It’s been a busy week here at Right Sides Together headquarters! Between jury duty and back-to-school festivities and activities, I can definitely feel the buzz of September kicking in just around the corner. Since that’s the case, I thought I’d point out some writing I’ve done elsewhere lately.
For the journal of the Craft Industry Alliance, I wrote an article about fair compensation for bloggers. I sponsor blog partners through affiliate links, sponsored posts, and banner ads, but in the craft industry there’s a wide variety of accepted practices — some a lot more equitable than others.
For Craftsy, I curated a collection of some free rail fence quilting patterns uploaded by Craftsy members. I do a lot of roundup posts for them; I love supporting independent designers, and there are so many talented people out there. Offering patterns through Craftsy keeps their costs low and makes it possible for so many people to share their work.
Finally, I haven’t really chimed in to the MQG discussion on copyright and derivative works (and subsequent backlash claiming authoritarianism and favoritism) in QuiltCon submissions, but I think it’s an important issue that needs to be addressed. If you haven’t caught up yet, the original MQG post is here, though it’s been edited as the discussion has gone on, along with some of the major responses here and here. My post from last year on The Modern Quilt Police sums up my position quite nicely.
Bottom line: art is, in itself, derivative. Asking people to pick apart their work and identify every technique and inspiration that they did not invent is, quite honestly, not cool. And this decision seems arbitrary and capricious, especially considering the amazing yet “derivative” work of some past QuiltCon artists. And those were the ones I thought of just off the top of my head, from my one visit in 2014.
I’ll be back next week with fabric deals and more sewing + quilting love. Happy weekend!