At the May meeting there was some concern that members were not submitting pieces for the NEWs awards. I am acutely aware of the writings by a frequent contributor and Handwoven Staff member about articles submitted for shows and how they are blatant copies of designs posted in magazines. When I reviewed the NEW’s requirements, I read the same message with a ban on “receipe” based designs. All it takes is for a judge to share the same opinion and virtually all pieces are eligible to be thrown out as copies or violating someone’s copyright.
I am not faulting NoBo or the senior members, Margaret has encouraged me to submit items I have woven. Submitting any article opens up the very real possibility of the article being thrown out as a copy or close modification of some thing already published. I am not prepared to take that risk. My latest designs are from scratch but the weave structures are common techniques, shadow weave and twill. I have not done an extensive search of the literature to ensure I am not violating someone’s design who can then cry foul that in some previous publication a close facsimilie of the design was featured.
I will happily present our work for the memories section, both our memories are unique and the inspiration of the wave design was completely derived from my past.
I work in a world of patents and copyright, I have seen what happens when patents and copyright are supposedly violated. For me, weaving is something I enjoy doing and I will continue to weave items. I am not prepared to have an article scrutinsed for copyright violation or as was stated in Handwoven, he changed a thread here and there but the aricle is identical to one in Handwoven xyz which is a blatant violation of copyright and should never have been submitted. Hand weaving is an ancient art and it takes skill to weave an article with high quality but that is not enough for NEWs, it has to be unique which, given the history of weaving, is virtually impossible. In my work world we conduct extensive literature searches to ensure we are not violating patents and copyrights, I neither have the resources nor the time to perform a rigorous search of the literature to guarantee that my designs are unique.
This is why I am unwilling to present pieces for the NEWs Gallery Show. Comments