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February 17, 2008

Of Sundays, screen printing and copyright…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 10:46 am

Good morning readers.

Yesterday at Jerry’s was good. It was busy and a few more people than usual stopped by the table to chat. I actually was able to finish sewing up two single needle coptic books. One of them I did before but felt that the thread was too thin so I took it apart and sewed it again. The other I prepped yesterday morning to take as my demo book. I must say that I am getting faster at sewing the coptic books and am learning little tricks to make it easier.

I’ve been bitten with the screen printing bug…again.

I want to make screens and print up my own bookcloth, t-shirts and eventually posters. I don’t want much do I?

I’ll be starting with bookcloth. I have a 10″x14″ screen that needs a good cleaning. I’ve done the photo emulsion screens before but I’m thinking of doing a simple resist screen to start.

I really don’t need anymore projects as I have plenty to do for my art classes but I’m hoping to find a little time to play. Perhaps less time spent on the Internet would help…hmmmm.

Remember my post a few weeks ago about copyright? Well… there is a lively discussion going on over in the Handmade Books group on Livejournal about a similar incident. 

On your way there, check out Lee Kottner’s post on copyright on her site. It discusses the incident and how she handled it as well as gives good information on artists and copyright with links to more info. It’s definitely worth a read.

Just because something is posted on the Internet it is not free to use for your own purposes. Alot of people don’t understand this. Especially non-artists. This is one of the reasons that I rarely post photos from other peoples websites or blogs. I only post a link to their site with a description of what you will see there.

There are so many grey areas in the copyright issue that I think it’s best to go by that old rule of thumb that if you don’t want someone to use your work without your permission don’t use theirs without their permission.

I’ll end this with a quote from the discussion on Livejournal from borninjeans “You’d think with all these questions people would just do their own original work but then another lengthy discussion can be made about ‘what is original’ so I’ll let it drop.” Nuff said…

I hope everyone has a great day.

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  1. this whole copyright discussion about using pages from published books is very interesting to me. I came across a retailer selling unbound classics: http://www.volcanoarts.biz/booksinsheets/index.htm

    and my first thought was well how can I use those pages in my work without being in violation of copyright law.

    Comment by Sue B — February 17, 2008 @ 12:05 pm
  2. Sue B, I think all the works that Volcano Arts is selling are in the public domain now, so there’s no copyright violation, no matter what you do with them.

    And thanks for the plug, Jackie. It’s definitely a subject worth discussing, I think. People have some funny ideas about copyright.

    Comment by Lee Kottner — February 17, 2008 @ 4:10 pm
  3. Ha Jackie
    We have been doing some screen printing over at Red Thread. I have been using it a lot with over printing my dyed fabrics. I even have my teenager involved.

    Comment by Angelia — February 19, 2008 @ 12:53 am

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