I made the first 2 photos of my daughter on April 2012, exactly a year ago. Both pictures were loaded onto my personal portfolio in Internet where I offer my services as a free-lance children accesories designer, and several months later they were loaded onto my instagram account @regina_rangelm
Today I saw this image below and I felt that an idea was stolen from me! This is a photo from the new add-campaign of DVF new SS2013 collection at GapKids.
I had some mixed feelings about this, on one side I felt proud - Yeah!!GapKids got inspired by my work!- and on the other side I felt something like betrayed by this new society, where the people with talent and ideas are at home writing blogs about their passions and without work, and certainly are not paid by Mega Coorporations for their ideas.
It may be just a coincidence….. or not!
So GapKids….. if you like something you see, make me part of your work force. I am avaliable!
19 april 2013 ——— 13:47
Discussing about this post with the blogger from Kickan & Conkers (http://kickcanandconkers.blogspot.it/) something emerged that I would like to share with you:
1. I myself got inspired by the image of Zoe de la cases’ (http://shop.zoedelascases.com/) of the girl with the little bird on the head to create this set of portraits that I made for personal uses for my little girls bedroom, I want to point out that first of all I did not know who’s it was, I had seen it in a picture of a bedroom, and that is why I had not given her credit and second this was the reason why I had not made them public on my blog or pinterest, because I did not feel it was the right thing to do. Anyway I believe the big difference is that I am not cashing in on someone elses work and ideas.
2. I also want to point out that what bothers me is not this little incident, what bothers me is the general picture. I used to work for a Mega Coorporation where “getting inspiration form internet and from things allready made” was a must, one as a designer could not propose something that was not allready made and was allready working on the market. This is killing creativity at it’s core and killing it from the ones that have the power and money to support talent, and instead of investing on people they kill their creative souls.
I also wanted to open a debate on the limits between getting inspiration and copying, where one end’s and the other one begins? ….. once someone told me that for an object there had to be 7 differences …. example…. a bag could have the same shape but diferent color, material, size, metal accesories, stitches, linning, price and you could not call it a copy!
What do you think?