And there I found myself more truly and more strange

vintage tin bottom, vintage photo, cut up vintage text, pin, lacquer, glue
(diameter 3,3cm/1.3″)
And there I found myself more truly and more strange.
You would think that after the Anthropologie issue was so quickly resolved I would be able to breathe easy and feel the anxiety leave my body. Instead I’ve felt like a giant chewing gum collecting dirt and debris in the pocket that is world. Not that I put used chewing gum in my pocket but you get the picture. I’ve had the most Asperger week in, like, forever, and it got to the point yesterday where V. asked whether I was high on something since I was acting like a miffed sleepwalker. Today was better but I still feel like my filters are off kilter (how could I resist, huh?) and I’m having much more tics than usual (and that makes for one sore neck). I’d love to fix all this by simply being alone in a quiet room but it’s just not working this time. Too many things on the to-do list and creative ideas on the brink of emerging. I’m kind of hyper and exhausted at the same time. I’d really appreciate a personal assistant who could list my books on Etsy and write better and more polite messages to people requesting custom books I don’t have the energy to make. Alternatively a pair of mega comfortable and lightweight hearing protectors combined with a break from everyone but friends could work, too.
I’ll get back to you guys once I’ve ticked off some major jobs from my list and decided whether or not I’m catching this cold that hangs in the close vicinity. I won’t be gone for long – there are loads of new books to share with you!

Anthro issue resolved!

I’m happy to let you guys know that Anthropologie will be withdrawing their gilt books from sale in a couple of days. A positive result even though they say they hadn’t seen my books before designing theirs. Quite a coincidence to be a coincidence, but I’m content with the action they’re now taking.

A huge thank you to every single person who shared the story and supported me! It means so much to feel a little less small when something like this happens.

You can find the above books (apart from the turquoise and the peachy-copper one) in my shop. All one of a kind and handmade.

Anthropologie strikes again

Dear Anthro, 

I’m extremely disappointed in you. It’s not the first time I’ve been disappointed after hearing you’ve copied the work of an independent designer, but it’s the first time it’s my work that you’ve copied.

So, yeah, I’m not in the cheeriest of moods today. I was just browsing Pinterest and noticed someone had tagged my book #Anthro. It took me a little while to understand what was going on after I clicked through to Anthropologie’s site. It was really an Anthro journal. I had risen to the level where my work is cool enough to be copied by Anthropologie. (Yay! Not.)

I realize both linen and gold are generic elements, but I still can’t find it in me to believe this is a coincidence. Anthropologie and its owner Urban Outfitters are notorious for copying indie designers (visit this blog post here, just for one example!), and it feels there’s nothing I can do about this. I’ve sent a cease and desist e-mail, pointing out the copying and asking to stop selling these journals that are clearly based on my creative work, but that’s pretty much all I can do on my own. I haven’t got the money or the health to lawyer up against a big company, so all I can do is ask you guys to please share this blog post, contact Anthro and ask them to quit this ridiculousness, and boycott them (if you don’t already)!

<3 Kaija

PS. I’ve got a good handful of gilt journals ready for listing tonight and tomorrow, so, if you’d like to own one that’s not a rip-off by Anthro, stop by at Paperiaarre and support an independent creative individual.

[EDIT: The issue is now resolved and Anthro withdraws their books from sale.]

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