So there’s a reason why I haven’t been blogging much–I’ve been too busy! First I had another kerfuffle with the person who made the apparently derivative copies of my A Sense of Place art quilts (blogpost a couple of posts below this one in early March). She sicked an attorney on ME (!!!) for saying that she appeared to have clearly copied my work! She made all sorts of demands, only one of which I agreed to: I removed the letter she wrote to me from my original post. I had to spend two full days, right before the trip to Florida, dealing with this nonsense because they wanted a reply within 8 days–days when I would be away teaching! Sheesh! Anyway, I refused all requests other than the one above, such as I refused to retract my assertions that her works were derivative, refused to request the removal of the discussion of copyright from both of the closed art quilt groups on which I mentioned it (without EVER mentioning her by name or identifying her site!), refused to retract my requests to Etsy and Pinterest to remove her apparently derivative works. I wrote the attorney a LONG letter, starting with images of my works, a photocopy of a widely distributed book in which one was published (500 Art Quilts), and basically said “can you see what the problem is? Can this end now?” So…no reply to date from either of them so hopefully she will go away and learn her lesson. And I can get on with FUN STUFF! Like Florida.
The trip began with a flight delay leaving Maine (after getting to the airport at 5:20 am): the previous day there had been yet another snowstorm that messed up travel up and down the Eastern seaboard. There was no problem, however, because I had a four HOUR layover in Boston which, thanks to delays on United, turned into a six hour layover. Luckily, I was easily re-booked onto a later connecting flight and only got in about 90 minutes late, and didn’t have to teach or lecture until the following evening. AND my luggage showed up!
This was one of the most bizarre things I’ve seen…yes, that is a ROLLS ROYCE Pick-up truck. One has to ask WHY? The guy wandering buy seems as confused as I was!
I’m also taking an online photography course with Ricky Tims, so I was on the lookout for “texture” photos, and loved these palm fronds:
The first day I had a light supper with the guild board at QuiltStitches in Boca Raton (FB link here) owned by Johanna Felderbaum. It’s a great shop–stop in if you are in the area! She has a great range of fabrics. Waving hullo! That evening I gave my “How did she do that?” lecture, followed by Hawaiian Applique the next day. Then on Thursday, I flew from there (well, Fort Lauderdale airport) to Orlando where I was booked with the Ladies of the Lakes Guild in Lakeland, near Orlando. More on that in a few days!