Spot the difference

As I was browsing Pinterest this evening, one picture caught my eye.

pleated printing stitched3


I thought it looked familiar – and so it was, because it was my work, appearing in a post I wrote in October 2012 about printed pleating.

Yet the Pinterest link took me to another website that had nothing to do with me, the poster being one rio-ypp. So I followed the link to her own blog, where she states quite clearly: ” Unless re-blogged/photograph or it indicates otherwise everything is pretty much my original works photographed and scanned .”

rio screengrab

I checked – no mention of reblogging. The description reads “pleat, pin, tuck and dip ! experimental dyeing”. Actually, no pinning, dipping or experimental dyeing was involved – it was printed.

I did send her some feedback pointing out that most people’s definition of “pretty much my own work” may be at variance with hers. According to her profile, Rio is/was a first year fashion student at Parsons, New York. Let’s hope her course includes some lectures on the legality and morality of stealing someone else’s work and passing it off as your own. 😦

27 March 2014 Edited to add: Rio has now taken down her blog and, as one of my posters notes below, the link now leads to a porn site, so I have removed it. Apologies for anyone who clicked on it – as Maggie says, some people don’t take exposure too well. 🙂


18 thoughts on “Spot the difference”

    1. I do agree but this isn’t a problem with pinterest. This girl posted the work on her blog claiming it as her own. Which is disgusting.

  1. This is grim when it happens isn’t it Kim. Sorry to hear you’re caught up in a fraud case like this – because, let’s be clear, passing someone else’s work off as your own is fraud.

    If she’s a student have you thought about writing to her college?

    Chin up though. Xxxx

  2. Wow – thanks for all your supportive comments! 🙂

    I think I will wait to see whether my comment to her and this post here will shame her into taking the post down from her own blog. If not, I will consider contacting her college.

    I agree that Pinterest has its problems, but the pinner in this case was not the problem – he was only repinning. I guess the internet makes this kind of fraud easy – but it also makes it more likely that you will be found out!

  3. Wow. So lacking integrity. I wonder how many other peoples’ work she has collected and identified as her own. This has, however, made me think about my own pins. I want to be sure I give credit in my comments to the artist, if possible. I do ensure the link takes me to the artist, but I haven’t given written credit to the artist in my description comment in all cases. I’m going back to correct that. Thanks for the post.

    1. Terri – I suspect I’m just as guilty when pinning of not always crediting the artist in the Pinterest comment. But I’ve never passed off someone else’s work as my own!

  4. I think people have gotten lazy about giving credit to others. Art schools are partly to blame because there is so much emphasis on appropriation, and how it is perfectly ok. If she is young, she may not understand the magnitude of what she did. Think of all the downloading of music and not paying the young performers for it. And I don’t mean, the super rich music groups, but rather anyone making their way.

    1. Kim – I think there is an issue with downloading music (or videos), but most people who do that don’t then pretend that they created the music. There is a difference between being “inspired” by others (which in the worst case could mean just copying/recreating someone else’s work) and actually presenting someone else’s work as your own. Maybe not a huge difference. But if she had made her own piece, say, in green or red, and posted about it without crediting me with the idea, I would probably have shrugged and accepted it as one of those things.

  5. That is so not acceptable. I read your blog all the time and know how hard you have worked. I would definitely send a note to Parsons. You will be doing her a favor.

  6. Just a quick update.

    Rio has now taken down the offending post, along with most of her past posts. She has posted a reply on her blog saying that she didn’t mean to make it look like her work. She says “in no place does it say its mine” – but then most of the other posts of her sketches and designs didn’t specifically say they were hers either. The assumption is that they were. And there were several other posts that clearly said they were reblogged.

    I can’t respond to her reply because she has disabled the feedback button. But Rio, in case you are reading this, I just want to say thank you for taking the post down. And perhaps when you are older and further on in your fashion career you will understand why people get upset and angry when their work or designs are used without acknowledgement. I hope it never happens to you – but if it doesn’t, you will be luckier than most.

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