Friday, January 25, 2008

Knocked Off Again

Getting knocked off is a fact of life, I keep telling my kids when they complain of being copied by each other in their art work. I tell them there's no way of preventing it and not much can be done about it. I tell them to see it as a 'good' thing...their art is good enough to 'inspire' others. They don't seem to buy that much though.

I come across lots of this in my work too. I don't get as steamed as most people I know when this happens. I am actually flattered most of the time, aside from feeling disgusted, that is. Another thing that happened besides getting knocked off is appearing on eBay as a fake. A seller posted a wire wrapped ring and claimed it was an Anne Maa Design designer ring and included a link to my site. I showed it to my kids to prove this happens to adults in the real world too. That didn't seem to help in lessening their frustration when it happens to them either.

Recently the supplier I've been getting my raw chunky stones from for my last 2 collections proudly showed me the ring he had made in his native Uruguay. It was a knock off of my ring (the stone were from him) that I showed him months before. Since I was very picky and specific on the stones and what I needed them for only a small amount of what he supplied met my requirements so I was instructing him on what type of stone I was looking for. He went on to ask if I'd mind if he made my Amethyst Stalactite Ring and sold them in other states so as not to take business from me. Sadly, my understanding of how these things worked made me not bother to put up a fight. Also knowing that the knock off would not be something I'd buy and that there's nothing I can do if he were to do it behind my back. I told him to go ahead. My comfort in a situation like this is always that I will be onto my next thing in no time. I am already done with the designs he is copying.

Here is his copy of my ring. The one he saw and knocked off was the cast ring with prongs that was not online and I didn't take pictures of it before it was sold.

I am currently working on the Spring Collection and and having lots of fun exploring new areas.


Anonymous Yazmin said...

Sorry to hear about your knock off Anne. I know that even with the best attitude, it can tend to get to us. Even if ever so slightly.

I guess what matters really is how you direct the energy the copy is making in yourself. You could stew about it, as you said many do, or you could use it as a drive to create new once again.

It's a hard concept to learn. Clearly, you have a hold of it. I hope your kids can "get it" soon too, for their emotional health. :)

January 31, 2008  
Blogger city pretties said...

We all know, as adults, that the proclamation, "imitation is the sincerest of flattery" is no less a balm to our creative egos now than it was when we were kids, so I don't blame your children for not being comforted by it. But as you say, fighting it is pretty useless.

I'm sorry for you, but you've really been more mature about it than I ever would!

And maybe it's not any consolation, but your ring is far superior to the copy in design and craftswomanship.

Your work is exquisite.

February 01, 2008  
Blogger Anne said...

Hey, thanks ladies! This inspires a post...

February 12, 2008  
Blogger WendyB said...

Good lord, I hope you're not working with this asshat anymore. What kind of supplier is so stupid that he'd want to lose your business by knocking you off? I'd wash my hands of him stat, and tell as many of his customers as I could.

April 01, 2008  
Blogger Anne said...

asshat...I could use that in front of my girls! Yea, I can get back to talking the way I want before they came along. Thanks Wendy!

April 01, 2008  

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