I have been wanting to write this post for some time.... it's a tricky one, and I thought I would chuck my thoughts out into the ether and see what happens.....
I have been blogging for about 3 years now, it has opened my eyes to a new crafting community that I had no Idea existed.
Some of my heroines of blogging had been doing it for years before I even knew what a blog was. In my own world I stitched and sewed, painted and revamped old things, all my life I have been saving things. then one day, I don't even know how it happened, or why, or who...I clicked on a blog and there was a kindred spirit, another person who was talking about things that interested me, you are invited into their world, and before you know it, you are clicking a link here, you are clicking a little link there, and you are not such a square peg in a round hole any longer, there are lots of crafty people all around the world, you just didn't know about them.
Daily I am inspired by things I see on the net, on blogs, face book, pinterest everywhere there are things to be inspired by...and this is the area that I am feeling decidedly wobbly about
Where does the inspiration end and the copying begin?
I am inspired by so many creative souls, what is the line and how is it crossed, I wonder....?
I recently heard of someone that has been blatantly copied, she is an amazing artist and an inspiration to many.
I have been copied myself & although I am a very small fish in a very large bowl, compared to some, it hurts like hell when someone copies a design you have worked so hard to bring to life. I have tried to rationalize how I was feeling, and it is said that if someone copies your work it is a huge complement, but to be honest it still hurts.
It is said that no idea is original. And with so many inspiring things at our finger tips what can we do? Is it ok to be inspired and create as long as you don't profit, or sell, or is it wrong to be inspired or copy another full stop.......
Can you be inspired by an artist and try their techniques if you attend a course that they have run? is it then ok?
If you name the person who inspired you, is that ok?
I am greatly inspired by Julie arkell at the moment, and have been playing with paper mache, is this ok? I am now worried? I made a rabbit she inspired me,,, if she saw it would she be hurt and angry?
I am trying to see this one from all angles.....
It is on my mind alot.... are we abusing the system, if we all switched off ...what would be created? would all be amazing and original, or will we always be inspired by the great?
If you look back at the history of art which i must add i am no expert on!! were there not the certain times and influences, for example the renaissance period a very definite style.....
What can be done do you think?
Where is the line...?
Is anything original any more? or have us humans run out of ideas?
Gosh I leave you with my can of worms, my dears....I am in no way judgmental, but sit here quietly on the fence for a while...... to see what you think xx
all photos are totally random
all made by me xx
all made by me xx