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DIY does not mean Duplicate It Yourself [Apr. 3rd, 2010|07:18 pm]
Why not?
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i haven't read the comments on this post yet, but i realized in my zest to write my own response i was writing an essay, so i'm doing it here instead!

this is actually the second time my blog run has brought up the topic, http://www.outsapop.com i can't find it anymore but you should be reading this one anyway if you like fashion :P

as a budding artist myself i find inspiration online all the time, and sometimes there are artists who's vision is so in tune with my own that i mourn the fact that they got there first. of course i always absorb what i see and as the saying goes, no art is created in a vaccum, but for me, it is VERY EASY to determine what is okay and what isn't. you can draw inspiration from a work, in terms of materials or techniques used, or imagery, or theme or message. but there should always be some variation, your own unique style, or at least a color scheme change, this is the MINIMUM if you are using it for your own personal use. but if you intend to take credit creatively, or try and sell something, you better make DAMN SURE that your work is far enough away from the inspiration that the ORIGINAL ARTIST THEMSELVES wouldn't think you were ripping them off. as an artist this seems pretty straight forward. I know, from my own work, how much time and thought goes into something, and if *i* feel icky about something, i change it again and again until it's mine, and sometimes you have to riff off of someone to find your legs.

THAT SAID i have NO idea how you go about asking someone to make a perfect copy of someone else's work. i mean, INSPIRED BY i have no problem with, i've done that. and i mean, if you were going to buy something awesome and pretty, wouldn't you WANT to tweak it to your own personal tastes anyway? it's almost incomprehensible to me. why copy exactly? it's...such a lack of creativity not to mention morals. i'm really upset that this is actually happening either pay the original artist for their time and effort, or mix it up enough that it's your own.


[User Picture]From: liliuokalanii
2010-04-04 01:15 am (UTC)
This is an interesting issue. I am looking at it from a clothes/accessories standpoint. If I find something I like and can make it myself for my own personal use at a cheaper price, I don't really see a problem with that. For example, I really liked this fascinator: http://topsyturvydesign.com/catalog.php?item=76&catid=5&ret=catalog.php%3Fpage%3D2%26category%3D5
But $89 for a fascinator is ridiculous. So I made one similar to it for about $5. Talk about an absurd price difference. Mine is plain red leather, the heart shape is outlined in red rhinestones, and it doesn't have the arrow going through it. It isn't exactly the same but pretty similar.

Another situation where I think it is ok to duplicate another person's work is if they won't make it for you. For example, my friend Mary has had her heart set on a particular wedding dress for several years. The designer has stopped making wedding dresses, which means she can't buy it. She has contacted the designer and the lady won't make it. If Mary has her mom and grandmother reproduce the dress, I see nothing wrong with that.

If you try to reproduce someone else's work for a profit, that's pretty crappy. Not everyone can afford the high prices of designers though, so if someone possesses the skill to make something they really like at an affordable price, I can't really fault them.
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[User Picture]From: funkyfairy23
2010-04-06 12:50 am (UTC)
i agree, if you can't get the original designer to make it, then i see no issue with recreating it yourself.

i dunno if you read the comments on the article i linked to but one of them brought up a really good rule of thumb, if you change 7 things about a design then it's your own
and i think that pretty much covers it
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[User Picture]From: nemoid
2010-04-04 01:49 am (UTC)
There's something about copying something trying to be "offbeat" that makes me respect someone less. Kind of like "indie rock" as a genre you can find on giant corporate record labels.
Most people don't want to think, they don't know HOW to be creative, and they have trouble empathizing with humans in general, let alone artists. (Geeze, is this the negativity-obsessed Charles from five years ago??? IDK!)

Typical weddings are a giant part of Anti-Charles culture. I recently found out that white wedding dresses are a modern invention. I've heard of people who feel they need to take dancing lessons because their first dance is "supposed" to be special. These sorts of things are such vacuums of creativity IMO. If I was having a wedding I would want BLACK and DISCO BALLS and LASERS with FOG MACHINES and a DJ playing either CRAZY 1950s ROCKABILLY or SCARY INDUSTRIAL BEATS.
Um, in short: I'm not a wedding person so I don't have much relevant to say? But I like rambling on other folks LJs, clearly. :P
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[User Picture]From: xsimplylizx
2010-04-07 05:37 am (UTC)
i feel like you would like this site youthoughtwewouldntnotice.com

not just posting "they did this" they try to get results i think.

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[User Picture]From: funkyfairy23
2010-04-10 02:22 am (UTC)
yeah i've seen that site before, it makes me warm and fuzzy :)
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