Monday, July 18, 2005

Designs and things

I didn't bother trying to insert these pictures down farther into the text. For some reason, if I try to type some, and then insert an image, it always pops up above the typed area anyway. It is too much trouble to upload to photobucket just to put the html link in my post.

Anyway, we met our friends at Quaker Steak and Lube, the restaurant that I told you about. thefirst photo shows my view from above my head. A full sized car hanging on the wall above my head front bumper down. Something disconcerting about looking up to have a car bumper in your face. The second photo is the wall opposite where we were sitting in. It is the Corvette room. There is a full size car on the wall above the tables.. and another vintage Corvette on the lift at the top of the picture. If you're into cars and motorcycles, this is the place to be.

I have been thinking about sharing original designs with others. I am working on that pineapple mini. I would like to get it juried in to a large show. Maybe Paducah if I could only dream. I like for others to see what I am doing, but I am getting increasingly paranoid that my ideas will be stolen before I can even get them in a show. I have stopped putting whole quilts on my webshots, if it is something that I want to enter in a future show. I know many quilters, including myself, are inspired by looking at other quilters work. But there are many out there that steal your ideas. Of course if I was Carol Fallert, or Diane Gaudynski, Ricky Tims or any other famous quilter that has stamped their style on the quilting world, I wouldn't worry as much about it because a learned person would look at it and see it was a copy of an award winning style or quilt. But, when I put hours into drafting a pattern, planning the colors, making a piece, the last thing I want is someone to come and make a copy of my work. What do you think? Please feel free to comment. I know that many of you are very generous regarding your work. But do you hold back on that special piece?


Debra Spincic said...

I don't worry about anybody stealing my designs. . .most people don't "get them" anyway & I don't think they would put the amount of effort into them that I do. Most of my work is fairly personal and I have fabrics from all over and it would be pretty difficult to reproduce them. But, if you are working on something that is just short of traditional, then I think people can and will copy it.

I personally am not interested in doing something that I think someone else has done. I don't want a CBF look alike piece so I try to avoid any recognizable style and have been concentrating on developing my own style (or lack of style, as some may think).

I think once you begin developing a body of work that speaks to the same style than it is easier to say that particular style is yours. If you look at CBF's work, you can see her style. But, if everything you make is different, then do you have a "style" or not? I think that might be an interesting question too.

I'll be curious to read what others write on this idea.

Rian said...

I thought about that too when I was making Flamenco! for the Hoffman Challenge. What if somebody took my idea and did it better than me?

I decided not to worry about it because, in the whole scheme of things, it really didn't matter.

I believe that we often get inspiration from other art. Whether it's from The Universe, Mother Nature, or a human, the world is our muse. We may see something in a design that captures our imagination and we expand that in another direction. It's evolution.

The guy that did the first fresco on Crete got upstaged when someone else came along and did one, but over time artists learned from each other and figured out how to achieve depth and perspective as ideas and techniques evolved.

I agree with Debra about the body of work and style, however, everything I do is different. I enjoy learning and trying new things. Maybe a definitive style will emerge, but maybe not. And that's okay. It's all part of my personal evolution as an artist.