I've been having a dilemma.
It's been induced by numerous third party opinions; observation of local culture and personal experiences.
Having studied and worked abroad in Australia and America; I've been very much acquainted to the habit of sharing.
Of sharing ideas; knowledge...of useful discoveries. I think this is great!
You better yourself by lending each other a hand. I can't imagine the many people I'd have to thank for writing in blogs, articles and forums. Everything I have gained in my initial baby steps were purely 'google' and its majestic secret doorways. The Internet has created more than just opportunities for me, it has guided me through my teen years, enlightened me straight through university, made me friends I'd remember forever... it has taught me to be independent and it has inspired me through my darkest times. Now... back to this dilemma of mine.
I'm becoming afraid of sharing, of posting recipes... photographs.. ideas. Am I making myself vulnerable by exposing myself, knowing that unethical gremlins out there will be finding a way to manipulate my creations and call them their own. It kills me to watch people recreate what I do, make a profit and claim creative knowledge for what they have apparently done.
Hell! i've even had a nutjob use my photograph as her own in a myspace account!! Can you gauge my frustration?!
I could throw a tantrum and fill their inbox with vociferous complaints,... I COULD!... but why? What does that do?
Does it change anything? No.
Am I petty and childish like so? No.
It's the same way LV or Prada can't stop us from making a replica of their bags from cake. It angers me to know people come here for that reason. The evil are taking advantage of free information on the Internet!!! how nasty! Don't they realize, to be a respectable craftsman, they must first learn to produce something good on their own.
I never repeat my designs as every piece is unique. I refuse to repeat designs of other decorators; it's truly truly unethical and rude in my opinion. I am inspired by many great works out there, but its different when I'm able to recreate it with my own distinct personal flair. I am inspired by fabrics, by architecture... by patterns, nature, culture.
I couldn't possibly trademark every piece of sugar I push out of my palms. *laughs* The thought is ridiculous!
I'm here to inspire others.. to cook; travel; bake or decorate. I blog to have a permanent progressive journal for myself to look back on. How could this ever become "a bad idea" so suddenly?
Who know's where these adorable little guys are going to turn up in a months time! *grrr*