Sunday, January 6, 2013

Befuddlement of Patterns

The internet is a funny place.  You can't keep things safe.  We all knew that.

Unfortunately, I will not be sharing the patterns for my quiet book.  There is simply too much risk that my intellectual property (the patterns) will not be respected and frankly, the books are quite difficult to make.  I recognize that they are unique and people like unique things.  I also recognize that there are some of you with honest intentions who just want to make a nice gift, and I feel bad that it is this way.  However, I didn't add the quiet book to Pinterest nor did I ask that it be there - that alone is enough to be confident that the time (days!) that I would put into preparing detailed patterns would quickly be a waste when the patterns become readily available for free on social media.  I believe that artists should be compensated for their work because our work takes time and often comes from years of education and study.  An item like this represents a significant labor commitment to prepare and I am simply not okay with throwing it to the masses.

I would provide Pinterest with a takedown notice, but that requires me to create an account and I will not be associated with that den of copyright infringement.

However, my blog posts on each page of the book are very detailed.  You are welcome to draft your own patterns inspired by my creations and techniques, and we'll call it good.

1 comment:

  1. I realize that this is an old post, however it makes me sad when an artist thinks like this. As an artist myself, I do understand your point, however Pinterest (and many other sites) is an amazing way for your items to get noticed! I am always flattered when my items get pinned because that means that someone likes my creations enough to share them with the world. Being an artist, I am sure that you understand how important word of mouth can be. You can't always believe that just because someone shares a photo of your completed work, they will share a copyrighted pattern. The world is not full of dishonest people and giving others the benefit of the doubt is a great way to handle situations like this. This being said, I respect your decision to not share your patterns, however I hope that you will rethink this decision as your creations are amazing and many people would be willing to pay for copies of your patterns. Not sharing the patterns is just asking for people to replicate you, why not share and make a bit of money on it? You're not really losing anything...