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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Myspace Stalker Swap on: August 17, 2006 02:38:46 PM
My goodness! Thanks lynbird for posting the pics - I've been looking for my camera cord for almost a week now - I just found it today and was coming on to post pics... I'm loving the tote bag; I was thiking about how I could use another tote bag specifically for my jewelry class stuff, and the next day, there it was!  Cute and celticy (just like me! Wink)

Three pairs of rockin'devil's horns...

I'm gonna have to wait until halloween or I'm in the states to use the horns, but they're not going to waste!

And last but not least, a cute beaded bracelet set!


Thanks again, lynbird, great swapping with you!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Myspace Stalker Swap on: August 08, 2006 06:51:18 AM
I recieved my package today, all the way from Peru!

First I found :A hand-painted tote bag! It even has a pocket for my iPod -  Soooo very cool! Just one thing, oddtraveler - who is it? I've been wracking my brain all day!

Her note was written on a postcard from Sri Lanka - very impressive for someone like me who's never left the US!
Thank you so much, oddtraveler! And sit tight, your package is on its way! Will pm you with the DC code tomorrow.

You're very welcome!  I can't believe I've been this slackin on craftster lately... my less than a year and a half old computer died.  I mean REALLY died, and I just can't bring myself to buy a new one yet, knowing that some revoultionary new processor's starting to get into computers within a month.  So I've been borrowing computers where I can... The picture is of Ben Folds, for any of you who were curious (lynbird knows already) - I figured anyone who's last "anything special you want to add" statement was "I love Ben Folds!" needed a big ol'portrait of him!

Hehe - I guess I'll keep using all those postcards I bought too many of!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Pop Tab Shirt! on: August 01, 2006 08:59:13 AM
Well, that just kicked my "don't throw away anything" drive into high gear again!  I would love to know how you got the rows to hold together too...  In any case, rock on! Post again when you have the whole dress!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is there a Lawyer in da house? on: July 29, 2006 09:15:07 PM
Wow - I'm getting really confused now.  By some of the arguments on here, seriously, it seems some people feel like anyone using any kind of pattern, original or not, to make a product for profit owes a cut.  If it's somewhat difficult or original I would consider it, but the vast majority of patterns out there are SO similar to other patterns, or outright universal constructions (like an a-line skirt or a tote bag) that why should I pay that company any more than the purchase price of the pattern?  I can wholy respect not copying the pattern itself, because it did take time to print and write up instructions.  But does it really cover designs like mentioned?  I mean come on, McCalls or Vogue can't have sole claim to inventing the a-line skirt or the tote bag, why should I pay them a percentage of every finished a-line skirt I do because I used their pattern to save some drawing time?  That seems out of line. 

I mean really, if the pattern is that original to warrant going after sellers of the finished product, why not just register the product, pattern and all and just make it themselves, rather than publishing the pattern and then trying to go after everyone who makes it?  Seems kind of odd logic to me...  Get paid for the pattern? Certainly, I would protect and defend pattern makers for that.  Get paid a percent for everything that results from the pattern (i.e. a-line skirt or tote bag)?  Come on.  The pattern may be original, but quite frequently what it's a pattern for is not so original to have a reasonable claim to that, at least I don't think so.  There are SOOOOO many craftsters on here who would wind up getting sued out of wanting to make anything if that were the way of things.  Guess I'll be drawing my own tote bag pattern now  Undecided
5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Ocean Scarf - image heavy on: July 28, 2006 11:08:59 AM
Wow that is GORGEOUS - Congrats on winning your prize... although I'm really curious now what won first!  I would have given you first I bet.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is there a Lawyer in da house? on: July 28, 2006 11:06:19 AM
Ok legal aside, with the exception of the blog thing, every example you mentioned falls under the concept of personal use or sharing among friends - not for profit, and not just throwing it out there for the whole world to copy from.  The blog thing, it depends on what the quote was but it's not copyrighted just because it came out of your mouth, and even if it were, you'd be citing your source, and still not using it for profit.  Likewise, I would expect a person who's made a knitting pattern to just accept that I'm going to let my friends borrow the book or whatever, but I would not expect to see it posted on a forum like here, where thousands of the general public are now getting my pattern for free.  I would want to be paid for the pattern that I had drawn up and published.

I am a little fuzzy on the concept of not being able to sell anything that you made from a pattern though, without giving the pattern maker a cut - while you did use the pattern, you also already paid them for it, and didn't you also put your own hard labor into it, as well as parts of your own style and originality (such as fabric choices, any alterations, etc) that would make it uniquely yours?  At that rate, in theory whoever made the pattern for the basic cable knit sweater, or the basic men's dress shirt would be the wealthiest person in the world by now.  Who knows, maybe they are. 

But I would figure that either the pattern was so unique that it was clearly a copy of a particular designer's very very unique style of product (like, say, a cabbage patch kid) in which case the product itself has likely already been made and marketed.  Or it would fall into the basic shirt/purse/sweater/whatever pattern, where it's got so much in common to other similar patterns that how the *&%^ would the person who published that pattern ever be able to say that they didn't get to their pattern by doing something really similar to other patterns - so would you then give them a cut on the purses/sweaters you sell, and they'd then give their influence a cut, and so on and so on and so on? 
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dealing with cruddy dorm room furniture? on: July 27, 2006 10:59:52 PM
Okay this'll probably be the weirdest kinkiest thought of my day (okay, not really, but still), and it may never work for durability or cleaning issues, but... liquid latex?  It does, after all, peel nicely off of skin, so maybe it would work on wood?  A test patch first I guess.  Course, your dorm would look like a fetish club, but... woohoo!  It does come in lots of neat colors, though, so maybe not? Hmm... What else could be used for that sort of thing - isn't there peelable paint out there?   Whatever you do, don't use anything like contact paper.  It will undoubtedly leave some sticky behind somewhere.  I've tried using goo-gone, acetone, and various other chemicals to remove gum from laminate and wood and it doesn't do to well on the finish a lot of times

Then again, those ugly laminate surfaces do have a purpose in college, namely EASY CLEANING.  Trust me, you'll learn the value of that really quickly!

8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Copyrighting a style? on: July 17, 2006 07:54:11 PM
Oh no, I was just using Elvis as an example of a face I might do.  It could be literally anyone's face.
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Copyrighting a style? on: July 14, 2006 10:16:54 AM
I've just started refining this very specific style for bags, custom portraits, etc. - basically I take a face and section it up by light/dark areas and then transfer the "map" to whatever surface I'm using, then paint it in with the same lightness or darkness, but with no regard as to what color it's "supposed" to be (i.e. the shadow area under the nose becomes dark purple, the highlight areas of the hair become neon green, forehead shine becomes a nice pastel blue, etc.).  It has a very specific look to it but I have yet to paint out enough faces to try copyrighting this style on individual faces (such as a face mapped Elvis). 

My main concern is the style, as I'm afraid it won't be to hard for someone to duplicate this process and start stealing the concept, so what kind of precautions can I take so that doesn't happen?  (Other than the fact that it's obnoxiuosly time consuming...)  Is it even possible to copyright a style/process, or would it only be possible to copyright each painted piece?  What are the rules if I, say, paint an Elvis in this style, copyright the work, and someone else comes along and does the same process with Elvis, but, because of colors or slightly different mapping theirs comes out a little different, but you can tell that they're basically just copying the idea?  Like, what does Keith Haring do so there aren't just a bunch of Haring-esque wannabes mooching off his easily recognizable style?  Or, can he do anything about it?

This is just like the first completely original, not influenced by anyone else's work (at least, not consciously) idea I've been able to call my own that I've been really proud of, and I don't want lots of other people bogarting the style! Thanks for any help you might have...
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: POPCORN HEAD on: July 13, 2006 12:49:44 AM
So I guess the lesson then is to use plain popcorn?  Tongue
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