I've been a long-time fan and promoter of the works of artist Junker Jane. I love her stuff. It's quirky and original and loaded with heart - tons of heart. It's creepy and cute and awesome.
I saw a blog post on her site regarding some individuals recreating her works and selling them as their own designs. Infuriating, and personally staggering. I really don't know why I'm always caught so off guard by someone with artistic abilities ripping off another artist's work. I guess I hold these people to a different set of standards? I guess they're just like anyone else who commits fraud or theft. It's just so blatantly and fundamentally wrong. Like I said... staggering.
Anyways. So I figured I'd do a cursory search on Etsy.com to see if I could find any dolls that resemble Junker Jane's work. I instantly found two. Two sellers whose works came out of nowhere in the last couple months. One of which had a dramatically different style in 2008 only to suddenly start sporting a fresh new style - Junker Jane's. I mean: She went from THIS to THIS.
Love that she addressed this topic on her blog. And I love that these people are getting notified of their immoral acts. I happily fired off some emails to these folks letting them know how I feel about this sort of thing. And letting them know we're all watching.
Here are the two shops:
Come ON. Have some integrity. And get your own creativity. Leave Junker Jane's alone.