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Art By the Lighthouse

Our biggest, and *possibly* last show of the summer is this weekend, in Niagara-on-the-lake, at the Niagara Pumphouse ‘Art By the Lighthouse‘ event. We’ve been busy bees, preparing tons of pieces, particularly sterling silver, for this art show. If you’re in the area, or feel like taking a day trip for the long weekend, come say hi! I’ve looked at some of the other artists in the show and this promises to be a pretty amazing show full of very talented potters, painters, sculptors and, of course, jewellers :) Hope to see you there!

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Jazzing it up this Sunday!

This weekend the Blue Brick will be at the TD Niagara Jazz Festival! This year the Jazz Festival has decided to include an Etsy Market as part of it’s celebrations, and we’re totally thrilled to be included on the list. We’re only there on Sunday, but the entire weekend sounds like a blast. Come by and say hello!

Etsy Market at the TD Niagara Jazz Festival
Sunday, July 26th at the Village Family Stage
11am to 6pm
THE VILLAGE STAGE is located at 111 Garrison Drive, Niagara on the Lake. Google Map.

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Niagara-On-The-Lake Farmers Market, and a Bit of Tourism

This past Saturday Tito and I had a booth at the Niagara-on-the-Lake farmers market. We’re there again this Saturday, and that’s our last appearance at this particular market for the year, so come down and check us out if you’re in the area! The market also features amazing jams and jellies from Gryphon Ridge, organic wines from Frogpond Farm and a host of other deliciousness, including baked goods, a florist and locally grown produce, definitely worth a trip.

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After the show, Kim treated us to a little driving tour of the area, it’s amazing (for a couple of road trippers) how much of it we had never seen.

Before all the erosion brought it to it’s current spot; here is where Niagara Falls used to be:

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This is a giant whirlpool on the Niagara River. I should have taken a panorama to get the entire thing in, it’s huge!

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Of course, we got to spend some time at Kims with her critter collection. This is baby muddy foot:

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And something amorous is going on in the background there…

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Amazing lunch in the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake proper at the Shaw Café followed. Isn’t this place beautiful?

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And finally, back to the big city for some PanAm Games action. Love it!

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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!

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