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For those interested in commissions (either personal or commercial) or other aspects of my work, feel free to contact me via the adjacent form or via social media. Please leave an email address or contact number if you use the form so I can get back to you. I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Q: What are the wait times like for Personal Commission?
A: It depends on my schedule. I take on limited commission numbers every month. Sometimes I have open slots, sometimes I don't. When we arrange a commission, you will be informed which slot is available to you. However if you have a 'June Slot', then your book will be painted and shipped before the last day in June. Depending on shipping times and your location, it could be with you within days after that.
Q: Do you ship internationally?
A: Yes! Shipping prices can vary worldwide and will also vary depending on wight. A lighter book (150 pages) will be cheaper to ship than a heavier book (700 pages) for example. I am based in the UK and I often ship to America, Europe and beyond.
Q: Do you offer delivery tracking?
A: Yes, but please specify this is what you would like before we agree a commission price. For orders placed during an Order Call, they will not automatically be shipped with tracking. Please contact me separately to upgrade the delivery.
Q: Do you sell prints of your designs? (aka without the book)?
A: If the design isn't on my Etsy store, the answer is no. This is because a lot of my designs depict stories or characters that are under copyright and don't originally belong to me. There are occasional exceptions, for example if a book is in the public domain. Designs that don't breach copyright (as far as I know) will be available in my Etsy store as a print. If interest in a particular design as a print is expressed, then I will work on getting permission from the required legal parties. I want to respect all creators and their rights to their original work.
That being said, I'm not a lawyer. I have done extensive research into the law here in the UK, but it's by no means exhaustive. Sometimes I get things wrong. I am always open to being educated to ensure I'm being respectful of my fellow creators.
Q: How comes selling your designs on books isn't breach of copyright?
A: This was a difficult decision for me to make. Funnily enough there isn't much legal precedent for selling books that have been painted on. Or at least not readily available on the internet.
I'm not a lawyer. I have done a lot of research on the matter and ultimately have come to this conclusion. As I'm selling the books themselves, which I acquire through a wholesaler or retail partner (meaning the publisher and the author still get their cut on the sale) and not just the design, I can be considered a bookseller. Therefore I'm no different to any second hand bookseller or book restoration business.
Again, I'm not a lawyer. Sometimes I get things wrong. I am always open to being educated to ensure I'm being respectful of my fellow creators.
Q: How comes selling your stencils isn't breach of copyright?
A: If my design is on Etsy, it's not depicting a specific character, scene, object or other creative copyright item that belongs to someone else. The fact that a "Specific Title" has been painted to demonstrate the design is simply because it fits with that story, but the design could also fit on numerous other stories. For example, I have a "Roses and Tulips" stencil on my Etsy store. I used it on "A Court Of Thorns and Roses" to demonstrate the design, but this design could be used on any book. The design itself is not directly related to the book, it merely fits it. It would also fit with "The Secret Garden" for example or "Beauty and the Beast" or any other story heavily involving a garden or roses.
This is another reason why you're more likely to see sprayed edge design stencils on my store rather than front and back cover stencils which I often enjoy relating to the book directly.