Marcel the Shell...



right. there's not much I can do about this but have a bit of a rant and let as many people know about this as possible. the bottom image is by Kelly Hyatt at Lagom for their Zootown range of cards. Kelly Hyatt has denied copying me in any way, which I find hard to believe. it seems this isn't the first time he's done this either - http://youthoughtwewouldntnotice.com/blog3/?p=1952. I don't see how any self-respecting person could work like ths - but there you have it.

I have asked Lagom to remove the card from sale but as yet this hasn't happened.

UPDATE! I've just read the comments on the YTWWN blog article posted above. it appears Kelly Hyatt posted several comments as different people and there is a comment from 'foxbravo', the same signature on emails I received from a Tony Chambers who apparently commissoned the designs for Lagom (but Kelly Hyatt is the director of Lagom so I'm a bit confused as to who does what where...) what are they playing at? seriously - just don't copy people in the first place and you won't have this hassle.

I've also been threatened with legal action for slander. yeah...
I've been sent screen grabs of google image search of lion illustrations as proof there's a lot of lions that look like mine - I wasn't convinced.
an intimidating email has been sent to someone who left a comment here.
oh, and it was suggested that maybe I copied the lion from someone too.

and another thing... I was going to email the Print and Pattern blog to ask them to remove the image but then remembered Kelly told me he posted his own cards there and bowiestyle (Marie Perkins?) has previously described Kelly Hyatt as a 'design hero of mine', so I figured why bother - I had previously commented on the post of the card range about the lion being copied and it was removed. cahoots?...

and one last thing - everyone is entirely entitled to their opinion regarding this and are free to email whomever they wish HOWEVER I ask people not to send threatening/abusive emails to anyone. ta!

Mr. Lion will keep smiling through :)

29/08/10 I have noticed the card has been removed from sale - FINALLY. I would like to think of this as Kelly Hyatt admitting he has done wrong but unfortunately I think it's more likely he got scared about all the attention he was receiving and thought it easier to back down. admitting fault would require a sincere apology from him, but I won't be holding my breath for that.

although I appreciate that the cards are no longer on sale, the fact remains that even if Kelly HAD admitted fault from the start, I would still have written this post.

the solution to avoid this is simple - don't copy people's work in the first place.

the card is back on sale.

here's my post on youthoughtwewouldntnotice - http://youthoughtwewouldntnotice.com/blog3/?p=6914 - feel free to comment


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hello world!

so... my advice to you all is never to drink anything near your computer. EVER! I learnt that computer manufacturers are f*****s - it really should not cost more to replace a new component than to get a whole new machine should it? ANYWAY. I have a new one winging it's way to me and will be back to full computer/internet usage soon (and yes, catching up with Mad Men)... hurra!

In other news, I have been busy printing. 5 colours/animals down on the large version of Congeries (only 29 to go then...) and after a few trials, tribulations and yes, probably some tears, I finally managed to get the Sea Lion finished. it's possible I'll do him again at some point sans l'eau, but for now there's 20 wet ones up for grabs...

all in all there's 6 layers. 50x50cm on 300gsm archival paper. signed, numbered and all that and about £30 +p&p on etsy...

I've become quite stoic about things going wrong for me recently - I realise that compared to a lot of people my life is really pretty wonderful... I'll be donating £5 from the sale of each Sea Lion print (and 10% of all other prints) bought throughout August and September to Pakistan.


Analogue Books have uploaded images from Turn Up the Colour on their flickr where you can see all the work from the show... the bottom image is from Jez's flickr where you can also see a few images from the preview