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Quick update :) 
I worked out details with Spreepicky to license designs that were being sold on Taobao and Storenvy (see previous journal post).
Details on the design here:
acrylicana.tumblr.com/post/103…

Happily, customers can purchase the Hello, Cupcake hoodie without worry that I won't be compensated.
It's the best situation that could have come out of this mess, really. Spreepicky, unlike so many other shops, are wonderful to their customers and to artists out there (I'm not the only artist that they're making sure receives royalties for selling their work). So many retailers would go "it's not my problem -- I just bought it from the manufacturer" rather than "let me license this, please".

While it doesn't solve the problem I've been having with Taobao and whatever manufacturer has stolen my artwork, it does allow consumers to purchase these designs slightly more ethically (I don't know the conditions in which they're produced, hence the "slightly").

Be well and happy holidays, everyone!
As always, you can find me on twitter (@marywinklerart), tumblr (marywinkler), and instagram (marywinkler). :)
Hi! So there are 4 pieces of mine in this gallery that are viewable to the public. It's so I can prove ownership over them versus retailers in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea (possibly other places too) who are selling goods with my designs on them. All of the artwork was stolen. Initially I figured it was from having worked with shady US-based companies that did products in questionable factories in China back in 2008. Most recently a design I NEVER sent out for sampling (it was drawn in 2009 and was never a part of Apparel Dynasty lines in 2010-2012, nor licensed elsewhere) popped up on Instagram. They removed my signature, but left the piece unaltered otherwise. Clearly stolen from dA when I hadn't had giant watermarks placed over the work.  
Here's a full write-up on my tumblr.

I left dA earlier this year because I was tired of finding my work all around the world without my consent. Considering most was stolen years ago, it seems pretty silly, but I have no want to place new work on a site that has been a hotbed for ripped off art. This has been going on for YEARS and YEARS for many dA artists. I couldn't go a week, in years past, without reading journals from artist I followed about their work being ripped off.

I know, people will say 'why'd you put it online?' 
Idk, person, why did I think others would respect the property and rights of others? It's a conundrum for sure. Not even just places in China either.

Claire's boutique sold knock-off earrings of my breakfast time designs.
Diva (in AUS) sold knock-offs of my clay donut charm bracelets (down to the fingerprints, the knock-off was copied perfectly! -- it was a bunch of stuff sold on Shanalogic and similar shops 2008-2010 -- happily, we all banded together and got them to take it out).
5 Below sold knock-off shirts featuring traced designs from a couple acrylic paintings of mine (a cupcake and an ice cream cone).

and the countless tiny retailers on storenvy, taobao, ebay, etc etc etc who have created shitty little products featuring ripped off artwork.
I know I'm forgetting others.

Regardless, redoing what will be on my website and how I share artwork again. 
Fresh reminder to artists: people suck. But it IS your artwork if you created it and it IS NOT your fault for it being stolen. That's a stupid line of thought and those who think it are terrible.
Hi Dearhearts!
From time to time I'll pop by with links to my work elsewhere, as I understand there's still a number of users who have just followed this (now) empty gallery as well as users who followed me for years and likely miss a bunch of journal entries due to crazy full inboxes (me too!).

Firstly, here's the last journal entry that explains why I left dA. :heart: :heart:

Secondly, here's lovely updates of my artwork elsewhere! 
Feel free to share these links around, as they contain my backlink while helps with analytics for Tuts+ and a possible boost for me personally.
Enjoy, and thanks for the support!

Tutorials:

Photoshop :milk: :orange: :tea:
Vector :kitty: :alien:  :happybounce: 

Interviews: :squee:

Artists I've interviewed recently for Tuts+

Cute Jewelry and Such:

Links around the web:

Tuts+ with tutorials
Facebook page
Twitter
Instagram
Tumblr

Shops:

Etsy
Society6
Storenvy
Quick update :) 
I worked out details with Spreepicky to license designs that were being sold on Taobao and Storenvy (see previous journal post).
Details on the design here:
acrylicana.tumblr.com/post/103…

Happily, customers can purchase the Hello, Cupcake hoodie without worry that I won't be compensated.
It's the best situation that could have come out of this mess, really. Spreepicky, unlike so many other shops, are wonderful to their customers and to artists out there (I'm not the only artist that they're making sure receives royalties for selling their work). So many retailers would go "it's not my problem -- I just bought it from the manufacturer" rather than "let me license this, please".

While it doesn't solve the problem I've been having with Taobao and whatever manufacturer has stolen my artwork, it does allow consumers to purchase these designs slightly more ethically (I don't know the conditions in which they're produced, hence the "slightly").

Be well and happy holidays, everyone!
As always, you can find me on twitter (@marywinklerart), tumblr (marywinkler), and instagram (marywinkler). :)

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deco-dvan Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
Sorry to see you go!  I've enjoyed following your work for a number of years, very inspiring!  I first saw your tutorials on Youtube.  Much success in the future! 
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AnneKo Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
My pleasure ! ^^
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kanoshii Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
yw! bb

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Colorgasmatic Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :D
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marywinkler Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:D Thanks so much!
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