Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Is it stealing?

I really want to do some really cool FMQ on my Asian Bargello. I'm picturing two really cool koi fish circling around each other. Now, I'm not particularly skilled in terms of drawing. What I see in my head doesn't come out on paper. To compensate for this, I've mostly stuck to abstract art in the past (my perfectionism doesn't get in the way there). So I "borrowed" an image from a google images search to use as a starting point. I've edited the photo I "borrowed" a little, but not significantly. However, I'm also sure that it will look different once I've stitched it in to the quilt.

But is it stealling? I'm not selling this quilt or profiting from it in any way. I just really appreciated the quality fish Koyosan drew and wanted to use that as a launching point for my creative indevors.

This is Koyosan's awesome fish:
This is how I've changed it somewhat to use as a guideline while I'm FMQ:

Picture the above as the primary the quilting on this quilt:

I'll have to add some other background quilting to cover the needs of the batting. I'm cosidering different wave options, but don't want to detract from the fish.

But, I'm on the fence. I can't decide if I'm abusing my googling and CorelDraw (yes, I prefer to use Corel products for graphic manipulation) skills and plagerizing (or whatever the artist equivilant of that is) Koyosan. Or if I'm just being inspired by the excellent work Koyasan has done. I'd like to consider it a spark, but I'm not sure if I'm just making excuses.

Anyway, check out what everyone else is working on here:


Sheila said...

I can't answer your question but personally I can not see a problem , you are not profiting in anyway and it is just a guideline , good luck .

HollyM said...

I'm no expert either but I think you just can't sell it. For your own use is OK I believe. When in doubt you can email the person and ask too. Most are very accommodating.

M-R said...

That is looking fabulous! I also think you are fine for personal use. If you enter it into a show, just make sure you credit the inspiration. And wow, you can FMQ those fish? Wow!

Ellen said...

Wow - love your plan and such wonderful inspiration!

Peg said...

Great bargello - and those fish will just top it off!

My Sweet Prairie said...

Holly is right. Doesn't hurt to ask. What a GORGEOS bargello!!! wow!