First off, I'm super stoked about the new project I'm working on. I'm hoping to set up my own online store and blog selling handmade crafts based around popular fairy tales and folk lore, all art nouveau styled, of course This project will be my little artistic outlet in my otherwise non-arty lifestyle. You'll hear a lot more about it soon!
This leads me onto something that I'd love all y'alls opinions on. So I was browsing through Etsy looking at my 'competition', and I noticed that independent artists (ie. Not big companies) are selling Mucha's artwork as jewellery pieces, prints, coasters, jewellery boxes, badges you name it, it's there! As a fellow artist, how do you feel about this?
Personally, I feel that it is someone profiting from another artist's work, and I feel that's a very low thing to do. Everyone is, of course, inspired by other artist's work, which can lead you to create your own art piece influenced by said inspiration. For example, Mucha very obviously influences my illustrations, however, I do not outright copy his work. For my new project, my crafts would be based off fairy tale characters that do not belong to me, but I would not duplicate another artist's work and sell it on. Simply using the art and shoving it in a cameo pendant or on a bookmark is disrespectful to the original artist. I feel that it's lazy and unartistic. If I found out someone was selling one of my illustrations as a print I would be very unhappy. Or does it not count because Alphonse Mucha is no longer living? Is it even legal? Or is it just
artistically frowned upon? Why do people make such a big deal about drawings being traced and stolen, when it's fine to sell on Mucha's art?
What do you think?
(Please note that I encourage a lively discussion not an argument. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Thanks.)