My cross-stitch moustache ring
Well, it's been an interesting start to the week! In the past 12 hours alone I've come across not one, but TWO sneaky copy cats.
The first copycat was innocent enough. A 12 year old girl attempting a (very long winded) blog tutorial demonstrating how to create one of my moustache rings (needless to say the outcome didn't rival my super 'tache ring!). It was quite funny and sweet really, so it wasn't really anything I should feel bad about...
...then, I thought I'd take a little snoop around Etsy to see what other people have been making. I do this periodically just to be nosey and sure enough there are plenty of other people doing cross-stitch items, some are very similar to current items I have in stock, or items I have made previously and sure it can irk me a little but I know I cannot hold the monopoly on cross-stitched items. It peeved me a little to see that someone had copied one particular item of mine down to the last stitch.
I know it sounds really petty to complain that someone has copied a really small accessory I have made, but the design is mine!
I'm not going to name and shame anyone. I have sent the person a polite message, and hoping I don't get a shitty one back! I know these things happen, and in some roundabout way imitation is a form of flattery but mostly it just makes me feel sad and rather pissed off.
It's not easy being an independent designer, in fact it's really bloody hard. If a designer's work inspires you, tell them, tell your friends or write a blog post about their work to give them some exposure. Don't copy their work. There is a BIG difference between being inspired and plagiarism, and in most cases breaching copyright laws.
If you cannot think up a design yourself, maybe that medium isn't for you? Maybe you should be doing something else?
Sorry for the rant folks. If you would like to see my work and not a copied version, you can see it here: www.etsy.com/shop/MaMagasin but please don't copy it, thanks ;)