Last week I was tweaking and cleaning up my blog and preparing a new tutorial for you. Since I have been blogging, I have been linking up and visiting all the wonderful blogs out there more than ever. Each time that I have found something that I would want to make as well, I saved the link in a spreadsheet. Well, the links were getting out of hand and I decided to make a page on my blog with all those links. This way I would have them organized and link up simultaneously. This is a lot of work because I had to click on all of the links to check what project it was in order to categorize it. Suddenly I had to hold on to my chair and became pale. On one of the blogs there was a tutorial for exactly the same tent that I was preparing for you right now, and worked on for over a week. The tutorial on the other site was great and I felt very demotivated and thought: "great, now it does not make any sense to post this, and if I do, I run the danger of being accused of stealing the idea". I read once on another blog, that the woman was in such a situation. After thinking about it for a while, I made a decision not to post my tutorial and to use this opportunity to talk about plagiarism.
A couple of moths ago I was chatting with LiEr from Ikatbag about this. This and this were the posts she wrote about this topic. Some of her work has been plagiarized. In her post about this awful situation she also linked to an interesting article from Zenkrafting. Patricias work as well as that from Cassi of The Crafty Crow and Bella Dia was copied almost in their entirety on another blog. The hijacker included the photographs and word-for-word the instructions written by other authors. There was no link to the originating blog or any other indication of the original author of the posts. We all know that one just does not do that! People who do that, can only be pitied for their poor creativity and bad morals. MwmBlog also has a great article about this topic: Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. Another great post can be found on oh my!Handmade goodness, a community for independent children’s retailers and on Craft Gossip.
One sees and hears so much about projects or even several tutorial posts being directly copied. All I would say to this is what my grandma always said: do not do to others as you would not want to have done to you. I hope that something like this does not happen to any of you.
But what I was talking about with LiEr was exactly what just happened to me: Can two people have a similar or almost the same idea? This is the proof. Yes.Some of the greatest inventions in history like the car or splitting the atom were worked on simultaneously, but not in collaboration. And please, do not get me wrong: it is not a bad thing. I was of course disappointed that someone else had the same idea and was faster than I was to realize it, especially because I already did all the work and spent a weeks time on it. The tutorial and work of the other blogging colleague is so great! I am happy to have found it and that I was able to raise this topic here.
I believe that on one hand, we save images of things that are appealing to us in the subconscious and whip them out one day. On the other hand, I am convinced that two creative people can have the same idea at the same time. I even think that it is possible that those two people execute the idea in a similar way. So here is the point: unless Susan is having access to my head, and you trust me that I did not see her tutorial before I started my project, we both have had the same idea and executed it in a very similar way. I wish that I would have seen this wonderful tutorial before, because oh dear, I was also fighting with my pattern. Dear Susan, if I have had your tutorial before, I would have saved myself lots of time and frustration.
So like I said, I am not going to post my tent tutorial, but instead if you would like to make one of those, I will send you over to Susan at Livingwith Punks for her fantastic tutorial.
Dear Susan, thank you so much for sharing this great tutorial and please, get out of my head! Just kidding...
When making my tent I was inspired by a tent from Kaethe Kruse. Here are my results:
I added a window, a door and some fun applique.My hula hoop is attached with ribbons so that we can use it when the tent is put away.