“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:
- 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;
- To provide links to my blog posts in their own publications
- 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
- 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
- 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.