Thursday, March 3, 2011

Be Inspired

I am happy to be a part of a group on LinkedIn titled CopyRights-Artists Rights. The group was created by artist and designer Phyllis Dobbs to actively help educate and spread awareness of the copyright laws. This Blog Hop , organized by artist designer Brenda Pinnick, is a group effort to educate and show how we can be inspired from others' original artwork.

Use your own imagination and craft a unique project. Your original piece of art then becomes protected under the law. In the United States, copyright protection automatically exists from the moment the work is created.

Copying someones artwork and misrepresenting that it is your own is wrong; it is against the law. It is an infringement-- a violation of the rights secured by a copyright.

Showing an Internet audience how to wrongfully copy original artwork is an unethical practice.

Be Inspired!

I am in love with Jonathan Adler, his life story and his store. I work hard for my money and I'm very particular where I spend it. He sells colors, I love colors. His quilted line of pottery is inspired by Chanel. I love Chanel, and so on and so on.

After noticing a trend of four colors in last Sunday's Target ad, I decided to take a look at the Jonathan Adler store to see what color groups he is selling. I clicked on NEW and fell for the colorful, geometric square paperweights AND round crystal coasters.  This is my Jonathan Adler inspired coaster project. It's not crystal and it's not round, but it's colorful and mine.


I already had the coasters from a book project. You can buy a Two Coaster Cross Stitch Kit at Hobby Lobby for around $10. The coasters are plastic. I used double-stick removable tape for the paper backing so they are interchangeable.

I am not a symmetrical designer but wanted to use the 9 buttons for a geometric look.

Yellow Houndstooth and Navy Buttons

Black Polka Dot, White and Red

Monochromatic Gold Damask

 Please visit all the participating blogs below. Each one is unique, informative and inspiring! 
Joanne Sharpe
 Sharyn Sowell
 Aaron Christensen
 Chris Chun
 Vickie Lea
 Monica Lee
 Brenda Pinnick
 Shelly Kennedy
 Phyllis Dobbs
Jennifer Goode
 Beth Parker
 Sue Zipkin
 Robin Pickens
 Terri Conrad
 Jane Maday

Disclaimer: I have not been paid for this post nor given free product. All comments and suggestions are my own.


Unknown said...

Great examples and a wonderful post!

Phyllis Dobbs said...

Great post and interpretation Molly!

Samantha Walker's Imaginary world said...

I agree...Color is a great spark for inspiration! Love your post.

Antonella said...

Molly - loved your interpretation and think it's great you are participating in a blog hop - I will check them out! Hugs, antonella :-)

be your original best said...

oh! I LOVE Jonathan Adler too! so much inspiration -
(his book is so darn funny too!)

Vickie said...


Great post and great inspiration.

Sharyn Sowell said...

Perfect example of inspiration vs. copying.

Anonymous said...

Hi Molly, I love your coasters and I also agree that color can be a wonderful way to be inspired. Thanks for participating and sharing your insight.

Ann said...

Love the coasters. Very cute. Thanks for all those links too, I love checking out new blogs

Terri Conrad said...

hi molly

what fun coasters
I'm a fan of JAs birds and hot graphics

sue z said...

What a fun creataion you your example and your postwas also very educational. So nice to meet you!! thank you!

Robin said...

Molly, great idea and I love Jonathan Adler too! I might have to make some of my own coasters...

Pitterle Postings said...

Love your coaster Molly. They look wonderful and your post was informative as always.

Chris Chun said...

Hi Molly. Jonathan Adler's work always makes me smile and your coasters make me smile too!

Lori said...

Excellent post Molly ...and how fun that was hopping along seeing what inspires everyone and how they intepret the inspiration and create something awesome... LOVE your coasters!

Alain said...

Great coasters Molly! The button stitching on the first two coasters looks a bit like clock hands (I'm a little obsessed with clocks)...