A jewelry makers point of view

Ok. I’ve just been checking out the LE thread and this travesty is still continuing. (See June 10th post.)

As a person who hopes to someday make a half decent living from selling my work, I am still mad about what is being allowed to go on at etsy.

Stealing someone’s work and calling it your own is a lowdown way to cover up your own lack of creativity. It’s possibly taking food out of someone’s mouth or their children’s mouths. It might be the difference between somebody making their rent or mortage payment. It’s wrong.

It could happen to anybody who designs and creates anything-not just jewelry. How would you feel if you saw one of your sales on someone else’s site and they were claiming that they made it? A lot of lampworkers are currently in this position and I feel for them. If somebody did that to me, I would want their hide hanging on my wall and their head on a platter-for starters.

When you create something, you put a part of yourself into it. From the first tiny glimmer of an idea, to the struggle to get your hands to do what your head sees, to the final product-it’s your baby. You hope that somebody will appreciate your effort and maybe want to buy it to wear or to use as a componet in a piece that they will wear or sell. You certainly don’t make it to have it bought by someone who will sell it as their work. That would be like having someone walk up to you and tell you that you didn’t give birth to your child-she did.

I feel that this situation happening with etsy will have far reaching trust issues. I don’t trust them to deal fairly with me if I ever open a shop there-which is becoming highly unlikely the way they are handling this. How will any of the sellers that are aware of this situation going to trust them? If the buyers find out about this, and I think they should know about it, how will they be able to trust the esty and ebay sellers?

I’ve always been a wee bit radical. I was in high school when the killings at Kent State happened. Next day, I was also one of several students who led a strike in protest of what had happened. I took a stand because what had happened MEANT something to me.

I’m taking a stand now because THIS means something to me. I stand with fellow artisians who are being treated unfairly. Artisians who have closed their shops in protest. I stand with them because what is happening to them could happen to any of us who create. Won’t you join us?

 

 

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2 Responses to “A jewelry makers point of view”

  1. Brigitte Says:

    FIRST OF ALL, YOU GOT PAID FOR YOUR WORK…. IS THAT RIGHT… SECOND, THEN BE QUIET! If someone then goes and makes a necklace, they have the right to say they made it… you want someone to ADVERTISE FOR FREE FOR YOU? LOL…. YA OKAY… THERE ARE LAWS… YOU WANT ME TO STATE THAT I USED YOUR BEADS TO MAKE STUFF? THEN YOU BETTER PAY ME BIG TIME, NOT ME PAY YOU!

    You make me sick! Get a life. PLEASE! “Rest assured I buy from someone I know!” how sad, you sound like a bunch of jealous people to me! This is America. If she wants to buy something and resell it because she knows the market better, than the more power to her! I’ve seen people buy all kinds of items on Ebay and resell them because they were being sold to low, or listed wrong, or spelled wrong and in the wrong category. And half you lampwork people,,, please… you are SOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER PRICED AND FULL OF YOURSELF… The day you go to school and show that you have documented your talent in the ART WORLD… not as a SELF PROCLAIMED ARTISTS… AND YOU HAVE EARNED THE REPUTATION TO CHARGE WHAT YOU DO… THEN YOU MAY CROW… BUTTTTTTTTTTTTT YOU HAVEN’T! You are nothing like the artist from East Stroudsburg, PA. She even has her own store… You ARE ALL A BUNCH OF HOME WIVES THAT DON’T WANT TO WORK… AND HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO THAN COMPLAIN. There are suppliers and there are resellers and buyers in this world…. Get Over IT… or stop shopping at Walmart! Oh and stop stealing design ideas too!

  2. Brigitte Says:

    LOL, THEY DIDN’T TAKE FOOD OUT OF YOUR MOUTH… YOU GOT PAID FOR YOUR WORK… SO WHAT IS YOUR REAL PROBLEM? LOL PROBABLY THE SAME PROBLEM YOUR HUSBAND HAS WITH YOU AND THE REASON HE HAS AFFAIRS AT WORK ON YOU…. OH YES HE DOES! AND I CAN SEE WHY NOW!

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