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Thursday, April 30, 2015

OPEN LETTER RESPONSE TO PEOPLE ASKING FOR FREE GEAR

I received another request from someone who wanted me to make them some free clothes. Most people in creative fields have had this request. I decided to send back how I really feel and to share it here. This is going to be my template for future clothing requests. 


Hi,

Thanks for the feedback. I'm really glad you like my clothes. 

I work hard to create unique, one off handmade designs while sourcing ethical and sustainable materials. It is even harder to be able to price this affordably in a market obsessed with mass cheap production. But I try.

Over the years I have received many requests for my clothes from models, VJ's, DJ's, bloggers and performance artists. There are many different people wanting to use my gear, but they all have one thing in common- they don't want to pay for it. 

Many believe that being 'credited' is of such high value that it is worth its weight in gold. It is not.

Getting 'credit' does not pay for my sewing time, my pattern making time or design time. Receiving 'credit' does not pay for my electricity nor my mortgage. It does not cover materials nor does it cover my experience gained over the years. It is a hollow commodity. 

The funny thing is that the people that ask for free clothes are usually artists themselves. The very people that should understand the value of time and effort that goes into a creative pursuit. Would you ask a chef to cook you some free food? Would you ask for free computer repair? Of course not! Yet, it seems okay to ask an artist to work for free.

This is not collaboration I am talking about, which is different, where two or more artists work together and everyone benefits. A 'win-win' situation they are called. 

A request for free clothes is not a collaboration but just a request for free clothes. This does not benefit me in any way.

I hope you will understand where I am coming from.

Regards, Don

Sunday, April 26, 2015

PISSED OFF WITH PINTEREST? WIPE OUT 'PICKED FOR YOU' PINS!


I have a love-hate relationship with Pinterest. Most of the hate is from the 'Picked for you' feature that destroyed my feed.

Overwhelmed with horrible 'Picked for me' images, the people I was following were lost in a jumble sale of ordinary images.

Pinterest are not going to stop this so I decided to find a solution. Thank goodness there IS a solution! Here it is- a Java script that lives on your Bookmarks Bar. This works with Firefox, Chrome and Safari. Go here to Beth McMillian and drag the Java script called Remove Picked for You

Every time you are on Pinterest just click the script and it is gone. As you keep scrolling you will need to keep hitting it. 

It works. Check my screen grabs!




Goodbye 'Picked for you' Pins!


How my page looked.

URBANDON
If you use it let me know how you go.

Don



Saturday, April 25, 2015

FREE SHIPPING


Free shipping at my Etsy store! Use the code 'FREESHIP' for free worldwide postage. Save heaps!

One week only.

Best wishes, Don