Archive for April, 2009

A handful of good things. Mostly.

Hello Friends!

Feeling a bit strange these days.

Lots going on and not going on:

Getting ready for the Beehive Bazaar on Thursday.

Sold our home last weekend.

House hunting in our spare moments.

Signed on a house today (cross our fingers it goes through!)

Hired a new hand to do my printing while I get ready for baby.

Computer crashed last week.

Getting to know my new Mac.

But Mac doesn’t like my printers.

Internet still down and funky.

(if I owe you an email, so sorry for the wait!)

31 weeks pregnany and feeling the burn!

Working on special creative projects which are keeping me sane.

Enjoying spring. Spring makes it all OK!

So, if you have been wondering where I have been,

now you know where I am hiding!

Life is full. Full but good.

I’ll be in and out this week.

Thanks for checking in!

29/04.
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Happy Friday.

Our PC computer has been slowing dying since April 1st. We have hoped it would live long and prosperously, but alas, it gave out this morning completely.

A moment of silence please.

But this new addition has been on the “we need to save for this” list and well, she came a bit early due to the circumstances. But oh, is she beautiful.

I am a really happy girl. Especially because we got it for a dreamy price. Too good to be true. I love Mac stores.

And thank you all for your honest comments and feedback with the last post. It is a challenge to get across what you want to when there are so many sensitive factors and issues. Articulating those issues is a challenge for sure! But I hear a lot of grumpy complaining about the topic of copying, and I wanted to post about how there are enough walls in the world for everyones art. Thanks for the chat:)

24/04.
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Staying fresh and ahead of the game

I have been wanting to start a discussion here for some time, but have been deliberating how to post about it as it seems to be a subject that isn’t talked about much: Protecting your artwork from being copied or closely replicated. Unfortunately, this is happening a lot in the online art world. How close it too close?

So, Question of the day: How do you protect your art?

First, let’s chat about what you can do to protect your art from being out-right stolen. This should be your first concern.

PROTECTING YOUR IMAGES:

1) Watermark your images.

So many people treat the internet as an image gallery for free use. With a WATERMARK over your potentially downloadable image, you are telling people that the image is yours should not be used for personal or commercial use. You will also prevent people from stealing the image and selling it elsewhere.

2) Post your images as small as you can without losing resolution. As long as your art is not vector art, you should never be saving your images to the web in a size that could be reproduced or used by another person/party.

3) Register your image(s) with the U.S. Copyright office (if you are in the U.S of course). Here is the link to get started.It is easier then ever, and less expensive than it used to be. http://www.copyright.gov/eco/index.html

4)Educate yourself on intellectual property: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intellectual_property

5) Disable Downloads: if you can, disable your images from being downloaded on the internet. On ETSY, there isn’t control over that, thus the vital importance for your image to be watermarked and protected with a copyright notification.

These steps should be taken First. But what about the fuzzy lines that surround borrowing, adapting and copying? Let’s chat.

PROTECTING YOUR ART, IDEAS, COMPOSITIONS AND STYLE:

1) Doesn’t copyright protect my idea and composition? No. Art and craft is so subjective, and ideas really can’t be copyrighted. Here is what the US copyright office has to say:

“Copyright does not protect ideas, concepts, systems, or methods of doing something. You may express your ideas in writing or drawings and claim copyright in your description, but be aware that copyright will not protect the idea itself as revealed in your written or artistic work.” http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-protect.html

2) What can I do when I see someone else coming up with creations obviously similar to mine?

I would love to here your reaction to this, but here is mine. Contact the artist if necessary telling them you are noticing some copying going on. If they still persist, contact them again if you feel you need to. But for me, this is where I stop. You are an ARTIST! You are not a huge million dollar company protecting your branded and patented products. You are just one person with a ba-jillion creative ideas constantly going through your brain. To waste your creative energy by going after a copycat is a waste of that creative energy.

Why?

You are the original creative idea, and have power to always rise above the competition. Competition is good and will most always be there. You can spend your time getting angry, or you can spend your time staying ahead of the game by keeping your art fresh, lively and cutting edge. Most likely if someone is copying you, it isn’t going to be as good as yours nor will it have the LIFE of the BREATH of your creative-from-your-own-gut creation. So leave them alone, and focus on how you can make your creations new and fresh and always ahead of the market.

This leads me to another point:

Keep your own sources fresh and honest. Never let yourself copy another artist’s style unless of course you are using that as a way to learn new techniques and educate yourself. Copying is a good thing for learning how to verse your hand in various art forms and styles. But your work should then take what you learn to a new level, always allowing your own voice to come through. When you choose to copy art as your primary resource, it will be FLAT and will lack the LIFE that really great images require. Don’t let yourself fall into that trap! The moment you are trying to make your creations look like someone else’s, your art will most likely be easy to copy itself. Remember, there was only ONE Rembrandt. He had MANY students, and to this day, experts can’t tell which was a true Rembrandt and which is a student’s hand on a select few paintings. But regardless, there was only one Rembrandt. Do people remember the copycat? No. They never will. Be fresh and mark your own path. Don’t let yourself be a follower.

I love this quote below. It hangs in my studio always reminding me to stick to my own instincts and not be tempted to ride on the coat tails of others:

“You must give birth to your images. They are the future waiting to be born.” - Rainer Maria Rilke

So, there you have it!

My experience is very limited however, and I would love to hear your take on this topic.

What have you done in these situations? What have you done to protect your artwork?

Do tell.

In the mean time, happy art making!

For more GREAT articles on this subject, read here, here , here and here

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Beehive Bazaar.

Hello! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Thanks for all your sweet compliments on my belly. Sometimes it amazes me that my baby is 30 weeks big. She is quite the character, and I am already getting a sense of her personality. It amazes me.

I wanted to give you a heads up for all you UTAH people out there. I am going to be a vendor at the Beehive Bazaar in 2 weeks and I can’t be more excited. I am more excited to do my own shopping and window shopping. It is BY FAR one of the BEST events in Utah all year. It is out of control awesome. Art, Aprons, books, stationery, clothing, accessories, food…all handmade indie designs from The Beehive State. Very hip and very yummy. Mark your calendars. Website here.

Wising you all a great monday. Spring is finally here for us, and we are spending most of our days outside. Life is good.

**And again…my internet was down most of last week, so if you are waiting to hear from me via email, I’ll be getting to you soon!**

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Weekend Giveaway.

Sneaking in on a Saturday to say that there is currently a giveaway over at SOULE MAMA’S blog. I am giving away ONE personalized Family Tree as well as 2 packs of the stationery of your choice. And if you look in the fine print, you might even see a reader’s discount:) If you are new to soule mama, you need to stop by. She is an inspiration. The giveaway closes on Sunday Morning. Good Luck!

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Happy Site Friday: Rie Elise Larsen

I discovered Rie Elise Larsen a few weeks ago via Just Beautiful Things. I am in crazy love with her colors and design…and no wonder: she lives in Denmark and it seems like ALL My favorite children’s decor and designers are from Northern Europe. Her work tickles my senses. For more AMAZING photos go, visit here for a while. Happy Friday!

***PS: my internet hasn’t been working most of the week. If you are waiting back to hear from me via EMAIL, I hope to get to you by the weekend! I am not ignoring you!***

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BIG is beautiful.

Justin Hackworth did a photo shoot with Addie and I yesterday for his 30 Strangers project. He is a brilliant photographer with a very documentary look and I am so honored I could be part of his project! You can see and read more here:

This is (believe it or not) the first time I have let myself get infront of a camera for most of my pregnancy. BIG is beautiful I keep telling myself! Something about this time around has made me feel more awkward and more full than ever before, but 30 weeks is close enough to 40 that I am willing to keep on going!

Visit his blog post today toread more of his post. Justin is SO talented, and if you are ever in the Provo Utah area….give him a ring. Thanks Justin!

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Little Feet.

Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to have little feet again. What would the world look like if my head was as high as my hips are now. I guess that is why I can’t stop drawing for children…I am constantly curious what they think about when they walk around with those little feet in that magical world of their’s. Sometime’s I remember what it is like, and other times…I have just as much fun imagining. But that’s it: Little feet imagine.

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