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1  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...
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Instructions on: June 22, 2006 01:55:33 PM
Actually there's a great set of illustrated instructions on about.com at http://sewing.about.com/library/sewnews/library/aatech0803.htm
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Various stitches for rolled hemmer foot? on: June 20, 2006 10:14:26 PM
I just made my first successful rolled hem on a piece of scrap fabric with my new hemmer foot - yeah!

Now I'm wondering... can I use any other settings besides a straight stitch?  If anyone happens to be a costuming / SCA geek, I'm trying to be able to machine sew veils without it looking quite so machine-done - I am SOOOO tired of rolling hems by hand!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Doggie Sushi Costume on: April 24, 2006 09:42:44 PM
I read somewhere on here about someone who had created a sushi costume for a pug, and that link is dead even if you register for the site, so I here's my own version! (Success, a pic!)
 Thanks to my sweet little Washy dude for being such a good sport about modelling  Wink

I took a free vest pattern from somewhere by doing a google image search, then just added.  The salmon has the fat stripes just from a short but wide zig zag, and that got put over some foam and sewed on.  The rice grains are actually packing peanuts - I highly recommend finding some of those figure eight type peanuts, taking the ones that don't have holes in them, then cutting them in half to sew on.  The type of styrofoam for those peanuts is much less crumbly than the others I tried, and vaguely rice shaped when cut. 

I didn't get the chance to finish putting on the rice (the contest was starting! what a stage mom I am)and I think there ought to be some type of piece around the shoulder just to make it look more like the right shape, but other than that I was quite pleased with the results, and he won first place in the costume contest!  What shall he be next year???
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / In need of a doggie coat pattern - like a real suit coat w/ collar on: April 12, 2006 10:32:18 PM
Help! I am in urgent need of a pattern or tips on cutting one for a suit jacket style coat for my dog - I'm in the midst of making him a pimp costume, so it needs to have a collar to it.  (He's got a lovely pimp hat already!)  He's in a costume contest next weekend, so even if I wanted to buy a pattern it wouldn't get here in time - I'm in Peru... I've tried making a muslin mock-up but it just doesn't seem to fit quite right.  Thanks for any help you could give!

...oh and just as a preemptive strike since I've been reading a post or two disparaging dog clothes and costumes on here, he really does like wearing shirts and stuff, even when we'd throw a people shirt on him or something he'd never even try to bite at it or take it off, but he sure smiled a lot!  A silly costume is no more deameaning to him than a silly costume on me is demeaning to me... people do worse to their kids on halloween. That, and around Lima, people will actually yell at you if you're walking your dog, even if it's a siberian husky or whatever, in the winter WITHOUT a coat or sweater of some kind.  And it only gets down to 50s or high 40s at the coldest of times!  Seriously even the street dogs will get an old t-shirt or something.  Funny how differently people can perceive things, huh?  Sorry just had to get that off my chest.
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