Friday, August 19, 2011

Artistic Integrity

Hello everyone. It's been a while since I've written. Sorry! Still trying to work on that.

I recently ran across an awesome DIY on Pinterest that I immediately fell in love with. It was a tutorial using lace trim, gold paint and modpodge, and magically turning it into beautiful crown. I immediately bought some lace trim on Etsy and counted the days for it to arrive. 

Later on that week, I ran across a little company on Facebook that makes their crowns in a similar fashion and sells them. They were gorgeous! Then I had that nagging feeling that it would look like I was copying them. I didn't want to be one of those people that jump on the bandwagon of something that is "cool" to cash in. (ie - all those Keep Calm posters) I just told myself that I would put my spin on it, to make it unique. It's still hard for me, though. I don't consider myself an artist, I'm more of a crafter/hobbist. I pick up little hobbies here and there, to try different things. It's hard for me to define the word artist, though. I suppose it's someone that eats, drinks and breathes their art all the time. They are constantly creating something. That's hardly me. I can go for weeks without creating something.

I would love to hear your take on this, internet people. :) I guess in the end, there aren't really any truly unique ideas anymore. You borrow from different things and ideas that you encounter throughout your life and eventually make it your own.

Here are some of my crowns. They measure 4 inches wide, perfect for babies or toddler heads. I plan to make some more when I get more trim in the mail! :) 


  1. Y'know in the craft world very few things are "original" we all work off each other's ideas and add to it our own touches. I think just because you learned a technique from someone else does not make it "copying"

    Besides all great people took something from someone else and made it better, their own or made it work. It's not like we can say Coco Channel invented the dress! But she sure did make her own mark on it