More on Hackable Art

Decor8 has a big comment discussion on DIY Is Not Duplicate It Yourself!  

Those of us who are creators see this discussion pop up over and over and over. It's worth reading the comments because their are some incredible stories being shared. And the discussion reminded me of a post I wrote a while ago....

Is Your Art Hackable?  It's worth reading today again for me.

Those of us who are creators need to pay attention from our side as well. How can we be more creative so that our work is less likely to be copied?

Do you think using another person's work as a creative jumping off point dilutes your own creativity and uniqueness?

I'm off on "mom" errands but this is definitely what I'll be thinking about while I navigate my mini-van during back to school shopping...


Mary Ann Tate said...

I'm fairly new at doll making and I have used patterns from other doll makers. I always give credit to them because they have done the work not me. Quite a few doll makers have very distinctive styles and if you have been around the doll world for awhile you can tell if someone is copying their work...well at least I can:) It really ticks me off when I see work that is obviously a copy and the maker doesn't acknowledge that they are copying another's work. I personally think they are letting themselves down because someone always knows so what are they gaining? Their credibility certainly must not mean much to them.

Dixie Redmond said...

Hi, Mary Ann, I think after a while ideas go viral and then you can't tell who is doing what. For instance, is steampunk someone's particular style or is it part of a larger movement which people incorporate into their art?

I was just looking in Art Doll Quarterly and noticing that two doll makers have a very similar style.

I sometimes see people offer Izannah dolls for sale and I can tell by the foot shape that they used my free pattern yet give no credit for it. I think people sometimes think that because something is offered for free they don't need to give credit.

Dixie Redmond said...

I think there is another piece to this and it's how artistis influence each other and also discover some things at the same time. For instance Picasso and Braques both invented cubism together. They spurred each other on. The Impressionists were a group of artists exploring similar concepts.

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden