(PAPAYA! designs on the left knock offs to the right.) I've been debating sharing this or not but I feel since most of you are artists and designers that this is good for us all to see. I have always assumed that fellow artists and designers would have a mutual understanding and respect for the creative process. But we are learning that isn't always the case. I have always maintained a "there's-enough-for-everyone" mentality. And to squabble about where inspiration arises from seems a waste of time. But today I am seeing what I have heard about thanks to people looking out for us in the UK. The second company to knock off my designs. I haven't even seen them all yet (there's more! and yes they also have glitter details & a sleeve) but I'm shocked to see a professional company who employs designers and works in the same industry as we do would be so blatant for what must only be a buck.
The part that gets my panties in a bunch is that when we began PAPAYA! faced a lot of criticism. In some ways we where before our time and people said we would never make it with our weirdo designs and mixed media feel. Some asked me what drugs I was on while working trade shows. The offenses where there- but we believed in what we where offering (and still do.) I guess for a company to now profit from the path we've laid upsets me. Where where they when we had to educate the public (and the buyers) about art for arts sake and that paper companies needn't follow the traditional format? That people can connect with imagery for the sake of impact etc. And where where they when we lived in a tiny apartment sleeping between boxes of inventory and staying up all night for years designing hundreds of images and glittering by hand until we couldn't see anymore with nothing more than elbow greese?
But regardless of where they where. They are here now. Lets keep our fingers crossed that there won't be gobbs of designers with hungry mitts in the future.