Yeah, yeah, I know, I'm three months late. Things to do, stuff to accomplish.
As you may remember in one of my last posts, I bought some Superduo beads to make some beaded ornaments with. Well, I only managed to make one ornament which I gave to my mom for Christmas (she loved it by the way).
Hence, my gripe in this post (sorry in advance). I've been looking around, seeing Superduo and twin beads in action and there are some GORGEOUS pieces out there. I've also seen some very simple but still pretty trinkets that anyone can make. Now it is those pieces that I am blogging about. Simplicity.
Some of the sites I went to all had the same dilemma: someone creating something really simple and another person coming to the site and CLAIMING that the pattern was theirs. For example:
Now, for those of us who are familiar with beading and beadweaving recognize this as Peyote (or Gourd ) stitch, depending on who you ask. I had made a couple of Cellini ropes in the past so I used that technique to create the spiral. The difference? It was made with Superduo beads. The point? When I started experimenting with these beads, this is the first stitch I tried. Why? Because it was the first stitch I learned. A BASIC stitch. What is the point of beading companies coming out with new bead shapes and designs if we cannot learn how to use them by creating what we already know and what we have already learned using these new and innovative beads? That means opening your beading books and GOING BACK TO THE BASICS! Just because you were fast enough to be the first person to put up a picture of your completed "Basic Peyote Stitch Rope" does NOT make it your pattern. I've even seen people SELLING patterns for simple Peyote stitch rope with Superduo beads and telling their customers do not sell the pieces you make from it! Talk about "brass ones"! (Don't even get me started on selling patterns then dictating to your customer what they can or cannot do with the finished pieces, that's a whole 'nother argument that I will NOT be taking up here)
It seems that every year, a question of ethics comes up when it comes to beadweaving and jewelry design in general and quite frankly I'm tired of it. It is for this reason I stopped subscribing to beading magazines, so much inspiration but so easy to be accused of something you had no intention of doing (Besides, there's enough tutorials on techniques on the internet). Yes, I know that using Stitches (Peyote, Right Angle Weave etc.) and the Techniques involved in creating these and other STITCHES are NOT subject to copyright (no matter what anyone else says, techniques and stitches CANNOT be owned), but for some reason not everyone is getting the NEWS AT TEN. For awhile, this dilemma actually hindered my beading. Even now, when I am beading, even though I know for a fact that my creation is born from my imagination, I am still always mindful of the dreaded question: Am I copying someone else? Will someone accuse me of making something that looks (however slightly) like someone else?
I usually don't write things like this but the blog I went to really touched me and angered me because the work she did was really sweet and she is very talented, but the piece she did was a basic rope. How dare someone come and scream copyright infringement? I only pray that no one comes to me with this. I'm warning you now, I've got four words for you:
Ridiculous. Get over Yourself!!!!