A lot of chatter has been going around people stealing other people’s ideas, etc. It’s getting disheartening to hear all of it. Most of it is not *theft* per se. It’s just jumping on a good thing. To be honest, raising a big fuss is just creating unnecessary drama. Smart people know when to “borrow” ideas and how to use them. Smart people know when it’s worth a fight. Outright copying makes you look bad. Banging the drums and creating a big stink just puts the smell on you.
Sascha Frangilli was recently the target of such a campaign, and frankly, it made the aggressor look foolish. Sascha was accused of copying a skirt—not the textures, just the prim design. To be honest, a skirt’s a skirt in SL. You can use a script to make it. Heck, I have made skirts–they are not that big a deal. Next thing you know someone is going to be DMCA’ing someone over a plywood box.
Sascha is known for her textures. (She is also known for her kindness and generosity—the aforementioned “heart of gold.”) She creates new ones for each dress and applies them to the same set of skirts she has already built, tweaking the system pieces and accessories to make each creation a new one. It’s a smart way to work—her customers know what they are getting and know it fits. It’s her way and has served the ladies of SL well for a few years now. Take, for example, this new dress from Sascha. With her characteristically glittering gold texture, rounded decollatage, assortment of skirt offerings, from slim as shown here to a large “battleship” skirt, it is a great deal for glamorous evening wear.
I show it with a skin and chignon offered by Monyka Benelli and Monicuzza Babenco at this week’s Dressing Room. Monicuzza offers a rich beautiful alternative for women of color with this skin—it’s very distinctively Monicuzza’s with the heavy eyeliner and glowing skin.
Necklace is by the unimitable Alienbear Gupte. Who else could twist and turn a prim like that and then put a texture on it to make it look like pure gold dripping with pearls and flowers?
I have quoted this already but it bears repeating:
Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”
— Jim Jarmusch
Dress: SAS – Saleya Gold by Sascha Frangilli for Sascha’s Designs *
Jewelry: !Alienbear Designs-Azuena Queen & Princess Antique Gold Set by Alienbear Gupte for Alienbear Designs *
Erehwon Yoshikawa’s comment is making me amend this blog so you can ALL watch this. I love it. Johanna Blakley speaks for TED.