Custom Work

Looking for something in Particular? Mise artists have your back whether you've got a wedding gown or a D and D character portrait in mind. Check out the list of their skills below, and email contactthemise@gmail.com with inquiries. Make sure you read our custom work tips and guidelines so you can start off on the right foot. 

Meredith B. Wagner

Available for special occasion fashion, bespoke men's and women's dress shirts, custom mural painting (indoor and outdoor) and rehabbing family heirlooms into usable or new items. 

Examples of work: Garage door murals; Set of men's bespoke dress shirts; Christening gowns out of wedding dresses, quilts from baby cloths, remaking grandmother's wedding dress for granddaughter. 

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Frame Your Ideas

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One

No matter where you're at in your brainstorming, the custom work process will go infinitely smoother if you have a few well thought out ideas about what you're looking for. The Mise artists are amazing, but they still can't read your mind. Here are a few places to start:

1. Come with photos. Why talk about it when you could look at it? Make a folder, a Pinterest board, or a saved collection of photos that contain elements of what you'd like your final product to resemble. If you are starting out with a personal object, like your mom's bridal gown, take and share photos of that as well.  

2. Make an Ideas List. Knowing what you DON'T want can be just as helpful as knowing what you DO want. Make a list or jot down a few notes about what's appealing to you, and what isn't appealing to you in the slightest. 

3. Set a Budget. Knowing how much you're wiling to spend from the get go will give the artist parameters to work within, and set some creative boundaries for the both of you. 

4. Come with an Open Mind. The artist is going to brainstorm with you, and more often than not, you'll come up with an idea thats even better than what you initially had in mind. Be prepared to spitball, 

Understand The Invoice

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Two

 One of the trickier aspects of custom work is figuring out payment, on both sides of the equation. Artists are often unsure how to charge, and customers are unsure about how much to pay. Here is a basic breakdown of most custom work processes

1. Pay for the Design

In this step, you are paying for the artist's creative thought and practical thinking abilities. They are taking the raw material you've given them (both literal and figurative) and sketching, measuring, and imagining it into potential finished products. Design work is often paid as a flat fee, with the amount depending on the complexity of the design. We have found that the best practice for payment is on the delivery of the design, prior to the completion of the whole project. 

2. Pay for the Materials

Both you and the artist need to determine the quality of raw materials for the design. They will have industry expertise about what will work best and where to source, and you will have your budget to help you decide. Does it have to be solid oak, or will pine suffice? Do you want heavy weight silk, or does a poly blend have the same effect? Material costs will be based off of reciepts that are included in the final invoice an artist delivers along with the final product. 

3. Pay for the Craftsmanship

The last step is the fusion of part one and two. It usually takes the longest, and comprises the largest portion of the final bill. Skilled artisan labor is generally charged at $25 - 35/hour, depending on the artist, their education, experience and particular skillset. 

Make it Best Practice with a Contract

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Three

You don't need a lawyer, folks. Contracts sound intense and official, especially when many people enter into the custom work process with a casual mindset, and with people they know. Think of a contract as a roadmap that you both can follow. It will help guide you through the process, and provide pre-determined turn offs if either party chooses not to continue with the work. Contracts hold everyone accountable to simple, honest terms. We'd recommend these five things to include in your contract:

1. Names, titles (who is artist, who is client), addresses and contact info for both parties

2. A calendar of delivery dates. At minimum, this should include the date of expected design completion, and expected product completion.  We'd recommend adding in an "if necessary" design revision date, a date to review raw materials, and a "check - in" date sometime near the last 1/3 of the artist's creation process. 

3. Opt-out points for both the artist and the client. Usually this exists after the design delivery and quote on final price - if either the client or the artist find they they are no longer interested in the work, there needs to be a option to politely decline. 

4. A payment plan. We would recommend having two different payments - the design fee, paid upon delivery, and the material and labor cost, paid upon delivery of final product. Even if a design is rejected, the artist still needs to be paid for their design work, and the flipside is a client isn't stuck paying for an entire product they don't love. This is probably the most important part of the contract, for both artist and client. 

5. A Signature. Put both of your John Hancock's on the dotted line, add the date, and raise a glass to yourselves in anticipation of an exciting and rewarding custom work process. 

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