February 18, 2010

Timing is everything!!!

I was just reading Andrew Thornton's blog  post about the theft of his designs and low and behold what should show up in my mail box today but this image on the backside of a catalog from Fire Mountain Gems...



which looks amazingly like this...



If my 4 year old can see it "Mama! It's your bead!" then I'm thinking others can as well! I've seen this happen to other artists. I guess it's my turn. I should feel flattered that Happy Skull here is worthy of thievery. I've made a call...

14 comments:

Lorelei said...

hrmph!
those.
bastards.


the last three letters of the verification word is appropriately S. O. B.

Gaea said...

Can you believe it?!?

Janet said...

I mean how Obvious!! The skull is exactly like yours! No Mercy. Thats good you made the call!

SummersStudio said...

OMG, I can not believe this. Please do let us know how this comes out. Thieving bastards. And yes, I can see it just as well as a 4 year old. Incredible and many unpublishable expetives.

TesoriTrovati said...

Seriously? Is there no shame? I am sending you sunny wishes for brighter days.
Enjoy the day!
Erin

Sabine Brunner said...

Wow this is unbelievable, I am shocked! Please keep us posted...

Indian Creek Studios said...

yours are noticably nicer though!

Vintage Blue Studio said...

Bleh! We all know yours are the original and the best. You know, I saw some mass produced beads at Michael's that looked like Marsha's... no one is safe!

Joelle said...

Who would want those weak-looking fakes? Pleh to them! Plus 1000 points to you because your playlist is providing me with some much needed Tom Petty love right now. XOXOXO

Rebecca said...

I've purchased from your Etsy store before and your products are quality. I received my FMG catalog the other day and saw this cover and thought these pieces looked funny. They reminded me of some mold pressed ice cream that had melted.

Marsha Neal Studio said...

I will be emailing you my lawyer's info... I've had some knock off pieces showing up at shows, some big name arts & craft stores, and as necklaces in FMG now too. I have been receiving emails about the FMG catalog, but have not gotten my hands on the catalog yet...

It just makes your heart drop out of your chest to see knock off pieces...

It's ridiculous how many artists are being knocked off recently!

Gaea said...

Hi Marsha! Thank you! Melanie also sent some great info, the more the merrier! What is the deal with FMG? I was in Michaels and saw clear knock offs of Melanie and YOU! UGH! We really need to tell the public where it's at!

Gaea said...

Thanks for all the great comments! I have to say I was mildly amused by it but know that it will not be the first or last time this happens to me or other artists! Rebecca! Melted Ice Cream! You are too funny! Joelle! I will always have your back with some Tom Petty love!

Marsha Neal Studio said...

Glad Melanie got you the info... She is the one that got me in touch with the lawyer - we're going to be keeping her quite busy I fear...

Whenever I go into any of the craft stores around here anymore, I've always got my eyes peeled for knock offs... Such a shame that they just don't work out a deal with artists to come up with an original line for them or something! Hopefully our front of artists making a stink about this kind of crap will help...