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Sunday, October 14, 2012


King Solomon said this a few thousand years ago in the book of Ecclesiastes and it's confirmed (although less elegantly) in a brilliant book I just read entitled STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST by Austin Kleon.                      

Pablo Picasso said, "Art is theft."

T.S. Eliot wrote  "Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different."

Albert Einstein said, "The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide you sources."

I try not to be inspired by other artists, but rather endeavor to pay attention to my own life experiences and to pay attention to the natural world around me. But, sometimes another artist does something just so COOL, I can't help myself. And that's OK. Maybe it's some shape they've developed or a combination of unusual colors they use that hits me in the face and I want to use that too!

It's when someone copies another artist's work and passes it off as their own that it's not OK.

And the whole point of what King Solomon wrote is don't take yourself so seriously. You weren't the first one to think up your fabulous idea anyway. Don't get upset if someone "copies" you or takes "your idea". And it's OK to look at the work of others and use something they've figured out that hasn't entered your mind yet.


Ariane Mariane - Artiste Textile said...

love your work so much - it's a source of inspiration. Therefore I adore your point of view also!

swanwalk said...

No one can do what you do in the way you do it. Your work is wonderful. Maybe since you don't waste energy thinking about whether someone is trying to imitate you there's more energy to go into your creativity. I loved taking a class from you and learned so much. It would be great to think that now I can do what you do, but I can't. However, because of you I do what I do better. Thank you.

MichelesArtJewelry said...

Well said and oh soooo TRUE!! I love your work Kathleen.

2 Good Claymates said...

My husband has to remind me at times that when someone copies me it is a form of flattery.

As instructors, we also give part of ourselves away by sharing our creativity. When we decide to teach and share our techniques we have to accept the fact that people will copy what we create. Just remember though that no one can create the original in the same way as the original creator.

BluMoon said...

Love your wonderful work Kathleen.
I was once told there is nothing new it has all been done before somwhere; but take inspiration from the world around you and make it your own.
Hope your new year is productive and inspired!

Татьяна Брынцева said...

Я влюблена в ваши работы! Это невероятно красиво и восхитительно!!! Уму не постижимо как вы это делаете. Очень хотелось бы научиться, оказывается я еще так мало знаю про полимерную глину, а думала что все). Как я жалею, что живу в России:( Вы настоящее сокровище!!!

Suzi Campbell Creations said...

Kathleen thank you for posting this...it is something I seem to say every other day of the week, and it is a great way to remind us all that instead of getting overly angsty when this happens - take a step nack - look - learn....then go on and do more things more brilliantly than before.

Your work is unique as well as inspiring..and to me true Art is a way of expression anyway..
cheers from Australia...

SRJdesignsblogspot.com said...

thank you Kathleen. I'd started writing a blog about my journey in to change, because I want to be a working artist. From the start of using polymer clay and seed beads I had copied what others, developed. I'm at a point that I can put my own spin on it now that I have to find my voice. But it's been a struggle to not copy someone work exactly.
I've stop buying magazines so much because I need to learn to do my own thing. So I had the inspiration to Google you and others with the question, "how did you develop your voice and, or style? thanks