Having said that I do believe in synchronicity, especially as we all have the internet, the world is a smaller place and what influences the work of an artist in Estonia may be simultaneously influencing me. I went for a wander through some of my favourite shops on Etsy last night and stopped at Bonheur (see link down the side). Let's get this straight I LOVE this shop, not only is her work beautiful but she styles and photographs it so well too. When I clicked the favourite button just before Christmas, she had mainly jewellery in her shop. Last night I saw lots of artwork and bags, absolutely lovely stuff but at the same time my blood ran cold because 2 of her images are so similar to things I have been working on over the last few weeks!!! I just never manage to work on drawings and images for myself anymore, and when I finally do.... arrrrggghhhhh!
The Marie Antoinette style lady with piled up hair festooned with jewellery, butterflies and flowers is quite a generic image I guess and we could both have been influenced by many things from old paintings to fashion magazines, besides, my image isn't too similar to hers. But the Crow wearing a necklace (he's so sweet by the way) is just too spookily similar to an image of a Magpie wearing a strand of pearls and a tiny crown that I've been working on. He even has lacey patterns in his black feathers, just like Bonheur"s image!!! FREAKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I won't show them to you (mine) as they are still huge unfinished many layered photoshop files and beside I don't want to be accused of copying. I did not copy, I haven't seen any of this new work before, haven't been into her shop since before Christmas, I swear.
So how did these images get into my head over here in Wales and over to Bonheur in Estonia without me copying her? The weirdest part in all this is that I was intending them for a series of shopper bags I'm making!!! Bonheur"s images are on bags too, although a little different to the ones I'm planning. And let's not forget that she got there way before me! It just goes to show that we are all Magpies picking through the vast input of imagery the internet provides us with and picking out similarly shiny little gems.
The big question now is what do I do? Do I abandon all this work or do I rework it until there isn't too much similarity. I don't want to be accused of copying and would be mortified if the positions were reversed. What would you do? I think I might even ask Bonheur for her opinion!