done depends on factors like: my current work load, upcoming art exhibits and shows. Expect your work to take 4 to 8 weeks unless I say otherwise. 

Leopard commission


My current standard frame is a solid basswood, farmhouse style that I can stain to suit the artwork or your preference. I include double mats, Museum Glass and hanging hardware. I will work with a local framer to get special frames at your request. 

My framing technique for textiles is to protect the art with acid free materials and premium glass with UV protection and yet provide ultimate clarity so you can see the detailed thread work without glare. However, If you prefer purchasing the art without a frame, I highly recommend you take it to a professional framer or arrange for me to ship your art direct to them for framing. 


What will it cost?

Your custom work may have a 0% to 20% surcharge on the art (not the framing). The amount of surcharge depends upon the size, complexity and whether the art is within my body of work. This is usually paid to me as a nonrefundable deposit. When your custom art is done, a photo of it is sent for your approval and you will be billed for the balance plus tax and shipping (if applicable). Of course, if for some reason you decide not to take the art, you may lose your deposit or receive a credit for reproductions toward repaying the deposit. 

If you prefer, I can send a written agreement. 

For more information on buying art, click here.

*About Copyrights

Commissioned landscape. Sold.

The photos you send for me to use for artwork must be photographs you took with your camera or phone. If a photo was taken by someone else,  please get written permission or include their contact information.  As is common, I retain copyright to the art, but not the photo. The person that took the photo retains copyright to that photo and can be credited on the artwork. 

Photos knowingly taken off the internet, copied from a book, magazine or any other source are not acceptable.

When you ask me to create art to a photo you have provided to me, you are giving me the right to create artwork similar to its likeness. And, whether or not you purchase the finished piece, I retain the copyright to the art.  I also reserve the right to make and sell reproductions of the art I create unless you expressly ask me not to. 

If you do not purchase the art, you must agree that I have the right to offer the artwork and any reproductions from it for sale. All this verbage is necessary, yet I have never had an issue creating custom work for clients. 

I would love the opportunity and challenge of making a special art piece for you!

Comments welcome.

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