Shelley Made: June 2014

Monday, 30 June 2014

A School Project

My daughter loves to draw - it's her favourite activity along with reading.  Both of which I'm very happy about!  I had an idea for a little project that I knew she would enjoy - a pencil case with her own artwork on it, but wondered if her classmates would like to join in too.

I had a chat with her lovely Year 2 teacher, and she thought it would be a great idea - so I designed a template for them, and came in to class at art time a few weeks ago.

We showed them some examples of my daughter's art already printed on fabric - and also a finished pencil case.  We also explained the concept of a repeating pattern to them - and that I would take their little drawing, and repeat it over the fabric just like on their clothing!

The result - a bit of a designing and sewing marathon and 25 brilliantly colourful pencil cases!!  They are made of a hardwearing canvas - which can be washed and should last the test of time...

We had them draw a larger design for a centre panel with their name on it - and a small design that would be used as the repeat.  Even my 4 year old joined in - sitting very nicely with the "big kids" - and to my surprise having a go himself!  He never usually participates in anything arty at kindergarten - so I was overjoyed to see him sitting with a drawing implement in his hand!

The class of 6 year olds were incredibly focussed on their work - and very excited that it would be turned into something they could use.  This was my daughter Jessie's finished artwork - her Mermaid Princess:

With her "coordinate"...

And this is the finished pencil case - front and back

I was very very happy at the amount of detail that came through on the fabric - and the vibrancy of the colours we were able to reproduce.

My added bonus - little Mikey's one...will be keeping these both as little treasures I think :)


I have to say it was one of the most rewarding projects I've undertaken - the sheer delight from the kiddies when I returned a few weeks later with their sewn pencil cases was amazing!  So worth the time I put into them :)

Year 2 is a great age to do them as a project too - they've settled in, can write and draw pretty well by now, but are still super excited to do something like this as an activity.

Here are my two kiddies with a photo Jessie's teacher emailed through from the day we handed them out at school - thank you Mrs Miller!

There is now a lovely big display up in the classroom showing the original artwork, and photos of all the kiddies each with their pencil case - great work everyone!!

I want to say a BIG thank you to the lovely ladies in a Fabric forum I belong to - for helping to cover the costs of the fabric for the class.  I had some spare blank space on the yardage I needed to order - so I offered some personalised pencil case panels up to them.  They were snapped up very quickly - and I am very grateful to you all - THANK YOU!!!

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Copyright - Copying is not ok...

***UPDATE  11 July 2014:  I have removed my ex-customers images from this post.  I have received written assurances that all of my images have been removed from her systems and website, and that she will not copy ShelleyMade designs in the future.***

I had hoped I would never have to write a post like this.  But I do.

I have recently found someone rather blatantly copying my personalised designs.  I cannot explain how upsetting this has been, particularly due to the nature of the copying.

Not just any "someone", by the way.  A customer.  Someone who had purchased designs very regularly from me for 16 months until March of this year.  I'm not going to name her - I'm better than that.  But I will show you what she did.

You all know my personalised range.  It's pretty recognisable as mine - anywhere you see it.  There are clear copyright notices on each and every one of my designs up on Spoonflower, and on my website.  I simply cannot understand why my customer would think it was ok to take my Intellectual Property and make it her own, but she did - reproducing my designs and having them printed herself.  These personalised designs are not automatically generated...they are created by me, by hand.  More puzzling to me is how she thought I would not find out...when she quite happily kept promoting my designs (and her copied designs) on her page.

Here is a side by side comparison I did...mine on the left - the copy on the right.  There is no mistaking the similarity is there?


This is another example of my actual Elliott I created a few months back for a customer. 

To add insult - the copyright infringer downloaded clip art and added it to my design layout.  I do not use clipart.  At all.  Everything I put on my designs is mine, hand-drawn by me.  Where I use a font - I have either written permission from the author, a purchased license for commercial use, or it is a free for commercial use font.  I take pride in that. 

None of the following are my designs...although they sure look like them.  These photos are all taken from the location to where my ex-customer publishes and sells her products.  I am publishing them here, with her identifying marks removed, so that you can see the extent of the violation - and why I was understandably so upset.


I thank all of my loyal customers for their support.  There are a number of those customers that sell items made with my designs entirely legitimately - and with my absolute backing.  Just not the customer whose photos appear above.

I take the protection of my Intellectual Property very seriously, and have issued the appropriate documentation to prevent this person from printing any more copied designs.  I hope that person does come across this post, and understands the absolute hurt and upset she has caused for me.  Shame on you.  It's just plain and simple stealing.