Sunday, November 23, 2014

Shop update TOMORROW, MONDAY the 24th!

 
The place: Round Rabbit Shop 
The day: TOMORROW FRIDAY, November 24th , 2014
The start time: 12:00 PM EST
Watch the action on Facebook: HERE
 
 First up, I want to thank everyone for their support concerning my copycat issue. The matter has been taken care of and I am very pleased with the outcome. No, the person in question did not do the right thing, but copyright law was on my side and they didn't have much choice in the matter. I really wish this whole situation never had to happen but I don't take being bullied lightly and no artist should. So, case closed. 
 
Let's move on, shall we? First up, shown above, are some watercolor glazed shadowbox beads. They are a pretty good size and will make a lovely focal. 




Rainbow buttons! These are a lot of fun. Glazed on both sides, they would make a great necklace or bracelet closure. 




Snowflake disc beads, glazed on both sides! They will be sold in sets of two. 




Beautiful snowflake connectors. These will also be sold in sets of two. 




I'm really excited about these bead frames! They are about 3/4" square and will also be sold in sets of two. 




Super festive double sided beads! 




And lastly, here is a batch of earrings! 

To recap: 

The place: Round Rabbit Shop 
The day: TOMORROW FRIDAY, November 24th , 2014
The start time: 12:00 PM EST
Watch the action on Facebook: HERE
 
Hope to see you there! 

Friday, November 14, 2014

What does being copied look like?

It's been quite some time since I tackled the ugly topic of copying. I suppose I have developed a tough skin over the years as I have watched my style (a style I have developed over the past 11 years) be appropriated and emulated by many people. What can one do when their style is imitated? Not too much. And I realize this. I also realize that now and then it is possible to make things that look like other's work when that was certainly not the intention. I have been there myself. I have made things inadvertently that are similar to someone else's work because we may have owned the same stamp or used the same technique in exactly the same way. It happens.
 But when someone makes pieces that are identical in every way to mine I am completely within my right to speak up. And when that person has a history of following my work very closely I have no doubt that their actions are intentional. 

Let's take a look, shall we? 


The blue pair on the left were made by me over four years ago. The green pair on the right where made recently by someone who has copied me. Coincidence? I don't think so. You see, this person has a history of closely following my work. She has written to me on two occasions: the fist time she was asking if she could copy a necklace I made since I was no longer selling on Etsy. The second time, which was only in September, was her asking me if I would mentor and give her advice on where to sell her work. She has also very recently purchased from me. I had ignored her in the past, as I do with most people who I feel are emulating my work too closely. I try not to be distracted with such people because it is upsetting to me. It was only by accident when I was looking around on Pinterest the other day that I came across a board that was filled with my jewelry and a photo of my mold making process. Also on that board was the work of someone making pieces that look very much like mine. I clicked and it led me to an Etsy shop where I saw the earrings shown above.

The rest of her shop is filled with jewelry that is very much done in my style. Some of the designs are identical to ones that I have made for years. Since I sometimes use objects that are readily available to the public to make molds I realize that there isn't much I can do when someone tries to do the same thing with it. But when I alter a texture or stamp into something new, something completely my own, I will speak up. And that is what I did. I wrote this person a very calm email asking them to please stop making two designs of earrings that are in their shop. They are even making ear wires that are the same design as the ones I have made for my work for many years. It is painfully obvious that this person is trying to make work that looks just like mine.

What did she say? Nothing. I haven't heard from her but I have heard from her lawyer. You see, apparently it is I who is in the wrong! She hasn't done anything wrong, according to her lawyer, but if I go public with her client's name then I may be sued for slander. So let me get this straight...this person is concerned that if her name gets out as being a copycat it could hurt her business and make her look bad and that would be MY fault. So really, it's my fault that she copied me in the first place, by that logic. 

Anyhoo, a quick look around the internet and I easily discovered that her lawyer is more than just a lawyer. She is good friends with the copycat. She is a potter. And she makes jewelry. And that jewelry looks remarkable similar to my style. Imagine that.
I was pretty amused to discover that this lawyer has a shop on Etsy that I was already familiar with. In fact, I used to think that her shop and the shop of her copycat friend were actually the same person since their styles are so identical and they live in the same city. But nope! Mystery solved. They just work together, share molds, emulate other people's work, have no imagination...

The lawyer said that what her friend did was not copying because she used a brass stamping that is commercially available to make the mold from which the earring pieces were derived. By that logic it could be said that a jewelry maker who buys commercially available beads and findings can copy the work of another jewelry maker simply because they were able to buy the same supplies. We all know that is not true. It's what you do with the materials. And what you do with the materials makes it yours. 

What gets me the most in all of this is the lack of artistic integrity. Why in the world would any artist would want to make things that look just like someone else's work? For the life of me I cannot figure that out. I suppose that is the difference between an artist and someone who simply knows how to make things. 

Back to the issue at hand. This copycat is concerned that I am going to name her publicly and potentially harm her business. I don't need to do that. She has done all the work herself. When she chose to make jewelry that looks identical to mine she opened herself up to being discovered. Anyone who knows my work would spot her a mile away, and they already have. People know who she is without me having to say one word as to her identity. I guess she didn't really think that one out.

All I have asked of her is to remove the two earring designs in question. That is all. Instead of doing that she has gotten her lawyer friend to threaten me and try to make me feel as though I am the one who has done something wrong. What am I hoping to gain from all this? I don't want to sue her. I had no intention of outing her and humiliating her. I just asked that she stop making the earrings in question. But instead she had to have her lawyer friend threaten me. That is not the actions of an innocent person. And I won't be bullied into not defending my work!

One last note, the lawyer has actually given me permission to use her name. Her exact words are: "I am quite comfortable with my situation (sorry, not even a little bit ashamed) and if it makes you feel better, you can use my name and complain about me to whomever you want." 
 Her name is Marsha Taubenhaus.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Shop update TOMORROW Friday, November 7th!


The place: Round Rabbit Shop 
The day: TOMORROW FRIDAY, November 7th , 2014
The start time: 12:00 PM EST
Watch the action on Facebook: HERE

Winter is almost upon us here in upstate NY and to be honest with you.... I am looking forward to it! Call me crazy but I love the colder months here in the Finger Lakes. I don't like it when they last into May...but I'll deal with that when the time comes. For now, I am happy. This update reflects my anticipation of snow with a bit of a winter theme. 

Shown above are some lovely Victorian Snowflake Pendants. Just because Winter is coming doesn't mean I put color away. Never! 




Nice and large ornate shadowbox beads. Hide something special in the secret niche. 




I just love these little guys! Tiny Man in the Moon shadowbox beads. Super cute! 




Snowberry charms. Sold in matching pairs, these are perfect for earrings! 




Beautiful snowflake pendants. The perfect focal for your holiday creations! 




And finally, this time around I have a nice batch of new earrings that I will be putting in the shop during my update. Just in time for holiday shopping! :) 

To recap: 
The place: Round Rabbit Shop 
The day: TOMORROW FRIDAY, November 7th , 2014
The start time: 12:00 PM EST
Watch the action on Facebook: HERE
 
Hope to see you there! 


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Shop Update TOMORROW, Friday the 24th!


The place: Round Rabbit Shop 
The day: TOMORROW FRIDAY, October 24th , 2014
The start time: 12:00 PM EST
Watch the action on Facebook: HERE


 First off let me apologize for a delay in shipping the last update. I managed to get sick and was down for the count for days. All I could do was sleep. And sleep some more. Sooooo, things got delayed. But everything went out either last week or the first part of this week so you should all have your goodies soon! Thank you to everyone for being so patient!

First up in this update are these (above) keyhole pendants. I made the mold for these pieces using a keyhole from my Victorian home. It is also the same mold I used when I designed some hardware knobs for Anthropologie last year. This is the first time I am offering them as pendants! 




Hand-built hollow box beads. DUCKS!! So cute. 




I love the design on these pendants. Almost holiday feeling but not quite. Very vintage and exotic.




 Folk artsy double sided beads.




In an effort to cling, somewhat, to the flowers of warmer weather here are some branch connectors. 




Winter Sky pendants. As much as I love flowers I also love the stark Winter sky. 

To recap: 
The place: Round Rabbit Shop 
The day: TOMORROW FRIDAY, October 24th , 2014
The start time: 12:00 PM EST
Watch the action on Facebook: HERE
 
Hope to see you there! 


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Shop update TOMORROW, Friday October 3rd!


The place: Round Rabbit Shop 
The day: TOMORROW FRIDAY, October 3rd , 2014
The start time: 12:00 PM EST
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 Color, color and MORE color! I can't get enough! These hollow box beads illustrate my obsession. They are a nice chunky size with the design on both sides.




Large Autumn leaves. I slip trailed some fun "dewdrops" on each leaf to give them a nice texture. 




I am really enjoying this long pendant shape. Something a little different. 




Double sided beads in a fun conical shape. 




This is an older, favorite design I haven't made in a while. Very ornate and grand.




Dragonflies! I've had some requests to make them again, so here they are.

To recap: 
The place: Round Rabbit Shop 
The day: TOMORROW FRIDAY, October 3rd , 2014
The start time: 12:00 PM EST
Watch the action on Facebook: HERE
 
Hope to see you there! 


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Shop Update TOMORROW, Friday the 19th!



The place: Round Rabbit Shop 
The day: TOMORROW FRIDAY, September 19th, 2014
The start time: 12:00 PM EST
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 The box beads shown above make me giddy. So colorful and happy! They are a nice size that would work perfectly as a bracelet focal or part of a multiple piece pendant.

 


These pine cone shadow box beads make me happy as well, except for one thing. Because of the way I had to stilt the pieces in the final firing some of them have stilt marks on the back. They are still completely beautiful and functional but they don't meet my high quality standards so instead of being $28 they will be $20. 




It is grape harvest time here in the Finger Lakes region of NYS! In honor of all my hard working friends in the wine industry I have made these grape pendants.




 I'm still making bat pieces as long as it tis the season. I love bats. :) 
These little pendants have an accompanying heart charm. You can leave it or use them separately, whatever your little heart desires.




Printed dog tag pendants. I love this shape and paired with a nice little oval shaped hole I think they look divine. 




Lastly, my effort to glaze pieces laying around my studio for years and years has caused me to go dotty. There are a few butterfly sets and some random pieces all glazed in happy, crazy colors. 

To recap: 
The place: Round Rabbit Shop 
The day: TOMORROW FRIDAY, September 19th, 2014
The start time: 12:00 PM EST
Watch the action on Facebook: HERE
 
Hope to see you all there! 


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Shop Update TOMORROW Friday, September 5th!



The place: Round Rabbit Shop 
The day: TOMORROW FRIDAY, September 5th, 2014
The start time: 12:00 PM EST
Watch the action on Facebook: HERE

 I am supremely happy with the pieces in this particular update! The bears above are my fave! They were a bear to make (haha) but so worth the work. Hollow and colorful... a great focal bead!





 I am also tickled with these hollow acorn box beads. My favorite time of year is quickly approaching and I just love to make Autumnal feeling pieces.





I have used this stamp in the past (it's one of my absolute favorites!) but never in this shape. 





It's also that time of year when I can get away with making bat themed pieces. Yay for bats! 




 I'm really digging these LARGE double sided beads. Star Pillows is what I call them.




Lastly, we have some sweet birdy charms! Sold in matching pairs. Too cute! 

The place: Round Rabbit Shop  
The day: TOMORROW FRIDAY, September 5th, 2014
The start time: 12:00 PM EST
Watch the action on Facebook: HERE
 
Hope to see you there!