When we were recently down at the Bellevue Festival of the Arts, I was, as always, struck by the talent and artistry of the participants.
But, this time, for the first time, I was aware of the number of booths where they had large, glaring “NO PHOTOS !!!” signs.
I can understand if someone has a painting, or a photograph, that they may not want someone to be able to go to the local photo lab, and create a copy of their image… but I saw these signs also in booths with Furniture, Ceramics, Jewellery, Hats and other goods.
On the OTHER hand, I came across Greg Delaney.
His whimsical brooches, sculptures and whatnots were fun, enchanting and frivolously captivating.
He puts his stuff online, writes a Blog, and allowed me to take his picture, while he was working on his product:
(The quality of the photograph, is a result of my Blackberry, and not a reflection of his work !!!)
He appeared to be secure in the knowledge that anyone taking a photo would not “steal his soul”, even though he seems to inject a little bit of himself, into every piece he makes !
You can click to read his Blog, The Daily Delaney, here.
You can also see some of his wares on another website he has… http://sites.google.com/site/gregkevindelaney/
It struck me as a massive insecurity on behalf of the OTHER artisans, that anyone taking a picture, could draw up the resources, bypass the development process and produce a product comparable to theirs.
I looked at the whimsy and fun he injects into his pieces, and while someone may try to imitate him, he alone can create the pieces you find on his site.
Similarly, My Sister-In-Law Shelley, has made up a number of pieces of jewelery, and posted them on the web.
Part of their charm… (IMHO) …is the stories she creates for each item: http://www.ShelleyWoodin.com/
In today’s marketplace, I believe that the true artists have to embrace the opportunities that the Internet and Social Media afford them… to reach a larger market, and not be afraid that someone… somewhere… might be able to make a copy of their idea.
Kudos to Greg and Shelley for having fun, and fearlessly putting their stuff “out there” !!!