Saturday, June 26, 2010


A few days ago, one buyer asks me whether I am bothered by another lampworker who has made a bead with a butterfly motif and, whether I think about copyright issues. Well, you know, this is an ongoing issue not just with lampworking but in all sectors of business. We complain constantly about how the Mainland Chinese copies the branded goods including automobiles; well...hello, the apple does not fall far from the tree. Look around in our little world of lampworking, making similar designs (please note, I do not use the 'c' word and I wish to clearly point out that I'll give benefit of doubt as to whether this particular lampworker's actions and intentions are deliberate or not) is always an ongoing sore point. So, before we point our fingers at others and criticize, let us look at ourselves first. Oh, by the way, the butterfly bead is nothing; I know of another lampworker who not just has similar designs but even uses the same exact name for the bead series as my 'Taj' series from last year - now, that is really hitting hard below the belt. That is one main reason why I stop making my 'Taj' beads.

Back to the subject, am I bothered by the similarities in the beads? Yes, sure I am - but the only way I can avoid this from happening would be never to show or sell my beads. Once your work is publicized, there will be people who become tickled by it and chances are, one or the other is tempted to 'give it a shot'. Sometimes I prefer to think that it is not the motif they are after, it is 'cracking that technique' that is intriguing. I make beads ('Magnolia' beads) which entail a certain technique; the beads will not be what they are if that technique is not used and does that mean I am copying? Sensitive issue, isn't it? Hey, we live in a democratic society and each of us is entitled to do as she/he pleases. If someone does not feel that she/he is infringing on others' rights by making something similar (be it a bead or otherwise), then so be it.

As for copyrights? Well, I can't afford paying copyright fees. Sure it crosses my mind now and then, but you know what? There is nothing really new in the world, we are constantly recycling designs; give it a tweak and there, you have a 'new' design. Besides, I do not wish to stay with one style or technique eternally, I like to move on. Moving on means I am advancing myself. I admit, I do not google about my lampworking colleagues' work. Why? Well, I feel less anxious and do not face any stress this way. Yes, you may wish to label me ignorant by not keeping up with what's out in the lampworking sector. I prefer to source for my inspirations elsewhere, e.g. textile industry, master paintings, the nature around us, the marine world...I can go on and on, but I think you get my drift.

Let me share with you some new beads I have -

set of round beads

I do not usually take custom-orders anymore. This is a 'special' request which I obviously bent my own rules - these beads are specially made after a rendering - the beads and the drawing will be exhibited together. I am not sure how much I am allowed to reveal at this stage, so I am not saying anymore.

lentil-shaped focal made with purple enamels

lentil-shaped focal bead, in purple and orange enamels


lichtwichtel said...

Wow!!! So supertoll!!!!!!!!!

Freu mich schon, dich in Wertheim zu sehen!

Grüße Nicole

mamajanl said...

Dora, Do not stop making your beads!!! I have three of your butterfly beads and they are truly your originals, AND I love them. My daughter is wearing one and I wear the second one. The third is waiting for a creative moment.....But they are all yours!!!!! You and your creativity will always be close to my heart. Jan

Moags and Smeet said...

The black and white beads are stunning - it must be good karma for your flexibility on the rules. ;)

Dora Schubert said...

Thank you, Nicole, Jan, Moags and Smeet!
Nicole: freue mich, dich in Wertheim auch zu sehen!
Jan: thank you for your encouraging words, always will treasure your thoughts!
Moags and Smeets: hmmm...that is a lovely thought with the good karma and flexibility. Yes, you are right, being flexible brings on the good karma! We need to be flexible all the time!

by keiara - lampwork beads said...

Oh, my darling Dora, you know what I think of such things! I'm glad you wrote about it and I hope you will take a certain someone's advice! Your beads are incredible and your talent far surpasses those of the others who try to imitate you. You know I also have your back!! ;)

I LOVE the Stars Out in Summer set! WOW!

Lots of love and hugs <3 keiara xox