Being a Responsible Consumer of Art

The Urban Outfitters’ scandal has brought to many people’s attention how often Indie artists are ripped off by major corporations. I consider myself more of a consumer of art so my perspective is different than most artists’. First, if you are outraged, support the artist, Truche, whose design was copied, with a purchase here. You have no excuse because she has many great designs to choose from. Second, this did not shock me. Over the years I have noticed many Indie designs ripped off by major brands. Make no mistake, it is different when a major corporation copies an artist’s design versus one artist imitating another one. When two artists imitate one another they can build a trend and there is enough room in the market to support multiple, small-volume artists. When a major corporation copies an artist’s style and mass reproduce it, they saturate the market and make the design commercial, ultimately destroying its artistic merit. How can an art enthusiast help struggling artist? Simple, build better buying habits.

Art isn’t limited to two-dimensional forms like paintings. It can include everything from prints to pottery, from jewelery to clothing. Before making a purchase, first check if an artist or studio produces work that would meet your need. There are plenty of great artists you can find on the Web. Start by browsing Etsy, eBay and searching on Google. The Internet has made buying original art easy;  so, again, there is no excuse for not buying directly from an artist. In addition, see if your city has Indie fairs or art festivals where you can see the art and meet the artist in person. When you buy Indie art you financially and directly support the artists, and in return, get something unique and become a part of the art community. Be a responsible consumer of art and purchase directly from artist and studios.

P.S. If you don’t know where to start we have some review of our favorite artists here.

SFMOMA Extention

Finally they have the plans for extending SFMOMA to accommodate the 1,100-piece Fisher collection. I think the plans look rather tame which is what I expect from San Francisco. Most of the architecture is too conservative for my taste. I have visited the Gap headquarters and saw some of the collection in the past and was impressed. I am anxious to see it together with the rest of SFMOMA. Together I think it will truly stand out as a great collection of art.

New Site Design

Our new site design is almost complete but I am sure we will be tinkering with it for awhile. has undergone six site redesigns in six years so my track record is against me. We went for a more minimalistic design this time and I hope I got it right this time. Some sections have moved around. The eBook are now located Here, the webcomic here and the store is here . I don’t now how much longer I will keep using CafePress though. I am working on prints to put up on Etsy. I plan on continuing the weekly web comic but I am focusing on three new eBooks I hope to have out by end of year. If you want to support this site please click on one of our suggested readings before making a purchase with Amazon.