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Mural by Design - Site Specific Project Locations:
Each mural can be enjoyed in person around Michigan, such as Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Caledonia, Lowell, Ludington, Kalamazoo, Holland, Spring Lake, West Olive, Muskegon, Jackson, Lansing, Farmington Hills, Westland, Ann Arbor, Detroit and outside Michigan; Columbus, OH; Indianapolis, IN; and Athens, Greece.
I am Sotir Davidhi, the owner of Mural by Design, LLC, located in Grand Rapids, MI. While in middle school, I wanted to follow my dream of becoming an artist. It was required that, I had to make the short list of two art competitions, required to get accepted at artistic high school in my country, Albania.
Four years later I received an Art Diploma with Specialty in Scenography (Greek word for theatric set design). After graduation, I resided to a neighboring country, Greece. Over a decade later, I resided to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where I pursued my education and received an Associate of Arts from Grand Rapids Community College. At the same city, later received a Bachelors of Art from Aquinas College.
Mural by Design - Theme Inspirations come from the community, customers needs, space available, and space surroundings. My clients are always encouraged to express their ideas, and together we create site-specific murals, 2D, or 3D beautiful images for their commercial, and/or residential spaces.
Mural by Design - Trustworthiness is unquestionable because I have worked very hard to reach this point, by creating happy places for those who trusted me, and certainly cannot afford to lose my reputation
Mural by Design - Collaboration Interest:
I’m really interested in hearing about your project, and I encourage you and your team to express your ideas; together we can create the best design for your needs, for the space available, and within your budget limits. You can be assured it will be done beautifully.
The best reason to collaborate with me is because I absolutely enjoy the whole process from start to finish of a mural and I have all the needed expertise to make it happen professionally.
Mural by Design - Photoshop A couple designs are submitted for feedback, and adjustments are made a few times until it’s appealing and ready to start. The design serves as a starting point for what comes next, a really unique and beautiful mural, designed for a specific space, and purpose.
Resources are pictures of the available wall, its surroundings, and many other images for reference.
Artistic Style is a combination of impressionism and three dimensional (3D) trompe l’oeil style, so the viewer can see lots of texture created by a diverse sizes of brushstrokes, layers upon layers of color when viewed closed by, and an almost photographic 3D illusion when viewed from further away.
Surface Options are either permanently on the wall made of brick, drywall, corrugated metal, fiber glass, cement block, fence, or on a removable material, canvas, wood panels, or metal.
Mural Executions are done all freehand with different sized brushes and four inch nap rollers, while taking safety measures when using a Boom Lifter, a Scissors Lifter, or a Ladder. The site-specific designs serve as a starting point, or as a sketch, for a developing mural project. If the customers are happy with the design, they certainly will be thrilled with the final result.
Special Technique makes inward, or outward corners disappear, and the horizon does not bend while it continues on adjacent walls. It's not easy to explain in words, and easier to understand when you see it in person, but basically, a real three dimensional space is treated as it’s flat, and then create a 3D illusion over it.
Paint Medium preference is Resilience from Sherwin Williams. It's a high quality exterior finish with MoistureGuard™ Technology for excellent early moisture resistance and improved resistance to early dirt pick up. It is recommended for use on aluminum and vinyl siding, wood siding, clapboard, shakes, shingles, plywood, masonry, and metal down to a surface and air temperature of 35°F, with life limited warranty.
Surface Preparation is crucial for mural's longevity. Exterior walls must be power washed first, scraping, patching, priming, and two top coats follow after.
Clear Coat Protection is optional, but it’s not advised because it may create a milky look overtime, and it needs additional coats as time goes by. The manufacturer ensures that the paint is made to withstand harsh weather conditions.
Mural Warranty is given for the first four years, and it covers all repairs caused by a failing paint, and that has not ever happened. The warranty does not cover damages caused by humans physical actions, or by leaking pipes, or a leaking roof.
Mural Cost is based on the size of the surface and the details of the mural. The mural can be charged by square foot, or the project as a whole. Details would be discussed when in contact, and once both parties have agreed, there are no surprises to follow.
Timeline depends on the size, detail, weather conditions and temperature. Usually it takes between a few days to over a month.
Customer Satisfaction is proven by the work itself, also the long term relationship with the Mural by Design clients who also took their time to write some great reviews on https://muralbydesign.houzz.com
Open to Travel for painting murals anywhere in the United States and Europe.
Mural by Design - Asking You
Would you like to transform a random space with beautiful Site - Specific - Murals, inspired by your needs to transform your commercial and/or residential spaces and meet your vision.
Then, please do not hesitate to contact Mural by Design, and Let's Do This Together.
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