On custom WORK
So... you want a shirt that's got orange and purple
and green and three spirals with pink and yellow
Have you ever hired a wedding photographer? If
not, I'm confident you are aware that wedding
photography is really expensive, and justifiably so.
When mechanics, plumbers and CPAs are doing
your work, it's because you believe they will do a
good job at something where your skills might be
lacking, right? Do you call and tell them what tools
they'll need or how long it will take? Do you watch
over their shoulders and give advice? Certainly tie
dye is an art form, not a trade, but if you like my
expression, why would you ask me to do
This isn’t to say that custom work will not happen, but I stress work, and remind you that for many artists, the joy of creation fades with
the imposition of external constraint and expectation. Wouldn’t you have more fun making your own?
Don’t get me wrong. I will do custom work and truly appreciate the inquiries. I am flattered. I just want to be clear up front that, for me,
and others, tie dye is a joyous art and creative practice. I find that internally and externally imposed limits on the creative flow are likely
to result in expectations. I want you to be happy and stress over whether or not you will be satisfied. I find myself trying to force color
combinations that don’t feel natural and work outside my normal confort zone. Sometimes this leads to new discoveries, and
sometimes... well, I learn from those, too. Feel free to ask, but if I hesitate or decline, remember, it’s not you, it’s me, and that might
change a few weeks down the road.