5/02/2011

Would You Like One?


I was sent a nice email by a reader (Dawn) informing me that "my" fluffy light is now being sold on Etsy.  I'm not sure if she thought I needed to know that someone was ripping off my light or not (which is actually very kind, and thoughtful of her.)  But, the funny thing is ... this isn't "my" light.  Or, anyone's really.  I found the idea from another blogger, as well as also seeing a wreath done in a similar way before that.  I took what I saw and tweaked it to suit my aesthetic ... crumpling was not my thing.  I felt it looked messy, and then, there was the massive proportion that I undertook. 

I think that for the most part there is "nothing new under the sun."  As bloggers we all learn, and borrow from one another, evolving the idea along the way (giving credit, where credit is due, of course.)   I would be ego-centric to "claim" this idea as my own.   If someone was using specific pics (taken by me) of my work and claiming it as theirs...yes, now that may be different.  But, I just think, if someone else wants to make something similar to this light, that has been done often already, and sell it.  Have at it.   I sure don't want to.   What do you all think about this...or am I opening up a big ol' can of worms?

So, with that ... I say, if you can't beat them, join them.  Above is the fluffy light in question (albeit, quite a bit smaller than mine.) Below, are several of their other lights.  All found here.





14 comments:

Cara said...

these are all awesome! perfect for a loft or apt :)

Cheri said...

Hey girl! Thanks for the link love! I completely agree with your post! Miss you!

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

I love your light and these other ones are all very fun- the spiky
2nd one is very cool!

Danika Herrick said...

I'm with you. The beauty of design is the evolution & reinvention of an idea. Its kind of like a creative spark with a tweak, and hey, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery! these are very cool too.
Still impressed with your gigantic one and the amount of stealth patience you had!

Brittany {Gallery No. Eight} said...

I definitely agree. We all take ideas from here & there and make them our own. That's what design is - you take inspiration and create your own thing.

Lindsay @ A Walk in the Closet said...

I really like your approach to this. I have to admit, I'm a little turned off when I see bloggers getting all bent out of shape over a DIY concept that was "theirs". I think Danika above said it perfectly. That reinvention and evolution is exactly what is so great about DIY. To claim ownership over a idea, even if it really did originate with one person, seems counter to the very nature of it.

If someone wants to make money from it, then so be it.

Karen said...

I completely agree with you. Every idea has evolved from another. Once you put your hands and creativity to it, it becomes yours.

Mik said...

I like the fluffy light, our grand daughter who lives with us would love it in her room.

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

I agree...it is really tough to find a truly unique idea and the best thing about the blogosphere is that we have access to everyone else's genius! I love that I get good ideas that I can do myself and put my own little spin on them...great DIY lighting, btw, they are fabulous!

The Sister Sophisticate said...

To me design is evolution! I always like to think about how to approximate something I have seen and fell in love with into a room! Love these fixtures, and I go nuts for anything out of the norm!

jessicarsommer said...

Ahhhh tricky right?
Unfortunately I think you do just have to go with the ...'copying is the highest compliment' type of reaction. Getting frustrated or annoyed only effects you. To be fair... I found this lamp long ago via your site! But there are always copy cats. I've had this happen so many time before. Imagine my glee when I walked into my interior architecture final presentation with a glossy intricate model build of clear, frosted, and coloured acrylic. I'm brilliant! It had never been seen at my school! lit with an LED light, layers of transparency paper....Ooohhs and Ahhs all around.

Imagine my sadness when 47 people marched into THEIR senior show with acrylic models (probably an improvement on mine... the first...). Sighhhh. Years later I havent forgot. But heyo, can you imagine making crumple lights for a living???? Shoot. After the first one I think I'd retire :)

xoxox!
Jessica Rae

Anita said...

I think there's a distinction between a design evolution and a knockoff. I have no problem with my design inspiring the evolution of a new product, but I have different feelings about the knockoff. For the consumer, the knock off is wonderful. It lowers the cost and makes the design accessible to more people.

For the designer it's not so great. A knockoff of your light fixture isn't a problem since you're not selling it and it was an evolution of another design anyway. But a new design can take a lot of time and experimentation...lots of trial and error. If I design and sell a product and then someone else starts selling pretty much an exact copy for less, it would piss me off since I invested a certain amount of time and effort designing it in the first place.

If the lampshade fits blog discusses something similiar, but with a small retailer having their design ripped off and mass produced by Restoration Hardware. It's a shame, but that's life I guess.

heather caroline said...

Just discovered your blog recently, and it has quickly become one of my favorites. LOVE your light. Love it.

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

All fabtastic!

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