Just a little more info to start your week with...
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Here are a few pics I took of my daughter three years ago when we were experimenting making jewelry from recycled chain and fabric scraps. I am thinking of re-visiting this concept - just more refined.
Any suggestions? I have a few ideas but always love input.
Posted by Rock N Revolution at 2:29 PM
In this shaky economy, store owners are less apt to buy and more apt to consign.
Less risk equals more cash flow and more products to entice customers which also leads to more exposure for the artist or vendor.
I have been on both sides of this fence. Neither side can be pretty at times, however if you have a good relationship that has structure and boundaries, it can be a wonderful prosperous venture for both parties.
Here is an article I found that might be of help to vendors.
As far as store owners go, there are amendments that need to be made to accommodate vendors who abandon their merchandise and think that showing up a year later entitles them to get paid and or get their merchandise. At some point, you are likely to become a storage unit - especially if the items don't sell.
Where does the store owner's responsibility end? I plan to inquire about that, I can assure you.
This artist I am speaking of as it turns out, had no contact information on her contract or invoice, so I had no way of finding her - until she found me. Which is pretty easy since I am in the same city, I have previous blogs that link to my current one with a current email address. It wouldn't have taken much to contact me if she was that concerned with her product. But a year? Really?
My suggestion to store owners is to have your own consignment contract with your own guidelines that acknowledge your state's UCC code.
I plan on consulting my uber fabulous business attorney Laurie Butler to have one specifically tailored for my store and share it with all of you very soon!
These pictures were taken at my old store Revolution Malibu across from Zuma Beach in April of 09
Posted by Rock N Revolution at 11:55 AM
Friday, January 29, 2010
N.E.E.T is probably the most colorful, well designed, edited online magazine I have ever seen.
Amazing, informative stories of indie designers
( many are ETSY shop owners ), fabulous pictorials,
D.I.Y. articles and more...
Click here to read more!
via s.f. girl by the bay
Posted by Rock N Revolution at 7:18 AM
Thursday, January 28, 2010
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Monday, January 25, 2010
California takes very seriously the laws that govern the creative rights of individuals - no surprise since we are the movie industry capitol. Intellectual Property Law is not widely known or understood by most artists but is crucial in protecting your rights - especially if your art is being used and profited from someone who does not have the written right to do so. In fact, you can never really give away your total intellectual property rights, even if someone writes you check for a painting, artwork or graphics, photos etc...
Transferring the piece of artwork does not transfer your rights associated to that image you created. The only way to do so is if you have expressly given the rights in writing to use and reproduce your images and/or use your images to profit from.
A well known artist, we'll call him "Peter" created three album covers for a well known rock band. My good friend Laurie Butler represented "Peter" at the time, negotiated a deal that allowed "Peter" and the rock band to mutually benefit from specific tour merchandise using "Peter's" icons and artwork. This was possible because although "Peter" gave the rock band the original artwork, he never transferred his rights associated with the artwork. Therefore establishing in layman's terms an "automatic" copyright.
So what should you do if you find out someone is using your "intellectual property" without your express permission? First, send them a "Cease and Desist" letter. You can find various versions online. Include photos ( preferably of theirs and yours ) showing the violation and demanding they stop infringing on your rights. It is vitally important to document everything in writing, and send these documents by tracking mail or delivery system.
If you feel your damages are significant, you should hire an attorney and if you are in L.A. there is none better than Laurie Butler. Call her at 310-575-5600.
Some battles are worth fighting. This is one of them.
*photo via ffffound. This is not the album cover I am referring to in this article.
Posted by Rock N Revolution at 7:25 AM
Sunday, January 24, 2010
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Saturday, January 16, 2010
Imitation may be the best form of flattery to some, but not until you see someone attempting to benefit financially from your hard work, research and development. You must read this article I found via Gala Darling.
In 2006 I started researching recycled fabrics and techniques. I started with a company that I admired called Project Alabama. The company's founder Natalie Chanin had since moved on to start Alabama Chanin.
( Alabama Chanin coat at left ).
Their style, although beautiful, is very southern, not really what I was looking for but the technique and how it is applied sold me on the spot. I developed my own patterns, stencils and artwork and brought the look to a whole new level. See the sweater and skirt with the skulls ( part of my most recent collection ).
My work was even mentioned on Alabama Chanin's website here.
I started with a basic t-shirt pattern and a skull stencil I developed. The skulls and rock n roll vibe are the essence of this line. The skulls I developed are definitive and I wanted them to be recognizable. Obviously, they were because not one, but two people have blatantly knocked them off.
The Jimi Hendrix t-shirt at left is the first of my rock n roll designs.
Then as time went on I decided to take vintage rock n roll tees and apply the same technique and rhinestone them. Same person blatantly knocked off that design and pattern too.
My question is now, where do you draw the line? The good news is I have a very good friend ( and business attorney ) Laurie Butler who can help me make that decision. Not many people are as lucky as I am.
So what would you do? Would you sue, or would let it go?
That is the question.
Posted by Rock N Revolution at 1:49 PM
Friday, January 15, 2010
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Wednesday, January 6, 2010
I have been hired to create the new cover of a book written by one of the original artists signed by Apple Records. This gentleman and his group were discovered by Paul Mc Cartney and opened for Led Zeppelin. Great story that is about to be converted to film...
I have my good friend Laurie ( the uber-fabulous business attorney ) to thank for this meeting. I must add uber-fabulous agent to her title too now!
* P.s. I would like to thank the Glamourai for the title of this post. Genius!
Posted by Rock N Revolution at 6:30 AM
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
The concept behind Rock and Revolution has always been vintage and rock and roll, however, 2K10 deserves a shining new example of that style.
We are actually going to be closing for two weeks during January to apply these new design concepts and collections of premium designer vintage. Vintage furniture is going to be retro-fitted so we can move our fixtures around always giving it a fresh new look.
Our collections are taking on new identities to stay ahead of the face paced fashion scene..
Out with the old, in with the new - that's what real designers do : )
Posted by Rock N Revolution at 6:23 PM