when i was in jewelry school, one of .my teahcers told me that if
someone rips your design off adn you don;t have any more creative
ideas, then you shouldn’t be making things anyway.
this works for me to some extent: in the work i really care about, i
find that if someone ripped me off, it would be so obvious that the
person would be embarrassed and would stop once the public that
knows my work noticed. however, if they did rip me off and were far
away, it either wouldn’t matter or i would just be pissed. then i
could move on and start making new things!
i have my work set up so that i can constantly change my designs
while still remaining with my “look”. this allows me to constantly
have design and technical challenges while also allowing my buying
public to not become bored with my work.
i do make lower end items that somehow always end up
trendy…meaning, i somehow am very good at makng things that
become in the general conscious of design. i hate that this happens
to me, but whatever, it does. for example, i have been making alot
of oval shapes for the past few years. suddenly in the last year or
so, i see oval jewelry everywhere! i know it is not because of ME,
but because of the general conscious. so i am now making sure to use
the ovals in my own individual way. i have stopped making the things
that i now see out there on the cheap/general market.
i have a lifetime of making jewelry ahead of me, which to me means
that i have a lifetime of designing and learning as well. how
exciting is that?! there are so many things i want to make, i will
be happy to move on from what i am doing now when the time is right.
i can always design more, push myself more as far as creativity goes
and also as far as technical ability goes.
part of being creative and making things is about letting go. there
is nothing i am so attached to that i couldn’t let it go if someone
else ripped it off. i teach as well, so i HAVE to be able to share
whatever knowledge i have with others and let them use it as they
see fit. this is part of the joy of my job for me: i love to share,
i will teach anyone how to do anything. i feel this is important for
all of us, for in this here jewelry world, there are no secrets. and
in teaching, i always stress that it is important to use skills and
techniques in your own way, don’t copy, be creative and see what YOU
can do with the gathered. when someone does try to copy
or makes something too similar to mine or to someone else’s work, i
always point it out.
my 2 cents.