Etsy Collaboration

I was cruising Etsy again and came upon the Charm Lady from Saskatchewan, Canada. She takes others’ designs (like Andrew Daniel’s) and transfers them to polymer clay. The charm lady has a great eye and her designs are all hip, colorful and graphic.

I must be late to the party when it comes to charms. Etsy is chock full of great ones. I need to spend some weekend time there to bring my design sensibility up-to-date. Have a sunny, fun weekend.

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  • reply Melanie West ,

    What nifty charms – the Charm Lady sure has a good eye for pattern and color….

    And Ooo la la! Andrew Daniel’s paintings are major cane inspirations! Yikes – I have to go make some canes!

    • reply Kristy ,

      I would never know it was clay! I just wish I was in that class of Clay Artist!

      • reply Gina ,

        I love this etsy shop…very colourful (notice the way I spell colour…also from Canada…LOL!) What a clever idea to do transfers of other artists’ work…good for both parties.

        • reply Cate ,

          “She takes others’ designs (like Andrew Daniel’s) and transfers them to polymer clay.” Which she then sells at her Etsy shop….

          “Takes”?? Hmmm. Does she get permission to use their designs for commercial purposes, I wonder? I am a printmaker and I would definitely not want anyone doing transfers of my designs for sale without my permission! If this is what she is doing, it may in fact be stealing.

          “What a clever idea to do transfers of other artists’ work…good for both parties.” Hardly clever, as it is quite possibly illegal under international copyright law, if done without permission from the maker of the original art, the copyright of which belongs to the artist who created it. And hardly “good for both parties” if only one is making money from an image without having obtained permission from the owner of the image in the first place!

          And to be fair, I’m not saying that she is doing this. I’m just saying it’s unclear whether she is or not, and the onus is on her to make it very clear that she has the permission of the artists whose designs she “takes”.

          I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but just because an image appears online doesn’t mean you can use it for resale purposes. Copyright law is very clear on this. Be careful, and when in doubt, do what all real artists do: create your own designs.

          • reply Sheri ,

            I must agree Cate it is a tragic that so many people feel that if you “get it off the internet” it is ok. “Make it don’t take it” unless the designer of the jewlery is doing this as a joint venture with the artist then she is in fact stealing. It is a “clever” idea just get permission first!

            • reply Karina ,

              I help my cousin sell reprints of his sci-fi fantasy art. I am the only one authorized to do this. About every two weeks, we are having to send a cease and desist letter to someone ripping off his pieces. Someone puts it on t-shirts, pendants–you name it. One guy threataned to break our legs when we told him we would get the law involved if he didn’t stop. Can you believe the audacity?

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