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Did You Want A Facebook Email? Change it Back!

FacebookFacebook just removed everyone's email address from their profile and replaced it with an @facebook.com email address without asking you.

If you are trying to create visibility and an identity for your web site by using your web site email address, this sneaky move by Facebook defeats your purpose. 

Fixing this is easy...but only if you know how. I must have starred at the pop up window for 10 minutes before I gave up....and looked for instructions online.

Facebookprofile6.12Here are quick step-by-step instructions to change your @facebook email BACK to your preferred email address.


Facebook11. Go to your Facebook Profile.


2. Click on the "Update Info" button .

 

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3. SCROLL DOWN the page to the "Contact Info".

 

 

 

 

 

 

FACEBOOK34. Click on the Edit.

 

5. Click on the circle next to your Facebook email address and change its setting to "Hidden from Timeline".


FACEBOOOK-46. Click on the circle next to your other email addresses and change their settings to "Shown On Timeline".


FACEBOOK67. Scroll Down to the "Save Changes" button at the bottom of the Edit popup. Don't forget this step, or your changes will not be made!

Find me on Facebook! Be my friend on Facebook.


PLAN PACKING for SHIPPING Art & Craft

When shipping your one-of-a-kind work, the packing must protect your art or craft!

There are five essential criteria:

  1. Packing needs to protect your work against normal hazards. If the packing is found to be inadequate, insurance may not pay for a claim...even if you paid for insurance. A minimum standard is double boxing.

  2. All packing materials should be reusable for return shipping. Never use clear plastic tape to secure bubble wrap. Removing the tape ruins the bubble wrap and makes it unsuitable for return shipping.  Cutting through the tape risks damage to your work.

  3.  Movement in the box raises risk. Movement risks abrasion and breaking. Art or craft needs to be firmly held in place with no sound or movement.
     
  4. Packing materials & instructions should provide a fool proof "recipe" for repacking. Assume that the staff repacking your work is merely overwhelmed and exhausted, at best... or inexperienced, at worst.

  5. Packing sends a message about your work. The packing for your art or craft indicates how you want your work handled. A custom-made professional quality shipping box clearly signals quality and an expectation for care and attention.  In contrast, work wrapped in crumpled newspaper, paper scrap, diapers, rags, etc. looks too much like trash (which may be thrown away) or looks like rough handling is acceptable.

HERE IS A STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL on
PACKING one-of-a-kind artwork for SHIPPING
:

View additional presentations from Harriete Estel Berman

 ShippingOneofAKind_p1There is a matching four page PDF handout with pictures from the Professional Guidelines. (This handout is 26MB so give it time to download. Print it in advance so you are ready to make your own shipping box.)

 

ShippingOneofAKind_p2Shipping connects your studio to the world.
Stay tuned for more shipping information from the SNAG Professional Development Seminar and ASK
Harriete.

ShippingOneofAKind_p3Are you shipping jewelry, precious materials, loose stones or larger sculpture?  PowerPoint presentations from the SNAG Conference and handouts are coming soon.

Harriete

ShippingOneofAKind_p4.aiRelated topics about shipping:

Shipping Planning vs. Sh*t Happening

Shipping Boxes for Art or Craft Should Include Instructions


PACKING YOUR WORK FOR EXHIBITIONS
(tip sheet)

Conditions Report from the Professional Guidelines

Claims for Damaged Work  from the Professional Guidelines

DAMN! Damaged boxes! Claims for Damaged Work.

Preservation, Conservation - Design for Repair


Shipping Planning vs. Sh*t Happening

Shipping starts when you're making your work! Sound confusing? Perhaps, but this is the voice of experience. 

This is the first in a series of posts about shipping. This will include some PowerPoints with audio from the SNAG Professional Development Seminar, handouts, essential tips and tricks for shipping and documents in the Professional Guidelines including the Condition Report & Claims for Damaged Work.

BoxesTAPEcovers imagesIf you want your art or craft to travel across the state or across the country or around the world, start planning for safe shipping during construction. This is especially important if there are large or heavy elements combined with delicate components.

 

Kim Cridlers culptureIt isn't just my opinion. During Kim Cridler's lecture about SHIPPING LARGE SCULPTURE at the Professional Development Seminar at the SNAG Conference, she showed images of the dis-assembly of her sculpture prior to shipping. (Her PowerPoint will be available soon.)

 

 

Kim Cridler SMALL parts in bags for shippingThe small floral elements come off the sculpture and ship separately in small bags. When the sculpture arrives at an exhibition destination, the small elements are reattached. Planning during construction prevents the larger heavy sculpture from damaging the fragile elements.

Below is an example from my work. You will see how the work was designed to disassemble and how the custom made shipping box is designed to insure safe shipping.

WomanizerFULL72This appliance from 1982 is titled Womanizer, Kitchen Queen. The base is very heavy construction from brass and copper (yes, I made it to look like a real appliance)  but the plastic container and crown are very light weight and delicate.

 

 

Womanizercrown72The Crown would likely be dented and broken if it was shipped with the heavy base. The entire sculpture was designed to assemble on site and ship in a custom made shipping box.

 

IMG_8048In the left photo you can see the base being removed from the box.

 

 

 

IMG_8051The crown ships in a separate smaller box to provide protection from the heavy base.

 

 

 

IMG_8058To the left,  the crown is being lifted carefully from the custom made shipping box.

In the SlideShare presentation below, you can see how this sculpture was designed for shipping, and how the custom made shipping box protects the artwork.

Custom Shipping Box /Design Your Work for Shipping by Harriete Estel Berman

View additional presentations by  Harriete Estel Berman

Stay tuned for more posts in this series. Lots of valuable information for shipping your art and craft safely and securely.
Harriete


Merry Renk in Memory Memorial

I recently found out that merry renk passed away and feel an obligation to say something in fitting tribute. In a time when yesterday is so often considered "old hat", it is wonderful to know that merry renk lived long enough to see her jewelry from mid-20th century recognized in major museum exhibitions.

Merry Renk Necklace

What made the work by merry renk so special?

Merry Renk Folded Crown

merry developed a signature style with simple materials and techniques.

In the video below you will see crowns by merry renk.

Hair ornament below by merry renk.

Merry Renk Permanent Collection

Every catch and closure by merry renk was carefully integrated into the whole design.

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Above necklace titled, "Arizona Conference" by merry renk.

I am absolutely postive that she thought all the people at the Conference chirped like a flock of birds called Cactus Wrens. The ends of the horizontal rods are supposed to be a cactus blossom.

Merry Renk Catch for Necklace titled Arizona Conference
Catch for Necklace by merry renk titled, Arizona Conference.
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Merry Renk Sparks Catch
Sparks Necklace Catch by merry renk*

Merry Renk Chick Egg Catch
Catch for Plymouth Rocks Necklace by merry renk 1980-81*

merry shared her knowledge and enthusiasm for the field as a founding member of the San Francisco Bay Area Metal Arts Guild. In this 9 minute YouTube video below merry reminiscences about fellow founder and first MAG President, Margaret De Patta. Interview by emiko oye. San Francisco, CA. April 15, 2012. 

Images shown are:
1. "We open Seven Fifty Studio 1947" (memory painting, merry, 1995);
2. "my jeweler's tattoos" by merry;
3. young merry dancing;
4. April 2012 - Christine Dhein, emiko oye, merry renk, Shana Astrachan;
5. merry renk's jewelry studio (2012);
6. exhibition poster for merry renk's retrospective, 1981;
7. reverse side of exhibition poster, drawings by merry renk.

MerryRenkjewelerstattoosmerry continued to attend Metal Art Guild events regularly sharing her smiles and enthusiasm. 

Listen to an oral history interview with merry renk from the Archives of American Art. Link to podcast of merry renk interviewed by Arline Fisch.

The transcript of an interview with merry renk is in the public domain and may be used without permission. Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with merry renk, 2001 Jan. 18-19, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

*The ideas for these catches by merry renk were shared with me in 1988 when I was teaching a Hinges and Mechanisms Workshop.

Please feel welcome to add a comment about merry renk.

In remembrance of merry during what would have been her 91st year, please join the community in these following events to celebrate her life:

Celebration for merry’s Life
Sat, July 14, 1:30-4:30pm
First Unitarian Universalist Church
1187 Franklin Street at Geary
San Francisco, CA 94109

Harriete
Merry Renk waving


Maker Faire Inspiration & Technology

 Maker Faire with the San Francisco Metal Arts Guild  in 2010.arnEvery year the Maker Faire comes to San Mateo.In the past, I participated with hands on projects (left photo) but this year I just went to look around. As usual there was the amazing mix of entertainment and budding entrepeneurship. My favorite is the new technologies.

 

Do you know about the Tech Shop?
Tech Shop at Maker Faire
They have opened new Tech Shop locations in Detroit, Michigan.  Another is planned for Brooklyn, New York. Check out the TECH Shop web site. Geek Dad Father's Day weekend is coming up!

How about this 3-D printing shown below.
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The forms in this photo are a little silly and decorative, but you can see the potential of the technology.

3-D printing doesn't have to be in white any longer. Printbl.com  by Printbl is colored bio degradable materials for 3-D printing at Maker Fairel

From Printbl.com this plastic "wire" is for 3-D printing machines. The colors are bubble gum to banana yellow and "gem stones translucent" shown below.

3-D printing material at Maker Faire

These plastics for 3-D printing are all biodegradable PLA.

Check out Sugru! Air cured silicon rubber.  It "hardens" when exposed to moisture in the air. It is soft and flexible when cured.
Sugur Hack things better at Maker Faire

Below are examples shown at Maker Fair:
Sugru Samples at Maker Faire
Sugru has adhesive properties but is flexible.

  • It sticks to most materials, from steel to cotton
  • Colors can be mixed to get a huge range of in-between shades
  • It's flexible when cured so great for prototyping parts

Sugru at the Maker Faire
A package of Sugru contains individual envelopes.

  •     It bonds to most hard plastics used to make gadgets and car parts;
  •     It's stable up to 180C/360F so it's good for dashboards in the summer;
  •     It comes in black - interior repairs can be very subtle.

Sugru at the Maker Faire

Have you ever used Sugru? I have been using this to fix things around the house and it is phenomenal. Just rebuild the broken parts with Sugru (it is kind of like dense Play Dough) and then come back the next day. It is hard, ready to go. 

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The Clorox Maker Contest ends on June 22, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. PT ("Contest Period").  2 Grand Prizes: $2000.  2 First Prizes: $1000. 8 Second Prizes: $500. Here is the premise for the contest for would be inventors and makers.

Another thing I love about MakerFaire is the clever ideas and entrepreneurial spirit.  Makerfaire 107

How about this sign for MAKEY, MAKEY made from...
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spray painted keyboards. Very clever, and it was just wired to the temporary hurricane fencing used to delineate booth spaces.

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"MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touch pads and combine them with the internet. It's a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between." They funded themselves successfully on Kickstarter. It was a good fit for the Kickstarter young adult geek audience.

There were numerous technology companies demonstrating their equipment priced and sized for the consumer.  I love, love, lover laser cutters.
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These consumer models cut wood, plastic, fabric, felt, paper, cardboard, etc. at 600 dpi. They cut all the way through the material or can be rasterized for creating patterns and designs.
Laser cutter at the Maker Faire
Before you buy a Laser cutter consider the size of the laser bed.
This one was small which keeps the price lower, but may limit your projects. Go as big as you can afford.

I know how to solder and weld, but thought this sign was hilarious.  It was at a large booth for Radio Shack.

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Go to Maker Faire if it is in your area.
Saturday, June 16th, there is a Maker Faire in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.
There is so much to see, do and learn.
Harriete


Garth Clark RIDES A Sinking Ship as Captain

Garth Clark's keynote address at the 2012 SNAG Conference is now available online as a  MP3 file. Click on this link.

Garth Clark speaking in front of a Sinking ShipThe lecture was provocative with many startling conclusions which you may or may not agree with, but I highly recommend listening to his opinions. His PowerPoint is not available, but this posts includes a number of links & images he used in his lecture.  Check out Mark Del Vecchio's & Garth Clark's Facebook page and the internet for more resources.

Garth Clark starts by asking, "Who do you want to Pimp your art in the 20th Century?" He speaks extemporaneously, thoughtfully, and metaphoric in a manner that was easy to understand. I have included links for most of the names mentioned in the lecture so that you can easily find what Garth Clark is talking about if you aren't familiar with the names.

"A movement is like a cruise ship...until it springs a leak and sinks."  

Jennifer Trask

Lauren Kalman

"A whole group of artists who have made the shift from craft into art with reasonable success.....one of the only mediums that have not crossed over is metals and jewelry. It still has a fair amount of resistance in the arts."

Garth Clark is right.

Examples of artists making or using images of jewelry as art below. This work sells at art prices. 

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Kimiko Yoshida "obsession with jewelry"

Damien Hirst

Garth Knight Jeweled Creations on his web site

Rashaad Newsome

....then Garth talks about the design world. "Craft and design are really twins. They were born from the same parents,....with the identical  mission....they wanted to get away from the ghastly lack of taste.... And then they parted..."

Alexander McQueen - "designer and famous artist of our time"

Myra Mimlistch Gray

Marc Newsome Chair sold for 2.1 million dollars

Work based on the domestic object below by Studio Job

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Studio Job design of metal vessels entitled The Last Supper

Essentially the large, rusty, cast-iron dinner service above by Belgian designers Studio Job is inspiration for a twelve-piece, hand made dinner service and another industrially produced collection, manufactured by Dutch porcelain manufacturer Royal Tichelaar Makkum. The prototype is shown in the museum. Modern manufacturing and profit generated support the more artistic adventures.

Selling of the domestic design objects finances the artwork.

Below church created in metal.

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The ten meter-high church is constructed from 100 stacked layers of weathered steel plates.Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, a collaboration between young Belgian architects Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh, have built a see-through church in the Belgian region of Haspengouw. The church is a part of the Z-OUT project of Z33, house for contemporary art based in Hasselt, Belgium. Z-OUT is an ambitious long-term art in public space project that will be realized on different locations in the Flemish region of Limburg over the next five years.
ChurchLINES
The project is called ‘Reading between the Lines’ and is a project by the duo Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, a collaboration between young Belgian architects Pieterjan Gijs (Leuven, 1983) and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh (Leuven, 1983).Since 2007, they have been realizing projects in the public space that derive from their architectural background, but clearly display an artistic intention. As such, their projects do not always originate from the customary commission and carry a large degree of autonomy. Their primary concerns are experiment, reflection, a physical involvement with the end result and the input of the viewer. More information and images can be found at dezeen.

Look at this use of chain by Gijs Van Vaerenbergh

Garth then talks about the money picture. It's really sad and depressing. There must be a middle ground some where, but this is the crux of the issue.  

"The problem is... hands....":

"Your hands can only make X number of pieces in a given day."

"Your expenses go up every day...."

"You are limited completely by what those hands can produce.."

"The only way to get around that is to charge more for the work that you do."

"As we all know raising prices is very tough."

"So you are caught in a very bad economic model where your expenses are now getting ahead of income."

"And the model for the conventional craft studio is not working very well at the moment, and shows no sign of immediate recovery."

"the craft world is facing a situation.... where it is just not working on a financial level."

"If you stay where you are,  you are getting very difficult competition from the design world,  it is very smart,  the work is very  interesting, it is extremely sophisticated in many cases, and between that and D.I.Y. it's really going to squish the [craft] market considerably."

Listen to the podcast and tell me what you think. I agree with Garth Clark completely. The problem is that I still want to make my one of a kind artworks.

S_AJF_logoA Smaller Conference Experience Lunch Discussion continued with Garth Clark and his partner Mark Del Vecchio the next day. Sponsored by the Art Jewelry Forum it was an amazing opportunity to speak with Garth Clark in a smaller group.

Garth Clark's opinions were strong and highly controversial. We need more conversations. We need more people to challenge our assumptions, but now that I am home and evaluating my future....boy, is that depressing.

One other problem... I am filled with remorse. I didn't ask the questions from Susan Cummins. She said, "I would probably like to ask him about the role of criticism. What role should criticism play in a healthy cultural community? What role does it play in the craft /jewelry world now in his opinion?"

Hey, Garth, if you read this post. Can you answer the question from Susan Cummins so I am not in the "dog house" anymore?

Thank you.

Harriete
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The "No New Ideas" Justification for Unethical CopyCat Behavior

Every so often, the ugly head of a monster in "maker land" rears it's hideous head. The "No New Ideas" justification for Unethical Copycat Behavior. The horrible monster blows hot air and says, "we can all agree that very little is truly new," or that "there is nothing new under the sun."

While I agree that ideas are often culturally, historically and socially based, and usually build on some precedent, this is no excuse to justify copycat behavior.  Copycat behavior is not OK and it is time we stopped thinking it should just be overlooked.  If someone copied you, it is not OK, and if someone else is copied, it is not OK. 

Even if we did not act in the past, I hope we have learned our lesson. Past behavior does not have to be a model of future performance. While materials can not be copyrighted, there is a point where appropriating someone else's signature use of a material is copycat behavior.  Rampant examples abound of copycat twigs, stones, touch stones, beachstones, beach glass, ear plugs, retro-romantic, wrapped wire, or fixtures that fit in your mouth. This is not an issue about sincerity, insincerity, like or dislike. It is lazy, self serving, misinformed.  Any rationalization for adopting someone else's signature style is unethical.

It is time to say, "STOP the copycats."  

Some people copy saying they were "inspired" by someone else's work.  Read, COPYCAT. There is a difference between imspiration and copy.  Impressionists were inspired by Japanese prints, but they did not make copies of Japanese prints. Cubism was inspired by African art, but they did not make wood masks.

The source of inspiration is not a template to copy but a departure point for personal exploration....moving well beyond the original territory of the idea. If you haven't moved far enough...then keep going, keep trekking on your own path, develop and experiment. Don't show, sell, display, publish or exhibit work "inspired" by another maker until your work has clearly moved beyond the inspiration with your own signature style.

In a related scenario, a gallery or store that sells a makers work one year, and then a year or two later comes out with a similar line of their own work... that is too close to unethical for me.  I really can't justify such behavior.  It is copying, it is wrong, and a line in the sand should be drawn.

This brings us to the final post in this series, coming soon ...

  Creating a Breeding Ground of Copycats

Related posts  include:

A Twig Is A Twig Is A Twig*

Preventing Copycat Behavior

 


Preventing Copycat Behavior

Filing for Copyright is the best legal protection for your ideas, and it's fairly inexpensive initially.  However it costs a significant amount of money to enforce and protect your copyright in court.  While the law supports the copyright holder, I believe that artists and makers also need to be more effective advocates for their work through additional pro-active measures.

So what can you do to protect your art or craft from copycats?

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Cynodon © Curtis H. Arima
Silver, 18k gold, patina

1. Create designs that can not be easily copied. This only happens if you develop your OWN techniques, style, or design vocabulary beyond the easily available resources. It will not likely come from a book, workshop, or tutorial. It comes from working in the studio, hour after hour, day after day to create new and distinctive capabil- lities. Taking your ideas, developing them over time, and making them better, different and unique.

 

 

Curtis Arima Root Necklace
Roots © Curtis H. Arima
Silver, blue and white diamonds

2. Avoid dependence on unaltered, manufactured or natural found items. You may fabricate beautiful work, but if other people can find or buy exactly the same thing, it is easy for them to copy your work. This includes purchased beads and stones. The more common your source for the materials, the more vulnerble your work is for duplication. For example, beads purchased from Micheal's Craft Supply are easy for others to find too.  Telling everyone where you buy your stones is asking for "copycat" TROUBLE.

In contrast, cutting your own stones or purchasing from a more obscure source offers more protection from copycats.

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Lamp Finial © Curtis H. Arima
Silver, 24k gold plated

3. Avoid teaching workshops that teach other makers how to make your signature style. This may not be a popular idea, but I can not figure out why the crafts community cultivates the idea that successful makers should teach their signature style or technique to a group of makers.

Why are we encouraging them to sell their artistic souls?


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Entangled Connections
© Curtis H. Arima
Copper, silver patina
Photo Credit: Robert Couto




4. Jurors of exhibitions and craft shows should actively and vocally reject work that is "copycat" in nature. This includes jurors for student and emerging artist shows. While this is impossible to implement universally, jurors should be well informed.  As respected representatives of the community, jurors have the opportunity, perhaps even a responsiblity, to reject copycats and promote originality.

 

Curtis Arima oxalic Necklace
Oxaic ©  Curtis H. Arima
Silver,  18k gold, patina

5. Everyone can help. Raising awareness and public discussion is the most effective remedy.  Whenever and wherever anyone sees copycat work, raise the topic with the sponsor, gallery, or exhibition.  Discuss the issue. What are the issues at hand?  Is it ethics, hurt feelings, impact on your market or your reputation? There are many more possibilities but no doubt the community of artists and makers is hurt by copycats.

Harriete

Images in this post by Curtis H. Arima are inspired by twigs, branches and roots.

Previous related post:
A Twig is a Twig is a Twig
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Copycat, copyright or coincidence - simple steps for prevention.

Designing to Avoid Copycat, Copyright or Coincidence.

Fair Use Guidelines


Next Posts:  

The "No New Ideas" Justification for Unethical Behavior

Creating a Breeding Ground for Copycat Justifications.


A Twig Is A Twig Is A Twig*

MickyRoofGoldTwigCuffRecent emails and posts on Orchid/Ganoskin have drawn my attention to an unfortunate story related to jewelry made from cast twigs. A1001-016fI can't say who is right or wrong, though I am inclined to be sympathetic to the heartfelt story.

 

 

 

 


There are at least 4 issues raised in this discussion.

1. Accusations of copyright infringement (based on cast Twigs)

2. Preventing Knock-offs

3. The "No New Ideas" justification for Unethical Behavior

4. Behaviors Creating a Breeding Ground for Copycat Justifications.

This post starts with accusations of "copyright infringement" based on Twigs

There is no copyright infringement on cast twigs as a motif in jewelry, or anything else for that matter.  Picking up a twig off the ground, casting the twig made by mother nature and using it as a visual element in a line of jewelry is not creating an original design element.

QuadrupletwigbangleT_BR_S_160While some makers may believe they have created a signature style, creating a line of jewelry based on cast twigs is not original.

 

Mickyrooftwigbraceletwdiamonds SingletwigbraceletT_D_BR_S_152I 3846150652_f8a6c69f51_o did a search online for images of jewelry from twigs and readily found an enormous amount of jewelry with twig motifs. The Twig Jewelry idea even has an e-how How to Make Jewelry With Twigs  Thus, the debate about copyright infringement ends up being a moot point.

Creating a signature style from any element that can be picked off the ground, or is readily available from mother nature makes you vulnerable to copycat problems. (To be discussed further in the next post.)

The author of the original post on Orchid states that she specializes "in setting fantastic opals in the work" which she was purchasing  from "Eagle Creek Opals...Bill Kasso. This made the work particularly unique because Bill has a cutting style which is very special as well as the material he mines."

 No matter how special the opals, if other people can buy the same (or similar) opals from Bill Kasso (of any one else) you are not adding any unique element.

Most of the images in this post are NOT credited to maker to protect everyone from threats, lawsuits, incrementation, and liable. No endorsement or refutation is implied.

What may distinguishes one piece of twig jewelry and the next in this post is:
1. The quality of the photos
2. The quality of the work (which we can not see in the online photos);
3. The price point (which varied widely);
4. Some people are making more money and a reputation than others selling twig jewelry.

What lessons can everyone learn from this sad tale? If you don't create every single element in your jewelry, you will remain vulnerable to copycat work. This applies to casting twigs or buying stones, no matter how special.

Opal line bracelet by ChH. MackellarYes, it is possible to create an original "Twig Bracelet" (right) by C.H. Mackeller, if you create your own twigs. This is an original design and possible to copyright.

Sstwigcufftourmaline133aYes, it is possible to copyright a clever term like "stick Pin" which Micky Roof says she has done. Unfortunately, even if you own the copyright for one particular idea, you need money to take a person to court to protect your idea legally.

However,.....there are more issues to the story. Stay tuned...

Harriete

Next posts:

Preventing Knock-offs

The "No New Ideas" justification for Unethical Behavior

Behaviors Creating a Breeding Ground for Copycat Justifications.

*The title of today's post : A Twig is A Twig Is A Twig" is inspired by Gertrude Stein  famous quote, "A Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose."


TECH Shop Open House Build Your Dreams

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TECH Shop is having an Open House!
Menlo Park, CA is Saturday.
San Francisco, CA next weekend.

ASKHarrietePINS72If you don't know about the TECH Shop CHECK IT OUT! Learn how to use Laser Cutters, anodizing, welding, sandblasting, and all kinds of machine tool technologies. CAD (Computer Aided Design) CAM Computer Aided Manufacturing, CNC Mills, vinyl cutters and more are all at your disposal.

TechShop is a membership-based workshop that provides members with access to tools and equipment, instruction, and a community of creative and supportive people so they can build the things they have always wanted to make.

You can think of TechShop like a fitness club, but with tools and equipment instead of exercise equipment. It is sort of like a Kinko's for makers, or a Xerox PARC for the rest of us.

"TechShop is designed for everyone, regardless of their skill level." While I am super lucky to have the original Tech Shop 20 minutes from my house, they now have locations in San Francisco, San Jose, Raleigh, NC and Detroit, MI. Brooklyn, NY is planned.

"TechShop provides access to a wide variety of machinery and tools including milling machines and lathes, welding stations and a CNC plasma cutter, sheet metal working equipment, drill presses and band saws, industrial sewing machines, hand tools, plastic and wood working equipment including a 4' x 8' ShopBot CNC router, electronics design and fabrication facilities, Epilog laser cutters, tubing and metal bending machines, a Dimension SST 3-D printer, electrical supplies and tools, and pretty much everything you'd ever need to make just about anything. TechShop is for EVERYONE!"

Harriete

P.S. I have taken classes. People will help you...there is no reason to be intimidated because you aren't an engineer or geek.

 

 

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