Edit: The seller of the original item has NEVER contacted me negatively on this issue, and I wish to clarify this. I respect her and her work. I have been contacted by several other artists regarding this issue, but not she herself and I do not want to shed any negative light on her in any way.
I wrote a post a while back, that I won’t revisit, that displayed what was essentially a copy of a handcrafted item that I wanted for my wedding. I had contacted and followed the seller of said handmade good for about a month with no response, hoping to buy my own, and in the meantime, my gracious friend said that she would instead try to recreate a similar item for me as a gift, since I was having no luck with the seller. I was incredibly touched and what she made for me was incredibly personal, and incredibly meaningful to me, not because of what it was, but because of the love and time that was spent making it for me.
It consisted of fabric, stuffing, a couple golf tees, some wire, and a couple other miscellaneous craft supplies. No pattern was followed, no item was purchased from the original artist and reproduced, it was simply a replicated hand crafted item, from one friend to another, made with love. These items won’t be reproduced for sale, and will never be reproduced again.
I occasionally still receive hate/disgust mail in regards to the fact that my friend made this item for me. Which is perfectly fine, everyone is entitled to their opinion, and as a blogger, I understand that you always open yourself up to criticism with every post, and I welcome honest opinions, as I stand behind and believe in everything I do, and others should be able to freely voice their opposing opinions.
So, here, I’d like to encourage the debate:
DIY brides are inspired at every turn by everything they see: invitation designers, artists, magazines, catalogs, books, and even bloggers here at Weddingbee. As a Bride, when it comes to DIY’ing your wedding, when is it okay to copy something you’ve seen, and when do you cross the line into “ripping someone off”?
Furthermore, as an artist, when you see something of yours reproduced, do you feel slighted? Do you feel that if a bride cannot afford or does not have access to a particular item you sell, should she give up on her dream of having said item for her wedding or is it ok to try to recreate such an item for her personal use?