All fashion collections are created using inspiration. Often inspiration can come from art or prints updated, reimagined, or changed. But there is a fine line between inspiration and copyright infringement. While copyright laws are not hard to access they are complicated and often a copyright lawyer is necessary. Additionally, there are copyright fees and renewal fees assuming the artist files within two years of their work being published or publicly displayed. Copyright law should be easier for the artists and stricter for the infringer. If the artist does not sue the infringer, which they can only do if their work is legally copyrighted, within three years of the infringement the artist has no legal standing. Artists should have more time to file for their copyrights and a longer statute of limitations to sue infringers. Lastly, artists should know more about the rights over their work. I want to bring attention to this issue through my collection.
In my collection I created prints inspired by artwork of female artists that are clearly different from their original designs. Thus showing how to take inspiration and make it your own. I also will create patterns in non-traditional ways, through embroidered polka dots and layering fabric on top of my prints creating a new pattern. I will include sheer fabrics to represent the transparency that should be in copyright law. Additionally, I will feature fluid silhouettes to embody the fluidity that should be in copyright renewal.
Mrs. Linda Ohrn
“Patterned Infringement” explores the way copyright law affects art and the fashion industry. Fashion collections often take inspiration from art or prints updated, reimagined, or changed. But there is a fine line between inspiration and copyright infringement. Taking indirect inspiration from the work of Yayoi Kusama and Nellie Row Mae I created prints. I further manipulated those prints by combining them, laying other fabric over them, and altering the print itself. Additionally, I played with the concept of a print by creating a pattern through embroidery. By doing this I show how to successfully use inspiration without infringing artists.