As a creative I know the time and consideration that it takes to make something from scratch. The dedication that you invest in creating and the ups and downs you face while doing so. It’s a lot of time and effort that’s behind closed doors that not many people see and this is why most creatives are attached and protective of their works. As they know the journey they’ve had to face, it’s not always an easy or glamours job.
Sadly, it never really shocks me any more as it happens SO to often these days.
A big company sees a remarkable design and copies it and usually poorly at that.
*Although I’m not certain if this is true in this circumstance but lets us it as a debate. Added 18/12/2012
Although, I’m not to shocked it always leaves me with more deeply rooted feelings of disappointed and anger.
Meg Perkins is a dear and talent friend of mine and I’m really disappointed that her necklace resembles quite a likeness to Lovisa’s necklace.
work has been copied, BADLY. I know how long it takes her to make one of her hexagon pieces as I was helping her sand (by hand) the copper she uses as the base for the enamel only last week while watching movies. And that’s only one of the many processes she goes through to complete each piece. Her price point reflects the value of the time and effort that goes into each piece.
The most disappointing thing of the Lovisa cheaper badly made version, other than that, is the price point. It completely devalues any effort that Meg has put into developing her range. How does she compete with this? How does any artist/creative compete with this completely unethical way of doing business.