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April 07, 2010


Ronda Corey

We live and learn, and learn to love. Kharma, sweet, sweet Kharma. Things have a way of working themselves out. Good luck and all my best wishes, Love, Me

sonya paz

Hey Michelle - I truly understand your frustration this happens to me too and the volume of this companys repros unnerve me to all ends.

Whats truly KILLS me on this photo is that there is a sign posted for "no photography" ...um... hello, what???

I hate when others say "flattery is a compliment" but I see this as a sad horrible ripoff.

I too would have my attorneys on this.

sonya paz

Hey Michelle and others here on this thread. It does not matter one bit if you post photos to your site or not, publish images in a catalog or blog about your product and it is most likely NOT a leak in the factory.

If the person really wants to steal your designs or look they will BUY YOUR products - take it to a factory and copy. It is as simple as that.

It does not matter to the person who is sealing, they get the product however they can, they find a way to do it.

Unfortunately, US copyright laws do not allow you to trademark or copy a "style" only the exact artwork or product. The inspired theory is a fine line - all they need to do is change up something slightly and viola. It's Done.

This has been going on for decades, large manufacturers like Gucci, Prada, Coka Cola, the large manufactuers have legal teams JUST to coonquer these types of fraud. It's very sad and hurtful.

I have dealt with this more times than I wish to say and have to come to my realization that your clients and customers will know what is true and ethical.

((getting off soapbox now))....


I hate seeing this. How anyone can sleep at night when they steal total ideas and can't even strain enough to SLIGHTLY make it look more original is BEYOND me!!! It makes me so mad. As an artist myself I know how hard I work on my little things I make I'd be fuming if someone copied them. *hugs*

Anne Leuck Feldhaus

So sorry to hear this Michele, I've run into it myself, but of course not to this degree. Trust in the karma and I would tell you to look for that silver lining, but you instinctively do that, which I love about you!


I don't even know what to say.. I'm so sorry you have to deal with this. Sending hugs!

Kimberly Kelly Santini

Imitation is the highest form of flattery, although it's a bitter pill to swallow. This is what I learned when confronted with a similar situation:

You are defined by so much more than your work - relish in that. And, you have the power to raise the bar and create anew, while all these other lame-os can do is continue to copy and fall short.

Sending you some virtual chocolate to commisserate over. Karma seals all fates, but in the meanwhile, some of us develop more character.


Michelle, no worries, that's called Karma and they will pay one way or another...your art is unique, you transmit your energy in every piece and that cannot be copied. Keep doing such and inspiring work, art that comes from the heart stays for ever, knock offs come and go...!!!!!

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  • hi and welcome!!! i'm so glad you're here! my name is michelle. i'm blessed to be a wife (to gary) of 18 years and a mom of two girls; alexis(16) & jess(11). i've been a full time artist for 15 years. i made my start at Portland Sat. Mkt. and art fairs around the country, and then headed into wholesale shows when our oldest began school. i love ART-ing, art journaling, running, cycling and downing junk food!
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