I know I haven't been blogging as much lately. I've been focusing my attention on Will & Bequeath and it's kind of hard to keep switching gears to write about so many different things. Also, the shop is taking up a lot of my free time, leaving little room for crafting, etc. I wonder if I'll be able to find a balance and ultimately keep doing both, or if I'll eventually have to choose...?
But I digress.
I'm writing today to talk about the shop, actually. Or at least, to talk about some of my thoughts about the shop, and about trying to learn to navigate that kind of creative business.
Here's my issue: I want my shop to be beautiful. And I can't help but be inspired by other vintage shops out there, but I don't want to rip off anyone else's ideas/style.
With writing, it's easy. A solid career and a couple of English degrees have made plagiarism easy to avoid, but when it comes to "style" I'm finding myself worrying constantly about being a copycat.
Let me explain in a bit more detail, using the example of Eddie Ross.
I've long been a fan of Ross and have been following his blog and his Etsy store since each of them launched.
Ross uses a grey background and a natural tabletop cover (burlap?) as a backdrop for his shop wares. Look:
I've been experimenting with different backgrounds and tabletops and the combo I like best so far is ... a dark grey background with a burlap-covered tabletop.
Sure, the grey is darker (and it's paint, not fabric) and the burlap is a different weave/texture/tone, but still... it's basically the same background. So...
Am I ripping Ross off?
In the age of Pinterest, etc. when we're constantly bombarded with visuals that are meant both to impress and inspire us, how do we come up with original ideas? I can't unsee what I've already seen and I can't say that I haven't been inspired by other people's beautiful work, but when is inspiration a good thing and when it is just copycatting?
Anyway, this is what's on my mind. Weigh in if you have any insights.