Well. It is a shame it has come to this, that’s for sure…
Basically, you may already know that I have been making and selling replica crow skulls that I have made MYSELF for a while now. I cast each one and I hand paint them, leave them to dry for 24 hours and then string them up on whatever someone wants.
I did use to buy some crow skulls from a seller on Etsy callen Ann S Koi (or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Catalyst-Studios/55797451383?fref=ts), but her crow skulls weren’t up to the standard I liked, they seemed fragile and the colouring was always a bit ‘off’ for me, sometimes they had a very purple tinge which I didn’t like, and my paint just couldn’t hide the underlying colour. I bought quite a few of these, but I was just never happy with the result when I’d finished making what I wanted. So I gave up on using them.
So I took one of them (which was a replica of a real crow’s head) that wasn’t too mis-shapen and I sculpted a little clay around it, making it much sturdier, especially around the eye sockets, and began creating moulds and using the moulds I made to make mine, which is quite a lengthy process. However, I have mastered it now and now I sell them.
Anyway… I recieved a couple of emails from the seller Ann S Koi through the Etsy conversations about how I was apparently selling her work as my own, which is absolutely not the case. Every skull I make has been made by me from start to finish. I ignored the emails as they got me pretty irritated, and I didn’t want to reply with an angry tone.
But now I have been messaged now outside-of-Etsy from her and her friends, they are pretty damn harrassing especially since what she is going on about isn’t true.
Not only that, she has now sent emails about the kitten skulls I make. I have not told her, but I bought another kitten skull from eBay, which was much cheaper than her kitten skull that she sells on here. But I believe she is adamant that the kitten skull is hers, and it is not.
All this said, and my side being told, you CANNOT copyright or trademark animal skulls. These skulls come from nature.
What has annoyed me mostly about this, is how with her inability to comprehend that animal skulls are something you cannot ‘own’, she has tried to kill my business with her slanderous and unfactual story.
The only money I make is from this business that I run myself, I do not earn any other money from anywhere, not from any other jobs or from the government, even though I could, I choose not to. I choose to only EARN what I get.
Well, that’s my two cents on the matter. Now onto more important and less ridiculous stuff…