The ownership and accusation discussion is still attracting a few comments here and there, but has died down for the most part. Because I somehow ended up consumed by this topic again today, I thought I would share with you some links where related observations and conversations have been happening. Just in case you haven’t already had enough, or maybe you wanted to enjoy another perspective with your morning tea (or late night wine cooler), here are some places to check out:
- The comments on this eleven-day-old Polymer Clay Daily post touched on the issues of copyright and altered art.
- This Polymer Clay Central thread, started ten days ago, explores the fear of accidentally copying another’s work from the point of view of a relative newbie.
- Molly posted last week her thoughts about artists developing similar techniques independently of one another.
- Barb had two posts last week which pondered the ideas of inspiration and labels.
- Kim posted today her feelings on the topic from the point of view of an instructor.
And here’s one from just over one year ago, which just goes to show that this has been on the polymer clay community’s mind for some time (and will probably still be an issue down the road): This post from Polymer Clay Daily includes a lively, 30-comment-strong discussion of the topic.
I am alternating between finding this conversation fascinating and exhausting. Tonight, I’m feeling somewhat emotionally and physically spent. I’ve been up into the wee hours of the morning several recent nights, talking about this with Neil (bouncing ideas off of someone not affiliated with the community can be an interesting eye-opener; you should try it), working to craft well-worded replies to those I respectfully disagree with, and just thinking about some of the personal ramifications of this whole experience.
I think what I need right now is to shut down the computer, lay down my head and dream of blue skies, bare feet, and wet summer grass. Maybe all of us who have felt particularly “embroiled” could use a nap and a pleasant dream. To come back to the table in the morning refreshed, revived, and ready to get back to the business of making beautiful things sounds like a worthwhile goal to me.