Jan from Poppytalk wrote two very good articles about how the internet has changed the handmade world – in a bad way. And I have to say, after being the victim (this week) of a blogger bride who stole one of my wedding invitation designs, copied it for her wedding, and then blogged about it – I totally understand where Jan is coming from.My blogger bride was kind enough to brag to her readers on her wedding blog about how well she copied, so I got a pingback right here at ABCD Design. Granted, what she didn’t know is that these are a repurposed vintage French calligraphic pen marks that used to be used on packaging back in the 1800′s. It wasn’t like I painstakingly drew those swashes and swirls myself. I did however manipulate them to be appropriate for this project – and the bride was directly “inspired” my work. I have had my ideas copied before, last time (that I know of) was by another well-reputed stationery designer. I witnessed her selling my design at the National Stationery Show. Either way, it doesn’t feel good.
But what does one do with that? This is one of the reasons I all but stopped sharing my stationery designs on this blog. This leads to less work for me because less people are aware of the product. It’s a catch-22, really. It’s the kind of behavior that makes me want to stop sharing my ideas here all together. My point is that there is a difference between following a step-by-step tutorial on a blog, seeing an idea you’re inspired by and then making something of your own. And then there is flat out stealing. If you are going to click a link on my site today, I suggest you read these posts: What happened to the magic? and copycats Also, do you remember this post? DIY doesn’t mean Duplicate It Yourself. Check them out and be reminded.
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