o here is the infinite problem: What do you do when a huge corporation like Paperchase sucks the blood of a small independent artist with a super long, thick and huge straw?
And talking more specifically, my lovely girl from the artwork most of you know “He says he can hear the Forest whisper” has been stolen, badly traced and stuck in front of a poor (and separately traced) mushroom that now decorates untold numbers of notebooks, albums and tote bags sold throughout the UK through Paperchase and Amazonco.uk!
You would naturally answer: You contact Paperchase, inform them and ask for the item to be removed from their shops and Amazon and not be sold any more. Pretty much you cut their straw, right?
….and you are right! That's exactly what I did but Paperchase is not the best buddy to be friends with!
They basically ignore me in my face and keep selling the eye sore of a design all around the world!
Moreover the lawyers ask me astronomical amounts of money to deal with this seriously in the courts and I suspect that is exactly the reason why Paperchase ignores me in the first place.
Since I have written to them, Paperchase made sure to put up even more items for sale with my plagiarised art! I'm sure Paperchase think that there is nothing that can make them stop. Proof is that the albums in the link above are actually freshly listed after the notebooks that I had written them about have apparently sold out!
So please, if you are any bit angry or frustrated with huge n ancient vampires sucking the creative juice of indie artists, a simple e-mail sent to them here might save me from having to raise $40000 for court expenses!
So thank you Paperchase for making a killing out of my hard work! And an especially strong, bone-crackling bear hug to the anonymous designer that badly traced my art and then denied it!
If there ever was any doubt that this design is copied from my artwork, my lovable partner made sure to dispel the mist through way of joyous animation!
Lots of love, lovely people and a sincere thank you to all the fans and fellow artists that recognised the copy and told me about it!
xxx Hidden Eloise xxx
**** Update ****
I couldn't thank each and every one of you enough for the support and for standing up for what you feel is right! I am in awe and have been working hard to deal with all the million things that are happening at the same time today!
I still have not heard from Paperchase though they deemed it right to make a public statement. Which is pretty much the same thing they told me back in December: we got the design from a designer, we are not telling you who that is. The difference is that now they are saying they will look into it at least.
The Amazon item has been removed without a word. Well, I heard that it didn't get any high reviews anyway.
I have been contacted by various journalists in national papers, lawyers and oh so many other kind people that want to offer a helping hand one way or another. I will try to reply to each and every one of you as your generosity deserves but it will take some time. A huge thank you from my heart. I'm standing on the shoulders of giants so I will keep standing strong.