Today I have an issue that is very near and dear to most of you. There is someone that I follow that has recently gone through this, and several who have gone through it in the past......
As I DO design my own patterns and do ALL my own beading, I watch for others to have similar designs. I do NOT obsess about this, but it is something I keep an eye out for. This is more than just a 'copyright' issue. With craft and art it is very hard to copyright most things. It is also very time consuming to copyright every item you produce. There is a 'gentle-mans' agreement about copying other artist work, but then, that goes right back to the 'MANNERS' of last weeks Tantrum for some people!
That being said I also have a folder called inspiration that is full of other peoples work. I look at it when I just can't think of anything to do. And they do INSPIRE me, not encourage me to COPY their work. To me, copying my work is NOT the HIGHEST for of flattery, it is a RIPOFF! I work very hard to be able to say that ALL of my designs are ONE OF A KIND. Although it is wonderful to create new designs all the time it sometimes makes it hard! With over 300 items in my studio at any given time I have MANY that are similar, but none that are not unique. Why is it that someone else can't do that as well?
There are those out there that do NOT have any creativity in them and are just copy machines that re-produce things they see. Isn't is amazing that no matter how hard you work someone wants to take things from you.
Have you ever had this happen to you? Do you have any advice for us?
For today I would like to feature this wonderful stay at home mom's studio - babycakesanddecorbyheather. Although this mother of two puts together all these great items it is easy to see where her inspiration comes from. Just look at this work!
Remember that today might be a copy of yesterday, but then again, something WONDERFUL might happen and you'll never know unless you 'experience' it! ~KM