PLEASE - Stamp out COPYCATS - I listened to the Dollmakers
- (Note to Grace - scroll down to Note for Grace Hall)
Dear Art Educators,
Today is a good day to ramble....
The dollmakers are all up in a tizzy....Other dollmakers are stealing their
ideas and copying them and selling them for lower prices on eBay.....and
from what I hear -- they are darned good copies at that! We (art teachers)
need to do out part to stop that kind of activity (smile). You folks will
just have to trust me that this thread came up on Getty list too - archives
are not up to date anymore (actually I am happy for that right now).
Now just smile!....All of you who had your kiddies drawing "The Cat in the
Hat" (in honor of Dr. Seuss) this week have nothing to fear as Dr. Seuss is
dead...and he gives his blessing to have his work remembered....BUT should
he be living? Well...Have the kiddies give the cat a new hat? A hat for
every occasion...for every new task. What kind of hat would he need for
thinking? for mowing the lawn? for making art? baking a pie?..... OR what if
the story had been the pig in a hat? -- or the elephant in a hat? What would
the hat look like then? and how would the story change? OR now extent the
lesson -- what is inside that hat? Draw the cat with what is holding up that
hat. - OR sculpt! waht is holding up that hat (I love Dr. Seuss' sculpture
too). Mine will have one fish - then another fish - then a red fish and a
blue fish (chuckles). I have been on my fish kick again too (Yes, he did
sculpt fish too).
Here is what "Joan" (I am finally Judy again on that list though) had to
say to them:
Laura - thank you for making my Merhorse! but shame
on you for copying my idea (grin). I drew that
Merhorse in 1991 - and made a ceramic version of him,
too...only mine had a horn - so I guess she was a
Merunicorn (smile). Mine had scales on her lower body,
though....so I guess she was different...As you can
tell...I am enjoying the copying thread!... Beasties
was a unit I did with 6th graders - as it tied in
with Middle Ages (social studies curriculum) We
wrote stories about our beasties and their environment
(tying in science too).
The copying thread has been great!...and it is giving
me some good material for the art ed lists.
My advice to anyone who wants to copy - select an
artist who is dead so you do not hurt his/her
feelings. Picasso sure did NOT like it when Roy
Lichtenstein was copying his style! But no one
complained when Picasso did his works inspired by the
masters (only done in his cubism style). Picasso and
Matisse went round and round, too.
Vermeer, Ingres and Van Gogh do not care that this
artist copied their works.
Van Gogh and one other (original artist is on the tip
of my tongue -- I know the original of this inspired
Manet to do his...):
Anyone who wants to copy a living artist had better
ask permission first and get their blessing...or an
awful fate may fall upon them...you never
Those of you are confident in your own work do not
need to worry about copycats. Your work is what is
valued - the original....and what will bring in the big
bucks. My students never tried to copy my art...it was
Hats off to those of you who do well on embay. I spent
some time on the site a couple of weeks ago -- but
only looked at work that was different....there is a
lot of sameness in much of what is there. You do take
a risk of being copied when you put your work "out
One artist we (art teachers) came in contact with is
so uptight about his idea being copied that he will
not even let art teachers show his work to their
students...unbelievable! ...but true. I won't tell you
what medium he works in....just that it is too ironic.
I will never understand how an artist will think a
kid will be able to copy his or her mastery in the
Note to Grace Hall: I talked to one dollmaker about this artist (paragraph
above). First I only told her the medium...She happened to find an article
about an artist (yes, HIM that came across as very pro-Art Education - and
sent me his name.... I directed her to parts of his site (shame on me
because I clearly do not agree with his terms and should NOT have gone to
his site again). I told her how so NOT pro art education he had been with
us - the art teachers - She wrote him a letter! I never did hear back from
him or his agent -- but covered our "As" for Getty should he not like what
he found posted.
Judy Decker - Ohio
Incredible Art Department
Incredible Art Resources
P.S. The dollmakers who are screaming the loudest are making fairies...How
many different ways can you make a fairy?
Honestly - my fairy viewing skills are not so fine tuned that I can tell who
made what. If I wanted to buy a fairy - I would probably buy the one the
cost less money too. I did browse the dolls category one Sunday -- but
skipped all of the fairies. I only looked at dolls that were different. If
the photo had been better - I would have shared a really cool Japanese
Vampire woman with you.....Loved her look and costume. The dollmaker's work
is all very un-doll like (not pretty dolls at all)....But I am sure they all
have great stories to tell.