Thursday, February 17, 2011
Man, it never ends. I have blogged before about how much I loved the fairy doors I have seen (and bought) over the years from Monkeytail and Wellington, who unfortunately have now closed the doors on their online store earlier this year, but you can still find their gorgeous doors from their new store on etsy.
(I have to point out that I do not know the makers either!)
I was quite disturbed to see yesterday on a madeit newsletter, an almost identical product. These doors are also gorgeous. The door designs are a little different, but the photography is a complete rip-off as is the descriptions they used to described their product.. If you didn't know that Monkeytail and Wellington (an Australian brand also) existed, you would probably not know about the complete dodginess of it all.
The whole thing depresses me terribly and I hate seeing something pop-up, so closely inspired by, if not completely copying an existing maker. We have all seen it before and obviously it happens far too frequently - it's like there is a dearth of creative minds or originality. I personally am of the belief that copycats do not prosper - they can't - they lack the creativity and dynamism to progress and flourish.
To be honest, there are parts of being an online handmade retailer that I don't enjoy - and this is one of them. Georgie Love is and has always been a labour of love and passion - it's goal was never to make oodles of money (cause lordy, I certainly don't), but to support, encourage and promote handmade makers in Australia, which I remain committed to. The community and market has changed though - it's certainly bigger and a lot more people are having a hand in making and trying to run a successful creative business, which is wonderful. There are creative, talented people getting the recognition and support they deserve, I am wholeheartedly for all for that.
It is not however as fun and rewarding as it used to be - people's motivations have changed, people are less nice perhaps or maybe more cynical. There is less joy in the art of simply making. Or maybe I am more cynical, having seen so much change and a fair bit of ugliness. I don't know what the solution is.
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