Wednesday, October 27, 2010
While I was polite and honestly stated there was nothing sinister and no copying done, honestly, I am having a little trouble grasping where she is coming from. She specifically mentioned the "vintage sepia-toned image transfers (bees, butterflies, birds, etc)." I'm not sure what she is saying I shouldn't use: bees, butterflies, birds, or ceramic pieces, or buttons? Which of these does she own? I didn't design or make the ceramic piece, I just bought it (and some others). I'm pretty sure the vintage image used isn't copywrited, and, well, I love vintage buttons and have had them in my shop for a while...does she own the rights to those, too?
I think if anyone searched long enough there would not be one design that someone, somewhere hasn't inadvertently duplicated. I'm not so proud to think that I can come up with an idea that no one has or ever will think of.
I'm honestly troubled by it, but also confused. Just weird. I use so many different types of materials in my work and it's so eclectic I bet there isn't any metalsmith out there that couldn't look at my work and say that it resembles theirs in some way.
Ah well, we'll see what happens. If nothing else, I'll have an amazing necklace to wear.
I just find it all very interesting.
(just to be clear, she wasn't rude, just stating that I copied.. hmmmm)