Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?

When I moved my website to WordPress, I had no intention of writing blog posts because I’m not a writer. However, this morning while perusing my Instagram feed, I came upon this photo:

What a lovely and clever design! It reminds me of my Instagram post from last year:

Yes, she tweaked the colors a bit and added some antiquing, but other than that, it’s a blatant copy which she is selling as her very own creation.

This isn’t the first time this has happened. One other time in recent memory was a Facebook “friend” who was selling her pieces online. I copied and pasted pictures from her feed and put them side by side with my pieces. I hope it will be obvious which ones are mine. If not, mine are the first of the two in the pairs.

Why am I posting about this? I guess it’s just to vent. There’s really nothing I can do about it. The two women who copied my designs are from Russia and Spain. Since I don’t sell my work there, I doubt I’m losing any business to them. I’m just astounded by their audacity.

I understand that when learning a craft, one way to do it is to copy another’s work. This is a valid way of practicing to attain new skills. What is not acceptable is putting that work out there as your own or, in this case, selling that work as if it were one’s very own creation from conception to execution.

Design ideas are the hardest part of creating, followed by execution. None of it is easy. I don’t have a magic wand that allows me to just “poof” out new work in mere moments. I struggle with every single piece. Unfortunately, this probably won’t be the last time it happens. I could look upon this as imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, but it may take a while for me to get there.