and the winners are…
Posted in (blog)house news, pia's photos, street cred June 3rd, 2011 by pia

wow, getting a hundred comments was like pulling teeth! But we made it in the end and created a great wave of enthusiasm across various social networks as well as had fun doing so all the while and that’s what matters. I can’t thank you all enough for making the effort to spread the word about giving credit, I do hope it’s a topic of conversation that keeps spreading to help make the online community we have going here a more rewarding and inspiring place to be. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading all your comments and blog posts in reaction to the new “giving credit” prints.

Choosing winners has been rather more difficult than I expected as there have been so many thoughtful comments. Among them I loved Natalie’s honesty in her comment,

“I have to admit I’m not the best at giving credit where credit is deserved… the part about finding it on weheartit really hit home. I will for sure go that extra step and give the original person credit”

along with Tricia’s fab frankness,

“Not only is it common courtesy, it’s the right thing to do. Stand up and be proud of things you find interesting and beautiful instead of feeling jealous and insecure – promote your fellow artists work and it will come back to you.”

I loved this remark from sweet Hayley:

“The internet is an intricate WEB of information, not a one way flowing river, and really, giving credit is just good karma!”

while Michelle said,

“I would feel almost as if part of my identity were stolen”.

Dear Tara wrote,

“too many people seem to mistakenly have the idea that anything online is free” which I whole-heartedly agree, and mommycammille said,

“If something is good enough to capture your attention, then you owe the creator credit” – indeed.

Another one that resonated with me was this from Kim:

“…for me personally it can be so frustrating to come across an image and want to know more – who made it, where it came from, the story behind it – but not have even a link or a name as a jumping off point!”

And this one from Dara:

“It is hard enough to create works of art without having to worry that your creativity and talent will get taken from you. There is nothing easier than adding a little “photo by” at the bottom of a photograph or image. If nothing else, it gives the artist a little jolt of appreciation and if there’s one thing we could all appreciate more in this world, it is artists.”

See the difficulties in picking two clear winners? But I finally chose two. Please join me in giving thanks and congratulations to Rebecca and Debbie for their lovely comments…

These are stunning!! I love the deep sea colour.
Reading this flow chart has made me realise that I need to work harder at giving appropriate credit when I use other peoples images. The old saying ‘do to others as you would like done to you’ comes to mind, and I’d love to be properly recognised for the work that I’ve done & others should be too.
Also, I feel that if we recognise people properly for their effort, they will continue creating & inspiring (which can only lead to more good things!).
Thanks for creating such an inspiring blog xx

As a teacher librarian I am always driving home the message of plagiarism to my students as they have no concept of intellectual property. I would love one of these posters to have in the classroom to teach a whole new generation to respect and credit the intellectual property and the creativity of others! Wonderful idea!

Thank you everyone for your support, encouragement and continued enthusiasm for this topic. Remember, for those of us who blog, we were all blog novices at some point and no doubt posted images with ‘sources unknown’ in the early days. But we’ve learnt, and this print is a culmination of what we’ve learnt and what we feel is important to pass on to others who are new to the online world, or who have not quite worked out the importance of crediting thus far. This is a starting point, a place to create awareness and support of one another.

May online artists prosper!

all photos taken on my iphone using instragram

While on the topic of crediting, I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you to my dear friend Kylie who, when I hollered from her living room a few weeks ago, “I’m hopeless at picking colour words  – have you any ideas for words that are more creative than ‘green, pink, yellow and grey?” and she answered boldly and confidently, “yes! how about ‘deep sea, fuchsia, butterscotch and storm cloud’!” Brilliant I thought, and hence the names of the print colours were born. Kylie and her incredibly generous creative community in Brisbane will be the topic of my next post, so stay tuned.


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  1. Luisa Brimble says

    Congratulations Rebecca and Debbie!!!!

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  2. Ana says

    That is such an interesting topic. I try my best to give credit and if I forget the source I look for it and go back to credit.

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  3. athena says

    congrats to the winners, and the well-thought answers from all! i just received my print (storm cloud 🙂 in the mail yesterday. love it and cannot wait to hang it in my small office space.

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  4. sammy and glenn says

    hi pia,

    we haven’t been keeping up with reading the blogs we love lately (or posting on our own blog for that matter – until today) so we missed your competition unfortunately. but we are catching up now and just wanted to say how much we loved reading this post and everyone’s comments.
    giving credit to someone for their work is so important, it’s something that we feel strongly about, especially as designer makers. alot of the comments you mentioned in this post really hit home with us.
    well done on the new “giving credit” prints. we are off to catch up on the rest of your blog.

    sammy & glenn

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  5. Rosa says

    I am pretty new to blogging, but I always try to link back to wherever I got an image… I have to say that I am really impressed with your iphone photos! I have an iphone, but guess I haven’t really mastered it yet!

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  6. Dee Purdy says

    love these posters and the amazing community spirit that they’re generating……i ordered your book in London Pia and then it arrived and I was so excited….and then I decided that actually, I should give this copy to a friend who has just started maternity leave, instead… off I go to order another copy….and then I’m sure that I’ll realise that there’s someone else who would love the next copy that drops through the letter box….and so it goes until I’ve distributed your book across the island.

    June 3rd, 2011 | #

  7. theresa/t does wool says

    congrats to the winners…

    June 4th, 2011 | #

  8. Debbie Northway says

    How exciting! Thank you!


    June 5th, 2011 | #

  9. MissHeliotrope says

    On a lighter note, the wattle picture is beautiful.

    There is a lot more lovely & stylish Australian stuff (not necessarily Australiana) around these days, which I love.

    June 6th, 2011 | #

  10. natalie marie says

    I couldn’t be happier to be a loser right now! This is the very first time anyone (well that I didn’t know) has ever written about me on their blog and linked it back to mine!!!! yippee!!!


    June 10th, 2011 | #

  11. Tara Bradfod says

    Congrats to the lucky winners! It’s wonderful to see your posters helping spread the word about intellectual property rights and blogging etiquette/fair play. Thanks for mentioning my comment. xx

    June 10th, 2011 | #

  12. Natalie Marie says

    I couldn’t be happier to be a loser! I have never had someone ( well that I don’t know) write about me and link it back to my blog! I’m so excited! Thank you for making my day!



    June 10th, 2011 | #

  13. nolitawanders says

    Simply love all your photos, they are such inspirations 🙂

    June 11th, 2011 | #

  14. Amber says

    Your post on ‘giving credit’ has really struck a chord with me! I am about to embark on my own blogging journey, and I am so thankful to have read your thoughts and the inspiring comments on this topic before I started blogging. Hats off to the true creative types who open their minds and their hearts to the world!

    June 24th, 2011 | #

  15. Debbie Northway says

    My gift prize has arrived safely – thank you so much.

    July 7th, 2011 | #

  16. Rohan says

    It’s stunning what photos can be taken with an iPhone. I always say it’s the end product, not the tool that you used that’s important with photography. Thanks for sharing.

    August 2nd, 2011 | #

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