Monday, August 6, 2007

Theft -- I am on my soapbox!

A tough subject. But I want to let everyone out there know that there are people who think it is OK to steal the artwork of others. Artwork that the artist has spent hours designing and then creating. It is a personal piece of work for the artist and to have it stolen is to steal the artist's creation and part of his or her soul. How can anyone who steals from others continue to live with themselves?

Earlier this year I took this Father's Day accordion book into Mystic Paper as a class sample. About two weeks before the scheduled class, the book disappeared. The shop was thoroughly searched and the book did not turn up. So someone put it in their purse, pocket or bag and took it home. And what for? Did they want to copy it? Did they want to give it as a gift? How awful is that?? -- to give something you stole as a gift? Did they want to submit it as their own work for publication? If you should see this Father's Day book anywhere or see it published in a magazine, I wish you would let me know. I want to be able to embarrass the thief as much as possible. I want to let people know that the person who gave it as a gift or submitted it for publication as his/her work is a liar and a thief. I am appalled that anyone could do such a thing.

I am always willing to sell a piece of my artwork, with few exceptions. All a person has to do is ask.

1 comment:

Chia said...

I'm sorry this happened to you. I've been lucky and have only lost one card over the years. I know we all love to handle the samples and get a good look at them but sometimes I think the stores should keep them in a display case. Once in a while the ones that don't get stolen end up looking overly worn from all the loving hands.