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Two ring circus: the Karen Walker original that looks like a copy

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  • July 26, 2015
  • Jonathan Cotton
Two ring circus: the Karen Walker original that looks like a copy

Octavia Cook’s work is currently on display at the Anna Miles Gallery, and Anna Miles, owner of that gallery says she’s noticed some similarity between rings produced by Cook and a design from heavy-hitting mass-producer Karen Walker.

Both rings are made via the cameo method and feature a left facing female form sporting a ponytail.

Gallery owner Anna Miles, who has represented Cook’s work since 2003, stops short of calling plagiarism on Walker’s design, but says the similarities are striking, to say the least.

“Ponytailed cameos are not that common,” she says. “Octavia has been doing these sorts of designs since about 2000, and it’s been part of her livery ever since. [That motif] is central to what she’s doing as an artist.”

She sees the similarity as an example of how the corporate world willingly appropriates the work of smaller designers, often without credit or compensation.

“It’s a case of how you regard others and the creative work that they do,” she says.

“Do you respect it? Or is it just grist for the mill? I think it’s unfortunate that the creativity that these [smaller] jewellers exhibit and the value around their work just doesn’t have value in the corporate context.”

We asked Miles if it could be just a case of an unfortunate coincidence.

“If you could give me good evidence for coincidence, I’d love that.”

We contacted Karen Walker’s creative director, Mikhail Gherman, and asked him if the Karen Walker piece was inspired by Cook’s design.

“Absolutely not,” he says. “Our Runaway Girl Cameo ring (or anything that features this print) was in no way inspired by Octavia Cook’s work.”

“I drew the Runaway Girl silhouette with pen and paper in 2001 for our London show. The Runaway Girl was inspired by Victorian cut-outs and is a registered trademark worldwide. Product featuring the Runaway Girl silhouette has been in market in many different forms and interpretations since 2002, one of those forms being a cameo. Our cameo costume jewellery is an evolution of the Runaway Girl, a key part of the Karen Walker DNA."

“It’s a bit rich, and to be a frank, completely ridiculous for [Octavia Cook's] representatives to claim ownership of the cameo genre. Octavia herself has admitted that she is appropriating a traditional and common form.”

“I think [Cook’s] work is quite lovely and feel sad that her representatives have put her in this position by making ridiculous claims and accusations.”

As far as the ‘wisdom’ of Facebook goes, opinion seems to be divided.







So where does the truth lie, do you think? Innocent coincidence? Or corporate rip off?

This article was originally published on Idealog

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Kiwi Property makes $138m net profit for the year

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  • May 21, 2019
  • Radio New Zealand
Kiwi Property makes $138m net profit for the year

Kiwi Property has reported a strong full year underlying profit, as it continues to reinvest in its Auckland retail and office properties.

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Thankyou’s latest campaign combines scent and charity work

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  • May 21, 2019
  • StopPress Team
Thankyou’s latest campaign combines scent and charity work

Australian charity product organisation Thankyou has launched its latest Kiwi campaign, combining that fact that 100 percent of its profit goes towards helping end global poverty with its use of perfume-grade botanical oils in its products.

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From edible insects to beautiful homeware: Made of Tomorrow’s co-founder talks its new venture

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  • May 21, 2019
  • Idealog
From edible insects to beautiful homeware: Made of Tomorrow’s co-founder talks its new venture

Most people would be in agreement that bugs, planters and room dividers don’t have much in common, but Matt Genefaas and Dan Craig would beg to differ. The two juggle running an edible insect company, Crawlers, as well as a homeware company, Made of Tomorrow. Genefaas has a chat about what the new furniture range, Space Between, was inspired by, as well as how him and Craig spend their days in slashie roles moving between pushing dried insects to the world, as well as polished mirrors and space dividers.

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  • Jennifer Young
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Vodafone NZ sold to private investors for $3.4b

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  • May 21, 2019
  • Radio New Zealand
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  • May 16, 2019
  • Radio New Zealand
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