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The Traditional Canada Day Trip

Things to consider on a trip (in order of importance)

10. Clothes (you don’t realize that you’re down to only 10 pairs of underwear until you have to pack for a 10 day trip).

9. Toiletries etc. (depending on whether you’re driving or flying, and whether you’re going to a place that has access to a convenience store, this can take the place of item 10).

8. Maps. This is always a good idea, right?

7. Extra yarn (don’t want to run out).

6. Did I mention extra needles, notions and a spare pattern or two?

5. Enough active projects to occupy you. I need several. Your mileage may vary.

4. I guess I should mention food here… But see item 9.

3. Did I mention yarn?

2. Yarn.

1. Space in your bags for buying yarn.  

Intellectual Property Theft by Elastoform.

This company (Elastoform) has shamelessly stolen images from my website and blog and are using it to promote their own product. In addition to that, they have stolen my logo form along with the graphic, added their own type to it, and to add insult to injury, they have watermarked the entire thing with their company name. Watermarks are done to prevent others from stealing, so you can imagine how I feel about this.

My original image from my Shopify site

My original image from my Shopify site

Their horribly altered image, keeping my logo form and jewellery and adding their own watermark and text.

Their horribly altered image, keeping my logo form and jewellery and adding their own watermark and text.

The company is in the Ukraine, so legal recourse is basically unavailable. An effort to email them has had no response. I explored the rest of their site and discovered that they also stole this image:

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In addition to my work, I recognized the work of 8 other resin artists that I am familiar with. I have emailed all of them, and they are understandably upset. One of them happened to speak Russian and alerted me to the fact that there is actually an “I stole the photo. What can be done” section on their site:

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So this happens often enough that they don’t care. They put the onus of proof on the victim of the violation. They ask for EXIF data which, because I work with graphics in my day job, I am familiar with, but which I bet very few others are. Furthermore, EXIF data can be altered in any number of ways; they edited my graphics on another machine, the original might be a screen grab, there is metadata removal software etc. The other option is equally absurd – send them an unprocessed high resolution original to prove my ownership? Are you mad? “Here, let me facilitate your theft with a better quality file that you can edit easily” Right.

I’m pretty angry. This is my personal artwork, of our one-of-a-kind creation and our company logo, lovingly made, staged, photographed and processed and it hurts to see it stolen and altered. It is, for all intents and purposes, a photo of us. This is their attitude towards it (taken from the site):

“We would like to draw your attention that according to the user agreement:

«Prom.ua is not responsible for the use (both lawful and unlawful) third party information posted on the website, including reproduction and distribution, carried out both within the portal, and any other means possible.

All the information posted on the portal is considered to be the property of Members to place it as long as there is no reason to believe otherwise. Portal users do not receive any rights to use the information posted by other Users are solely responsible to the owner of the information for its misuse. “

At the same time, all the information contained on this website is owned by the user who posted.

There is an email for reporting abuse of intellectual property rights; abuse@prom.ua which I will be practically spamming until they take my work down. I don’t know if they will listen, and I don’t know what other options there are if they ignore me. If you’re reading this, and you’re one of the other artists who has had work stolen by this website, I encourage you to email the heck out of them as well.

While I was loathe to play into their BS (and I will not be providing EXIF data or high resolution originals) I also submitted their form here for reporting image abuse (Google translate link). Here is what happened when I tried to submit the form:

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So that’s obviously not something they pay much attention to either. The fact that I’m even dealing with this makes me sad and disappointed. This is a disgusting business practice that steals from the talent and hard work of others and it needs to be shut down. I will not drop this and let these people continue to use my work and my logo with impunity. If anyone has any suggestions beyond social media exposure I would love to hear it!

New Shawl Pins at last!

Check out the store today to see our new selection!3V8A5858

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Snapshots of Creativity

It’s one of those weeks where I’ve been very productive, but haven’t had time to shoot anything properly. In lieu of proper posts, I leave you with instagram snapshots of what I’ve been up to :) Have a wonderful weekend!

More etched pieces, I think I'm addicted ;)

More etched pieces, I think I’m addicted ;)

The beginnings of leatherwork. An etched love letter on a copper base.

The beginnings of leatherwork. An etched love letter on a copper base.

My first pair of Hermione's Everyday socks. 10000 Ravellers can't be wrong!

My first pair of Hermione’s Everyday socks. 10000 Ravellers can’t be wrong!

Ollie, the junior foreman, keeping an eye on me.

Ollie, the junior foreman, keeping an eye on me.

Shawl pins, after the metal-smithing and before receiving their patina, flowers and resin.

Shawl pins, after the metal-smithing and before receiving their patina, flowers and resin.

My Magrathea is finally blocking. I cast it on over a year ago, in a Tanis Fiber Arts OOAK that I'd been hoarding forever...

My Magrathea is finally blocking. I cast it on over a year ago, in a TFA OOAK that I’d been hoarding forever…

Red Queen Anne's Lace earrings, on their way to a customer!

Red Queen Anne’s Lace earrings, on their way to a customer!

New Adventures, New Logo

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The Blue Brick is getting a new logo! The blue is fairly obvious, and if you were to see my yarn stash you’d know that turquoise is my all-time favourite, calming colour. The font is a serif, something that feels classic and romantic, much more connected to the type of jewelry that we make than contemporary, modern fonts. The filigree work is a nod to my heritage; my father was born in India and I have always loved having mendhi applies to my hands.

To celebrate our new adventures, our leap into selling our work on a more serious level, and the fact that it’s an actual company and not just a hobby. It’s like getting a new haircut.

Opening Day

The store is open :) Click on the handy ‘visit our online store‘ buttons to visit the Blue Brick’s Shopify site and check it out! If you see something you like, use the coupon code OPENINGDAY at checkout to get 10% off your entire order (expires at midnight EST).

The site is new and I’m sure there will be much tweaking in the near future, so please bear with me while I smooth out the little things, but on the whole I feel quite happy and satisfied with this new adventure. Ultimately I hope to phase out the Etsy site, so even if you’re picking up a pattern, or e-book, I would ask that you use the new online store instead of Etsy.

I’m too giddy to think of much else to say! Here’s a pretty picture :)

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Star Anise Hat, and the First Nice Day!!

Today was gorgeous. A perfect day for a Queen West march and photos of my latest FO – the Star Anise hat by Alice Twain. A completely selfish, instant gratification knit, I whipped this one out in 2 days. I love the way she designed it, and while I didn’t bother with the tubular cast on, and I worked with 3.25mm needles throughout, I can say that the pattern was perfect with no other mods and I love the fit! Ravelry project page here.

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The best way to block a hat!

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I love that you can see Tito taking the picture in the restaurant window.

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It’s all melting… and while I know we will see snow again before Easter, I still love it.

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