The Corsican Brothers" with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and spent some time with my beads and wondering about copying, derivatives, and when it stops being a copy or a derivative and starts being my own design.
Many of my designs have been heavily influenced by my friend and mentor, Marcia Decoster. Marcia and I worked closely for many years and I took what I learned to heart. Did I copy from her? Yes, there are portions of my work where you can see what I learned from her. But an actual copy of a design. No. I don't believe that I did.
Above is a piece that I call "Hever Castle" - the netting around the crystals is netting, it's been done before and will be done again. The bail (top) and the connection between the crystals is a modified Right Angle Weave (raw) that I learned from her many years ago in her Romantica necklace, you can see the same thing in neckstrap. But because the pieces are so different, it's not a copy, but influenced by or a derivative of her necklace, but still my design.
I also bought a pattern by Shelley Pleines Nybakke - her Tennis Anyone bracelet, pictured below on the left. These are pieces made from a pattern, a copy. The Tiara Necklace on the right is very similar except that it's cubic right angle weave, not a three sided RAW as the bracelets are. This is not a copy, my design, but using a technique from another instructor.
Huib Peterson, so I was influenced by what he also taught me.
In your heart, a person knows if they copied another artists design. When I was just starting to make patterns, I had a dancing moose pattern - resembling a kokopelli, but it was a moose dancing. I walked into my local bead store at the time, and there was a woman who was wearing a necklace with MY moose on it. At first I was tickled that she liked it enough to make it. She told me that she took the picture from the internet, enlarge it so that she could see the peyote pattern in it, and then she beaded it. But then, the more that I thought about it, she couldn't be bothered to spend the $5 for the pattern. THAT's copying.
Bottom line - you know if what you are doing is right or wrong. If doing wrong doesn't bother you, nothing that I can do or say will make you change your mind.
But enough about that!!