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I've been thinking quite a bit about the Chad Love Lieberman sitch here on dA major-thief-hunters.deviantart… and it's had me thinking about the difference between what CLL has allegedly done (theft, plagiarism, fraud) versus what artists do.

Many years ago I saw a birdhouse quilt square up at Keepsake Quilting in New Hampshire. Of course, this was back in the day pre-internet, and I was just leaving the shop heading back to SW Pennsylvania where I lived at the time; couldn't take a picture and there was no way I could look the pattern up later. So I quickly drew one of the squares and then headed off home. Over time I took that block (which was a square) and made it uniquely my own. Eventually, the 4 squares I developed became a queen-sized quilt.*

We've all been in this situation before - we see a piece we like and we do something with it, just as I did with the birdhouse quilt square. But I think the biggest difference between CLL and honest, ethical artists is that we use a piece as inspiration rather than calling it our own. Just as I did with the birdhouse square and with the countless amazing quilts I see here on dA, when I see something inspirational, I think "Wow! I wonder how it would look if I did "this?"

Which is why CLL really grates my cheese. Rather than be inspired by the wonderful art here on dA he resorted to common thievery. Think of what he could have done if he had been inspired instead ...


* This is a WIP and it's still waiting to be quilted. I think I've finally gotten to the point where I realize I won't be able to quilt it at home and I'll have to send it out to a professional with a long-arm quilt.
  • Reading: Germs, Guns, and Steel
  • Eating: crow, after the miserable season the Twins had


United States
Current Residence: Twin Cities, Minnesota
Favourite genre of music: Swing (Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller)
Favourite style of art: Impressionism
Operating System: Mac OSX
MP3 player of choice: iPod, baby
Skin of choice: Potato, with melted cheddar, sour cream, chives, and bacon.
Favourite cartoon character: Pinky. The Brain. The Tick. Gossamer. Miss Piggy.
Personal Quote: "Groovy." and "Hail to the King, baby."


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Phylllis1 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Love this tablecloth. "Pineapple Motif Tablecloth" Been crocheting with thread for over 15 years. I've made about a dozen tablecloths over the years and countless doilies. I would love to have this pattern it you would be so kind as to e-mail it to me.
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SarahPixel Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
rydendaniela Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your gallery!:)
MN-Vixen Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
Thank you!
pinkshoegirl Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
thanks for the fave :)
Nur-Ab-Gal Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav! :)
Tektonten Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the :+fav: :)
Midge108 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007
Wow - love your Illuminated Manuscript!
MN-Vixen Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
Thanks, Midge. There's a follow-up to it in my gallery, too.
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