What is your opinion on the recent explosion of taxidermy? on tumblr it seems like a million girls are buying bones and making simple, generic jewelry. is it affecting etsy sales of larger shops? do you think they should stop, or will they j ust grow out of this phase of liking whats popular? i see alot of copied items all very much similar - what do you think of all this?
I support original art - I fully support anyone who makes quality items with original themes and ideas.
There will always be ‘fads’ and there will always be businesses built around copying the ideas of others - this is just a sad reality.
My shop does consistent, steady business - and I’d like to believe it’s because of good business ethics, quality designs and cruelty free products.
My only wish is that more people would care about WHERE the bones are coming from.. but that’s just me.
You go girl. Currently having a quarter life crisis over feeling like I’m “just another bone jewelry etsy seller”. Must reinvent. Must recreate. Must improve.
It’s so hard not to get discouraged sometimes.. so effing hard…and winter rarely helps.
Spring is coming, things will bloom and ideas will blossom - new ingredients will present themselves and our minds will be awash with creative mojo once again.
Yes, I agree with all the above. Emulation happens so often, on etsy, in galleries, in fashion; everywhere. My attitude about it is something like this….once someone is able to copy or rip-off my design or aesthetic, it’s time for me to change directions, improve, innovate, become technically more advanced and hopefully ascend above the copy-cat crowd. I belieive (hope?) that my audience can tell the difference between quality and ethical craft and a lesser-quality, mass-produced piece of “art” from dubious origins.