Karma Maybe

A few days ago I received a comment from an anonymous person.

Here's the exchange:
  1. I've found a copy of one of your bracelets, I was asking to sell it, but the owner already sold it somewhere. I'm sending the link to the copy: http://i57.tinypic.com/9avmsx.jpg


    1. I don't normally publish anonymous comments, but I'm making an exception here.
  2. https://www.facebook.com/JewelryDesignByVitalija/photos/a.438567969557970.1073741825.368474843233950/784886871592743/?type=1&theater


    1. As my daughter says, "i don't know why it's so hard for people to say "hey, i got some ideas after seeing *insert inspiration here.*" I've always made an effort to credit my inspirations. It's not that difficult. Or is the artist not much of an artist? Is any of her work her own? Makes you wonder.

So I wondered about this. I wasn't really sure how I felt about it. I followed the link, and this is what I saw.

I was still in a kind of gray area about this. Is it enough like my work to want some recognition for the original design? What should be my response? I talked it over with my daughter, Darcy.

She felt it was a direct lift of my design, and left a comment on the person's FB page. It was polite, noting the similarity between my work from some time ago and the above, making a statement about how great it is to be inspired by other people's work, and how nice it is to give credit where it's due. She then helpfully provided a link to the Etsy listing for my cuff.  Immediately after her posting, I got a new follower on Etsy. Coincidence, I'm sure.

The next day we notice Darcy's comment and link have been deleted. This doesn't speak well for the designer's intent, I think. Darcy asked if I'd like to comment myself, or have a fellow artisan comment on my behalf at this point. I told her any further comments along those lines would meet the same fate and really - what would it accomplish? I decided to let it go.

And this morning I wake up to find that very same cuff of mine is today's featured item on Aftcra's Facebook page.

By taking the high road, I think the gods that attend on mortal artisans have seen fit to reward me with a bit of unexpected exposure.

Right now, I'm attempting to conjure spring through beadwork. So of course, there will be more later.

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