Got this email today via my Kickstarter!
"Hi. I was linked to this page via the Laughing Squid story about it. The design is great but it's too bad that it isn't your original design. I notice they look VERY similar to an artist in my area who has been selling her octo-plushies for years.LINK REMOVED SO PEOPLE WON'T BE MEAN TO ANYONE!
As an artist myself it is incredible frustrating to watch someone's hard work and effort be ripped off by someone else. I hope that you find success in life with YOUR OWN ideas & not by copying another person's work."
As you can see I have been designing jewelry since 2007. I designed Atticus Kitsch back in November 2009 along with my Pirate Octopus, Zombie Octopus, Demon/Vampire Octopus and Robot Octopus. In April 2010 I made them into jewelry. He has never changed color and has always been purple and fun. I chose purple because it represents nobility and thought it was a good fit, plus purple is cool! He got his top hat and monocle in October 2010.
In Novermber 2010 he got his name: [link]
These of course were not my first ventures into octopus themed items. I made my Ninja Octopus before these in October 2009 from clay. His name is Ninjapus and he is black - don't confuse him with The Great White Ninjapus though because he will be mad.
I never saw this person's plush and when looking her up on Etsy see that she does indeed make octopus plushies. I think EVERYONE should make octopus plushes because they are fantastic. In fact there's another person who makes octopus plush on Etsy and here and she's fantastic too! I love octopuses and I always will!
Did I steal her design? No. Did I take the design from Powder Puff Girls? No. I never have seen her work, nor the Powder Puff Girls in my life. I was only alerted to her work a few months back when someone let me know about it and I love her stuff! By that time though I had already put my octoplush into production. I starter selling them in April 2011 when I had saved up enough money.
Where did Atticus come from? It was my best friend ~pronouncedyou
who inspired me for Atticus with her adorable octopus art (as far as I know it dates back to 2007). so I attribute all his success to her. She's even the one that taught me to use Photoshop.
I find it mean spirited and rude to contact someone via their Kickstarter with a message claiming that I stole someone else's idea, especially when you created your account for that sole purpose. It's just not very nice.
Have a nice day though because I just can't be mean about it!MY KICKSTARTER! [link]
I made my goal! But that doesn't mean you can't donate if you want too. Money will be used to fill rewards and to buy more plush than I had originally aimed to get! <3How does Kisckstarter work?
If you don't know how Kickstarter works you DO NOT get charged until IF and WHEN my project gets funded. Meaning you won't be charged until June 3, 2012. If I am not funded you don't get charged at all! All payments are paid through Amazon Payments.Why should I donate?
Every dollar helps. I really mean that! Getting plush made and child tested is very expensive. Well beyond my means. I offer some great rewards for your support so you don't walk away empty handed. Every donation is met with sincere gratitude and thanks. I will remember this forever.Can't Donate?
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