if you go here it seems like you could order my shibori omiyage. but you can’t. they are only using my images without my permission. doesn’t seem quite right to me.
perhaps this “this mother-daughter duo business power house with a passion for creativity” should rethink their business plan.
they won’t respond to emails and they won’t take down my images. i’m just plain mad. but i’ll get over it. i’ve had several kind offers of pro bono legal help offered. thank you. you know who you are.
not having to think about this and having someone else handle it allows me to get back to what i really need to be doing-making and selling my work and visiting a 4th grade classroom each week.
you know, i could just ignore the whole thing and go on dyeing and creating. but i do feel a responsibility to the greater good to do my small part to stop this sort of thing. even if it feels like i’m swimming upstream. this is just the tip of the iceburg. today i found a second similar site using my images- but they have since removed them. i’m only a small fish in a huge ocean. buyer beware.
it is hard enough to make a living this way but when people just brazenly co-op your work for their own profit it really is too much! it appears as if these ladies want to test out the viability of selling furoshiki products. So with that in mind they create a website and populate it with stolen images. mind you, they don’t own the rights to these images nor do they have an inventory to support it- just the images and the grand idea of selling furoshiki. they didn’t dye the silk, create, invent, design the item, or even photograph it. they simply searched the internet and flickr for images they liked and thought were creative and pretty (gee..thanks..i’m flattered) and threw them up on their site to see what stuck. then they went around the internet and posted links, wrote “articles”, and sent press releases.
this is what passes for entrepreneurs these days. so much for a background in art. looks like we need to be teaching ethics instead of grantwriting in art school.
i feel better already. onward and upward! thanks for hearing me out.
(note*-to see the outcome of this situation, go here.)