Thursday, November 6, 2008

What do you think?

This is my published piece "Love Notes". Just recently Somerset Studios returned it to me. I took the piece to Mystic Paper so that people could see it in person and to help encourage people to buy puzzle pieces to create their own book. I enjoy sharing my work and hope to encourage others to try the techniques and create their own pieces. But my enthusiasm for sharing has been dampened a bit because . . .

While at Mystic Paper today, I noticed that my piece was not on display anymore. When I asked about it, I was told that someone had attempted to steal it!! The piece was tied securely to the display case it was in, but someone felt it was OK to untie it and attempt to leave the shop with it. Thank goodness one of the owners noticed and got the piece back before it was actually stolen. I know nothing of the particulars and don't know who it was that tried to take my piece, but I am angry with that person! You better hope I don't find out who you are!

Stealing someone's work (or anything else, for that matter) is really low. This has happened to me before -- having a piece stolen. This Father's Day book (below) was scheduled as a class, it was in the shop so people could see it, and it was stolen. I had to cancel the class. If I ever see this piece again, I will pursue how it was obtained.

I am reasonable about my work. I enjoy sharing it. If someone is interested in buying my work, I am usually willing to sell it. The prices I ask are reasonable, too. Just ask about it.

So why steal it? That really bothers me.

So, what do YOU think? Let me know.


Susan said...

I am so sorry to hear that someone tried to steal your beautiful book and that someone did steal the other piece! How can people do that? I worked at Recollections until they closed last year and we continually had to tie samples down and lots of them also "walked out." One of these was a beautiful Mother's Day album - can you even imagine someone giving that to their mother after stealing it??!! Our manager wanted to put a sign on the front door with a pic saying "if you get this for M's Day, it was stolen".

Chia said...

I hope the thief was banned from ever returning to the store. They should have given her a choice of being photographed and her image displayed in the store or talking to the police. Stealing art is so low.

sherry said...

Very low and very tacky. I don't know why people think they can just walk away with someone's work. Glad that they caught it in time and you didn't lose it. It is a beautiful piece

Lindsey said...

When I started with the Mystic Paper Design Team Kim had warned us about this, I was shocked! Who would want to take something home that didn't belong to them? What purpose would it serve? What would you do with it?

Anyways, I am sorry someone tried attempting to steal your project. On another note I did get to see it in person before it was taken off display and it did inspire me to buy a puzzle book! Beautiful work as always and congrats on the publication, I don't know if there has been an issue you haven't been published in this year!

Road Trip With Ruby said...

Judy, I am stunned. I guess It never ceases to amaze me at the nerve of some people. My husband has a word for those kind of people, PARASITES! Sorry that it happened to you.

Stampin' D'Amour said...

Judy-I'm so sorry to hear this! It ruins it for others! It's sad that it has become common for SAMPLES to be stolen. :0(


M said...

Tar and feathering sounds about right! I stopped participating in (mailing) altered books Round robins after 2 books went missing.

I would never think of stealing from a museum but some people don't think about taking someone else's books. Thoughtless!

All books I now display have my name in one or two places. "Property of:" is usually somewhere too. It won't stop someone who really wants to steal something but it never hurts.


Nicole said...

Poopey Dupe! I was thinking about letting them display my Halloween Book, but I think I would be inconsolable if someone took it. Our art work is such a deeply personal "thing." Take my jewelry. Take my knick knacks. But don't take my art work that I worked long and hard over.
Sorry to hear about that Judy.

PS: I met Gail this weekend at the Superstition Grand Antique Mall. She was super sweet.