I work in a large variety of media ranging from portraits on dress patterns, maps, newspapers, book pages and just about any kind of paper.  Portraits can are created with, biros or marker pens.  Currently I am still experimenting in pastels and pencils. 

I also create a wide range of Up-Cycled art piece these include, book sculptures, cross stitch into solid objects, assemblage, decoupage, embroidered portraits.  Please see my portfolio for the kinds of work I create.  If you have an idea that you would like to see bought to life as a bespoke piece, please contact me via the contact box at the bottom of the page.


Portraits are normally produced upon unusual media forms ie:   dress patterns, book pages, news papers, maps , wood , vintage paper, etc.  On which they are mounted on canvas or framed as is depending up the work produced.  All that is needed is a high resolution clear image with the person preferable in a posed position.  More details are discussed via consultations.

See Other Portraits 

Book Sculptures:

Most books can be turned into a book sculpture.  There is a preference to using old worn, mass produced books and books that are more illustrations than photography.  You can choose any subject you like.  Book Sculptures are completely random and other than the subject matter, how it looks when it is finished will be unknown until completed.  Certain conditions can be met  but must be discussed and placed in the contract when placing a commission.

See Other Book Sculptures 


Consultations are normally conducted via email through this site. Consultations are normally conducted by txt, email, messenger etc, this is because Shal Mines has muscle tension dysphonia ( this is a condition that affects speech).  Telephone conversations can be conducted but please contact via one of the mentioned methods first to arrange this.  You can also contact us via contact box at the bottom of the page or via Facebook or Instagram


With all consultations a contract will be draw up by us and then sent to the prospective client for their agreement. Once contract is agreed upon by both parties the contract will need to be signed by both parties.

50% of costs will be expected up front and non returnable, time scale will be agreed upon ,then the other 50% is payable on completion but before delivery. Once payment has been received, art will will be delivered.  This will all be stated in the contract when contract is drawn up.

Testimonials :

I originally saw Shal’s work on Instagram on @mrxstitch’s account. I went to her account and her work absolutely blew me away, she’s talented in so many mediums! I decided I better invest in one of her pieces right away. Shal is so professional and easy to work with and my Edith Head piece is beautiful. It’s in my workshop above my sewing machine so I can look at it everyday.

Lori Herbst.


If you looking for inspiration please visit my Portfolio.



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