Copyright Notice to Readers

 

“Threadborne”, my blog about fibre art, vintage textiles and eco printing is intended as a personal record of my exploratory work as an artist and a sharing of information and views on these topics. It extends an invitation to like-minded members of the art community to offer feedback and to share information and views on similar subjects.

I am a former professional educator and by extension, a life-long learner.  Thanks to this experience, I acknowledge that every creation and innovation builds on tradition and on the work of others.  I honour that principle in my current professional work, which happens to be in the arts and crafts. Other learners, formal or informal, are welcome to take whatever they learn from me here to pass it on in a spirit of community and respect for its sources, and with a desire to add to the communal deposit of knowledge, skills and attitudes that inspire them.

 

Towards this end, I would like to let readers of Threadborne know that they are free:

  1. To use the original content (as distinguished from the content I attribute to others) in my blog for their own private and personal enjoyment and development;
  2. To provide links to my blog posts in their own publications
  3. To copy or reproduce short excerpts of text (e.g. a paragraph or less) of any blog entry into their publications (e.g. blogs, articles, instructional materials, etc.) to facilitate the learning of others in the arts and crafts, provided I am given attribution as the author and the source of any excerpt is indicated as my blog site
  4. To contact me to obtain consent to copy more substantial excerpts or entire blog entries for any publication, commercial, or public purpose such as classes, workshops, training sessions, blogs, websites, online albums, articles, books, or any other forms of communication or display; and
  5. To contact me to obtain consent to use any images of my art and craft works as a component or basis of any new imagery, or arts and crafts, such as the reproduction, adaptation, transformation, publication, exhibition, distribution, or other dissemination of my works.

The guidelines I have set out above are my attempt to stay true to the culture within the artistic community of encouraging the exchange of ideas while at the same time respecting the integrity of artistic originality and creation which is the means through which artists may earn their living.  For every artist the balance point may differ slightly; to help artists achieve an appropriate balance point these principles are also reflected in international and national “copyright” and “moral rights” regimes. These legal regimes apply framework principles of “consent” and “fair use” in generalities and in certain instances with particularity to achieve the intended balancing of interests.

I am certainly not purporting to be giving legal advice or to be an expert in these matters, as my intention is only to help others judge how to engage in a dialogue with me about my works and my Threadborne musings which I offer as a service to the community. I welcome all comments and questions about the guidelines I have provided.

It should be noted that other forms of intellectual property (e.g., patents) may subsist in materials and methods that artists or surrounding industries have developed.  This is a topic for another day.  At this time, however, I would like to let the readers of my blog know that I do not hold any patent rights in any of the materials and methods I describe in my blog.

In closing for now, I appreciate that I have touched on a subject that can be both challenging to understand and navigate, especially in these contemporary times where the possibilities for artistic expression have exploded with the advent of new technologies and mediums.  For myself, I trust my inner voice in these matters. Whenever I am in doubt about what intellectual property rights others may have in their works or in their approaches to their craft, I simply take it upon myself to ask the artist(s) and other experts – and therein is where I often find myself most blessed with the gift of engagement and learning with others.

 

 

 

 

8 Responses to Copyright Notice to Readers

  1. Cheri Aldrich says:

    How awesome you and your comments are! This is often a much overlooked or ignored subject. You handled it very eloquently, honestly and clearly! I heartily agree. Cheri Aldrich,

    • wendyfe says:

      Thanks for your attention to copyright notice. Cheri! I am not sure how many folks actually pay attention to the issue anywhere on the internet. Writing out the statement (with advice from an IP lawyer) is intended as a public service as much as advice on how to use the content I make available. People often do not realize the issues involved – the internet leads readers to suppose that everything they find there is theirs to use as they wish.

  2. Adrienne says:

    How may we contact you, please?

  3. Grace Drake says:

    Hi,
    I am currently studying for my A-levels at Dartford Grammar Girls School and I am interested in exploring free machine embroidery and different ways of creating colour on a piece. I wondered if you could answer some questions for me?

    1) What inspired you to start dying in this way and did you learn it or create it?
    2) Which fabrics take this method of dying the best?
    3) Do you have any tips for free machining? How do you combine it with the dying to create such brilliant textures?

    Thank you,
    Grace

    • wendyfe says:

      Hi Grace,

      It would take a book to answer your questions thoroughly! You can write to me privately at wendy.feldberg@sympatico.ca and we can narrow down the topics if you are still looking for responses from me. I am afraid that sometimes “slogging through the blog” is the only way to understand the way the artist works and why she does what she does…a blog is more like a journal in that respect, not a well-organised book where you can look things up quickly.

  4. Excellent site, great info in such a readable format. I have linked to one of your posts to an upcoming one of mine. I really like how you have added this information, as others have said it is so often overlooked and taken for granted. Thank you for the permission to share this knowledge with like minded people.
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  5. Pingback: Eco Dyeing – we can all do it. | Fun with Fibers

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