Hello, my creepies! Hope your week has been wonderfully fantastical… I can try to hope, can’t I? Oh, and just so you know, this isn’t really ok for the workplace…there’s no nudity, but there’s a bit of the profanity, because, well, I swear in the real world.
For those of you who don’t follow Rupaul, All T All Shade means I’m going to tell the truth, and I don’t really feel sad if someone’s feelings are hurt. It IS Kimland…
I really did mean to post up some cool stuff, I’m compiling a list of some of my favorite indie writers, and some blogs and amazon pages for you to check out. But this isn’t that post. All the tragedies this week have me a bit down on people. I know that not everyone is like this, it’s a small percentage. Why does it seem that a small number of terrible folks doing some really crappy things go to the forefront of our minds, when there are so many more doing good things… well, here we go…
A few weeks ago some friends who write crochet patterns and sell them found this site, where folks join, and submit a pattern to share, and then get “credits’ for that, toward a pattern they might want. I’m sure that the idea is to submit an originally designed by oneself pattern, but some folks weren’t playing by the rules. There were some folks who bought patterns FROM SOMEONE ELSE, and then submitted them as their own, now making it free for all the other people on that site. It even had my friend’s picture with her watermark, so folks knew who they were stealing from… AWESOME! Because of the number of folks who had used the stolen pattern, if you searched for her pattern it came up on many other sites, way before hers. There were many designers who were stolen from, some paid patterns, some free, but the bottom line is, people were stealing those patterns, representing themselves as the designers. It happens quite a bit, actually. I’ve seen people borrow from more than one pattern, and then write it up and call it their own, when what they should have done is write something like, ” I like Gertrude’s pattern for the body of the item, and Fifi’s pattern for the finishing, and Hortense’s bits for the details. Instead, it’s written like a pattern of this person’s own design… REALLY?!? IT’S YOURS? BECAUSE IT LOOKS LIKE IT CAME FROM 3 OTHER PEOPLE… Folks are as quick to say something is of their own design, as they are to comment “Pattern Please!” when someone puts up a picture of their work.
(I have a pet peeve about folks who comment “pattern please” when they see something they’d like to make. If I have made something you’d like to copy, maybe you should possibly compliment my work JUST A BIT MORE before begging/demanding the how-tos. Hell, even something so easy as, “I really love that, you did a great job. I would love to make one for my _____. Who is the designer; is it a free pattern? or where did you buy it?” You don’t have to write that every time, but “pattern , please” is rude, even with the obligatory “please,” which you just add so it doesn’t seem quite so rude. Luckily for me, I don’t design patterns, so I don’t have to deal with it too often. Every once in a while someone asks if there’s a pattern, and I usually tell them I’m not a designer, and it’s usually fine. There was a lady who tried to tell me what I do isn’t all that great and she could figure out my work… go ahead…)
Back to the thieves!!! It’s not like there’s a prize at the end of your life for the most patterns designed. It’s ok to say you didn’t design it! It’s ok to say ” I like your work so much and I want to have that exact thing of my very own.” It’s not ok to shorten the arms on something, or change the yarn, and maybe change a couple stitches and then call it your own! Hell, if that’s designing a pattern then every single hat and scarf I’ve ever made would be of my own design. I don’t make a hat from someone’s pattern. I pick a yarn, pick a stitch, make a gauge swatch, and then make the hat. None are like anyone else’s, but I don’t consider it that I designed a hat, I simply made something that was of a certain stitch pattern, and a certain yarn.
Folks like that make me suspicious of others… Lame right? It’s true though. Things like this happen, folks “design” things that are “inspired by” (read “stolen from”) others, and I start to become unsure of others asking about how I do things… I understand that some folks are really innocent about it, I really do, and I feel like I do try to share with folks quite a bit. I will tell folks stuff that I do for shaping, or how I do my hands, or how I make the dolls all top down, but I”m not going to hold someone’s hand and show them step by step, some of it is practicing embroidery, and that’s not something I can help you with. I’ve had folks come fairly close to asking me step by step how I make certain things… and while I wanted to tell them to kiss my ass, instead I went out of my way to find out what they do/make, praise it for what it is, and to really get them to realize they didn’t want to make what I make…it’s not THEIR vision. That doesn’t go on forever though. You can only ask me for specific instructions on my work so many times. Oh, and if you ask my friends for tips on how I do things, they don’t know, and wouldn’t tell you anyway, BUT, they DO tell me, and now you get nothing else, AND I won’t be nice about it. I don’t love underhandedness. Do I do anything that others can’t? No, I don’t. I don’t have amazing fancy tricks that no one has learnt, but asking for specifics on how someone makes something, if there is no pattern available, is some underhanded shit, even if you liberally add how you like it…*sigh*
Theft doesn’t end there! My friends who are clay artists tell me of people who buy something from them, then change the color of the clay and call it something different, and it’s “an original” with secret made up “new techniques.” Folks make dolls and bears that are really just copies of more amazing ones they’ve seen, and suddenly it’s an original design. Some make exactly what others do, but cheapen on the materials, and charge more. Some folks buy items JUST to figure them out. RUDE! A guy on Facebook literally stole an artist’s picture; it was a portrait of a guy in sunglasses, and the guy the actual picture is of got on Facebook and told the thief he didn’t have the right to post it as his… He didn’t even draw a copy of the picture, he just copy and pasted the picture and called it his. WHAT THE FUCK! That’s just blatant theft. And the problem with all of this is that the folks who were stolen from get told to “stop whining, it wouldn’t matter/happen if your patterns were free.”
I’ve even stopped following the pages who won’t credit the artist. There are facebook administrators who won’t bother to find the artist, saying “it takes too long to look,” and if you tell them, they don’t even edit the post to add the artist, you CAN do that, and it doesn’t take that long… if looking for a few minutes takes too long, and you can’t properly credit the creator once that info has come to light, I can’t possibly follow that happily. There are some pages who say they can’t find the creator, and ask for help. Cheers to them! They’re usually happy to find out who it is, and give credit. BONUS, the artist is happy too.
The bottom line is that STEALING SUCKS. You don’t have to be a designer, no one says that you have to be the original creator of the design. But give proper credit, tell folks the name of the artist whose work is so great you must make that thing, even if you change things a bit.
This bag isn’t my design, the original designer of this bag is BuddyRumi. I didn’t buy the pattern, and mine is obviously different than the original, the face on mine is knitted, and everything is different, though my bag is based on her design. I’m not going to write up a pattern so someone could make mine instead, that would really just be wrong. I may make a couple more, and they’ll all be a bit different, I prefer it that way, and eventually they may evolve into something else, but again, won’t write a pattern and call it “mine.”
I would love to believe that a blog of mine would change things, but sadly I’m sure, folks will still steal designs, or create “their own” design from a few patterns that already exist, that they’ll claim art that’s not their own, and ask folks if they can share the secrets of others. What I will tell you, them and everyone else, I’m not afraid to write about your pitiful practices, and I’m also not above outing thieves to EVERYONE! Just one of the many little perks you get when you steal from others so very overtly. I label you for the thieving bag of manure you are.
It doesn’t take much to say, “this isn’t my design, but I just love it,” or “I wish I came up with this, but the creator is_____.” And I appreciate those people much more.
Just so you know all isn’t bad in Kimland, here’s a sugar skull I made, the pattern is not mine, but I like it. The jaw moves up and down a bit, and it will probably get just a bit more sugar skull detail, but then done!
Keep it creepy folks!