ready to be hung in pride of place straight on your wall  

 

All my finished felts are wrapped around classic canvas stretchers as used by painters. Building up the layers of fibres making up the work, creating the colours and type of your pet's coat and adding all the little details is a lengthy labour of love taking weeks.

 

Pet Portraits

 

Pets come in all shapes and size;  dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters - the two things in common with my pet portraits are they're all commemorating a special friendship with a beloved pet and fur.  Your felted portrait will be created using merino wool tops.  

If you wish, I can incorporate hair groomed from your pet into the piece.

Prices begin at £700 plus postage and packaging for a small portrait with a plain background and £950 for a large.  I ask for a 50% deposit please with the balance payable before I post the completed work.  

As soon as you've completed your purchase I'll email you to send me  a selection of photos.  Once the reference photo(s) being used have been chosen most portraits take between 8 and 12 weeks. 

I generally work in two sizes:  Small (40x40cm or 25x35cm) or Large (60x60cm or 50x60cm). If you are looking for a different size please contact me.

When the felt portrait is ready to send I will email you a photo to make sure you're completely delighted.  Then, on receipt of the balance of payment, I'll carefully package it and let you know the moment its been posted.  

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*  If you prefer to pay by transfer please contact me soonest for bank details.

Take a look at my hints on how.  As I work from photographs it's really important you choose a great reference photo(s).  They should best portray your pet but also not be blurry (unless you're looking for an abstracted portrait), be well exposed and a high resolution. I welcome being sent a selection of photos as this helps me get to know them.

gifting a commission?

Possibly the most thoughtful gift ever for someone you care about; a portrait of their very special friend.

Commissions as gifts: whether with a specific date or a close deadline, please consider a gift certificate and let your recipient make the decisions.  They simply need to get in touch as soon as they're ready to start.  

Gift certificates come in two options Large - £950 or Small - £700.  They state the size of portrait and are numbered all other variables can be decided by the recipient.  There is no charge for the certificate and no expiry date.  However, as shown above, they do require full payment for the finished work on purchase.

Gift Certificate for wet felted Pet Portrait with plain background
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Other

 

Last year I was commissioned to create a landscape of the extremely picturesque Saint Werburgh’s Church, from Wembury peninsula for a wedding gift.  The clients opted for a diptych and wanted me to include The Mew Stone, a tiny uninhabited island just off shore.

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If you're interested in commissioning something different to a pet portrait please get in touch via my contact form or email me at heather@purrandwagit.com.  

The process is very similar to pet portraits except landscapes are priced individually.  

 

Community projects - working collaboratively

 

Between Purr & Wag It and my personal practice I'm really lucky to work with communities.  

Wet felt making is a great process for all ages and abilities.  The image below is the third part of a 1.5m high felted triptych made with pupils and staff of Haymerle School, Peckham, London.  It commemorates the centenary of the First World War. 

But this isn't all I do.  The image above is of a suspended sculpture I made with a huge cross section of the community of White City Estate for Park view Centre for Health & Wellbeing on Bloemfontein Road, London W12. 

Check out my educational/community art website to see more. www.heatherfionamartin.com

 
Field of Remembrance felted landscape made with pupils of Haymerle School Peckham.JPG