As I sit with an upset tummy, a heavy heart & totally mixed
emotions on this topic, I come to you with a dilemma. Giggles, funniest
thing is that only a handful visit this site, so I may be babbling
thoughts that are lost in outer space without ever reaching a human
ear. All the same, this my feeble attempt to address THE most 'touchy'
subject within the Polymer Clay community... Legal 'Copyright Laws'
& questions of 'moral & ethical' behavior. A Huge conversation
because... what is LEGAL & what is ethical is 2 very different
Perhaps we should roll back a bit? Here is a comment on my site...
What, if anything, do I personally say about ArchiDee?
Here's a link to her Page on my site... inc EVERY way to see her on the web:
Under several paragraphs applauding her talent, you will see..
She does in person seminars teaching
her Very Intriguing Techniques that will astound you. Make certain you
grab a front row seat if the opportunity presents itself & be sure
to check out ALL her links below.
Be sure to 'LIKE' & subscribe to her YouTube Channel...
and you can see reviews & clay related info at Archidee Plus
Awesome LOW prices on tutorials & handmade items in her shop
Review the entire page, & then hit a link to 1 of her tutorials I had posted here... http://clayplayliz.blogspot.com/2015/10/rombo-soutache-project-archidee-arte-e.html
You will note, The title is the same as on her YouTube site & her name is listed as the author.
There is Also a hot link right below the video to her 'Master Artist' page.
I have advertised for HER & promoted HER.And, of course... a bit over a year ago she was thanking me.
So, fast forward to the other day &
what was I shown?1st, a rant by ArchiDee that I have stolen her work
& put my name on it, of course I didn't. That was followed
immediately by this...
??? Seriously??? OMGosh, some people will say anything, & how
quickly everyone jumped onboard. Money from YouTube traffic... really???
Let's see a you tube post.
First, notice - NONE of my posts EVER had a name or title... every 1 had a numerical name, Period!
#2 - I
have NEVER put a TAG on a post - EVER! That means absolutely noone sees
my posts - EVER! They were there for 1 reason... to have a place online
that inc a container (video player) so I can link to them. Why? Very
simple - if I went to YouTube & typed in Red Polymer Fimo Flower to
reference a video viewed at another time... good luck finding it again.
YouTube, a popular video streaming site, now streams more than three billion videos per day
So, I know exactly where the post is,
let's take a peak at what ANYONE who went to that page would see.
Because I don't / won't use tags... as you can see - playlist at right
is all but empty. The video is about a 'jewelry wiring technique' &
look at the right... 1 polymer video (probably because it's someone I
follow), a 'molding' video (because I follow them) & random
silliness that probably all have a number within their tags.
are content settings that I'm sure can be set to link to accounts or
sites that generate money, but it has NOTHING to do with me. Look
closely here at my site... NO Advertising - none, nada, zilch...
I'm not generating 1 penny, for myself or anyone else.
The internet is a glut of
information... more than I can begin to keep track of. There are sites
out there who trample on artists in such blatant fashion, it's
frightening! I DON'T fall into that category. I can say with ABSOLUTE
certainty that Pinterest has posts which are of tutorials I have paid
for, hence I know at some point someone got their mitts on that tut,
posted it and then shared their socks off. Although I've purchased
literally 100's of tutorials over the years... I've never reposted 1.
NOT because of the LAW, but because of a sense of 'Moral Obligation'.
I'm so sick of the Fanatics
bandwagon. Instead of ranting about how I should 'smoke a turd in
hell'... YOU should be utilizing my truest talents - as a teacher. Have
I published books on the Polymer topics, Nope. Do I travel the world
teaching courses? Nope. But, I DO have what many of you are lacking...
the key that takes an artist to the next level... Marketing skills
& PVA knowledge.
PVA Knowledge, Really? Marketing knowledge, Really? Take a close, really close peak.
Click the 'WINDOWS' tab at the top of the home page for a lot of my windows or
you like to take 3 guesses at what these windows are made of ? If you
guessed Stained Glass, you missed it by a mile. It's custom tinted PVA
applied to a glass surface. 1001% PVA. I know a LOT about PVA, & it
changes WHAT can be done with our clay. Im now seriously considering
NOT telling you about some cool things I was going to share. Liquid
metal that air dries that is 100% PVA - thats what I created my lead
lines from. The 'fill'.. you'ld faint IF you knew how I did that, &
you could too. Hahaa, I saved my secrets for my kids, to pass them my
family biz... they aren't artists & have found their own niches, so
I was going to pass some of it to you guys. Hmmm, after such sweetness,
how can I be rethinking that, huh?
And what of marketing? As far as I can
see, the reason so many are so nervous is that they feel threatened.
More artists mean less opportunity for them? Perhaps artists that 'have
arrived' see all the fresh newer talent as a threat? When you combine
talent with a niche' is when you have true success. Yes, I found a cool
niche to put my knowledge of PVA to good use... but I also had truly
ingenious marketing... or I would never have gone beyond having some
really nice windows in my own home.
Last question... while some are
having a stroke over me posting some of there website material here...
(yes, just reposting) what of true copyright laws. Everyone does
Stroppel Canes... did every one of you get permission from Alice
Stroppel before you did a Stroppel cane? We could go on & on going
down that bunny trail. Of EVERY tut I've seen, perhaps 6 were genuinely
original... the rest was revamping the same ol' thang. Does that mean
they aren't of value? Of course not... but true copyright protection
regards 'Unique Technique'.
in art? Of course, I had to explore that closely, I actually had money
to loose back in those days. Lets look at a few other windows. Do these
'artworks' look familiar at all? Thomas Kinkade didn't invite me
to burn in eternal flames. HaHaaaa, maybe perhaps because he doesn't
work in polymer?!
I guess I'm a small person because I
can't get beyond a hardy 'raspberry' for each of you that see fit to
sharpen their teeth on me, and I prefer to bow a knee of thanx &
gratitude to a TRUE artist, 1 that is pure at heart & understands
the reality of art. I'm going to print her words in full (I Don't
tamper with perfection):
question on my message board this morning. This is not the first time
in my life I have been ask this.
Why do I share my knowledge so
Aren't I afraid of someone profiting from me or my
Aren't I afraid of someone copying me?
They all phrase it
a little different but still the same question.
When I went to art
shows I was ask wasn't I afraid of others taking my customers?
The universe has enough for everyone, to get
you must give.
I know nothing that in some way I haven't learned
Our main job should be to help others no matter how
small that help may be.
There is nothing I can teach or share with
others that they can't learn from someone else.
You can't steel my
customers because I don't own them, if they buy from you it doesn't
mean that if not for you they would have bought from me.
universe will give me what I deserve.
I am in competition with no
one except myself, to be better today than yesterday.
copy my work any more than you can copy my signature.
your works looks like mine and you learned from me then I did a good
job teaching what little I know.
If you take my idea and profit
from it then I am glad for you, after all I learned it from someone
else in some way.
The only thing that really matters in this life
What a beautiful, eloquent & generous soul Diana has.
Diana, if you see this post, please know...
When I grow up I want to be just like you!
closing... I Won't quit posting , because I won't quit growing &
learning. You may smile at this irony, this site has been here for
years & had only a hand full of followers, because I don't promote
it... it's for Me. But since all the buzz, ugly as it has been, the
site following has increased 25%. I imagine if you chew on me for
another month or 2, it will be 'standing room only' for many more
For those content to be students & Not sharpening your teeth on me...
Good evening fellow clayers. I hope this note finds you well, having fun gearing up for the holidays.
the last few days I've received almost 100 messages, all from the same 9
people... with loving messages regarding my burning in hell, 1 wants to
burn my home down with me & my family in it... & of course...
everyone can't wait to invest their hard earned money to sue the old gal
that has neither a pot to tinkle in or a window to throw it out of. I
believe they are slightly upset... just a guess :-)
site was always my playground, a way to stay organized as a student. I
hope it was a blessing to the handful that have joined me. We've come a
long way as artists in the 3 years since we began here, it's been an
I have bought a domain with
unlimited storage & am in the process of downloading this blog. I am
moving it on Friday & it will be my personal cloud storage space.
This lil playground will be no more, so IF there is any info here that
you personally will miss, be sure to grab a copy while the getting is
I wish you all the very best & joy filled holidays.
As always... Happy Claying <3