Monday, September 20, 2010

Barking up the Wrong Tree

Bullying..this topic has been coming up more and more. These days, bullying can happen anywhere, not only on the playground. In fact, it can even happen right in your inbox.

I was witness to some first class bullying this summer and I did all I could to stop it, but some bullies are relentless and the attackees would rather just give in then deal with the consequences of the attacker. There was an Oprah episode a couple of years ago that showed different staged situations and then recorded the behavior of passersby to see whether they stepped in to stop the bullying, or just kept on walking. Some didn't want to get involved and some went straight in and put a stop to it. I would be the person who stopped it for sure.



An unfortunate situation occurred this weekend involving a recent blog post and I became the victim of some email and comment bullying. Apparently, the Diva cocktail napkins recently photographed for House Beautiful and then featured on this blog are based on the artwork of Bill Davis, an artist from Columbia, South Carolina. Mr. Davis had no idea that Sharyn Blond had used his artwork until it was featured in House Beautiful. Obviously I had no idea of this, I just loved the napkins and expanded my blog post to cover the store that sells them and many others. One of Mr. Davis' friends contacted me on Saturday to let me know what was going on. I replied that I felt terrible for him but would certainly amend my post to give Mr. Davis credit for the artwork. The first two emails were nice and then a barrage of emails flew into my inbox as word spread that my blog was featuring the Diva napkins. When all of this exploded, I was out for the day but went into an Apple store and used one of their computers to fix the post and add a link so readers could see more of his work.

Now, as an artist, I am completely sympathetic with Mr. Davis. I certainly would not want to see my work featured in a national magazine passed off as someone else's, and I hope that he is able to reach a solution to this injustice with Ms. Blond. But, I will not be bullied by anyone, most certainly by people who hide behind the anonymity of blog comments without email addresses. I replied to most of them thanking them for emailing me and explained that I would fix my post but some continued to send harassing emails. What a mess...


So, to clarify..the Divas napkins featured in House Beautiful are based on the artwork of Bill Davis, a self taught artist whose works are featured at this gallery and throughout South Carolina. His Divas collection is his best known work. Here are two of his Diva paintings.



Mr. Davis has since contacted me himself and thanked me for clarifying the situation. I think some of his understandably protective friends thought I was the one stealing his design. I hope all of this attention will lead to some art sales for him!
Hope everyone had a good weekend!!

13 comments:

Twist of Lime said...

Don't you hate that! I had a very nasty person send me an e-mail once, too. That is when I decided to not use any of my family's names on my Blog. You never know who is out there, right:)

JMW said...

You know, one comment making you aware of the situation is enough. Why people have to jump on board and be hateful, continuously bombarding you with rude comments, is going overboard. In fact, it could create the opposite effect. It may make someone, perhaps this reader, be less likely to purchase said artist's cocktail napkins. Think before you attack, people!

JMW said...

You know, one comment making you aware of the situation is enough. Why people have to jump on board and be hateful, continuously bombarding you with rude comments, is going overboard. In fact, it could create the opposite effect. It may make someone, perhaps this reader, be less likely to purchase said artist's cocktail napkins. Think before you attack, people!

Denie said...

I LOVE his work! He also sounds like a nice person!

Landlocked Mermaid said...

honey, you did right by him and that is all that matters. this post is perfect and I hope the matter is closed for you xo

Grove Gals said...

So sorry you had to go through this! I wonder if these nameless faceless people contacted House Beautiful or just went after you! I hope this week is bully and drama free!

Stephanie said...

I really hate that. Why can't people just be nice or just not say anything??

cdiaz said...

ugh!

Carole said...

You were so good to amend your post and credit the artist. I am often surprised at the nastiness of some people who harass and bully even after there has been a resolution to the problem/situation.

Kudos to you for rising above it all.

LaShell said...

Kristen, I was the one who commented here on your blog the first time with Bills link. A link to your blog was going around facebook and I think thats where the confusion set in. I'm sorry you had to go through that. You weren't the only one I contacted. I have tried to email all the bloggers and am in the process of emailing the magazines.
Thank you for giving Bill credit, I spoke with him the other day. You were right, alot of protective friends were outraged and probably didn't realize who they were contacting. I sent out a link of the newest blog concerning this on facebook so I hope this helps with the hate mail. Have a wonderful evening~Shelly

Ms. Revente's Musings said...

Please, please note I never intended for anyone to get the idea you had done anything wrong re all of this. You responded immediately to my email concerning this and corrected it immediately. I apologize for those who mistakenly thought you were Sharyn Blond.

Ms. Revente's Musings said...

Please forgive those who mistakenly thought you were the one who had featured the napkins w/o crediting Bill.
You immediately responded to my email and corrected your blog.
(I think many of his friends and fans were very upset and being protective)
Debbie Mcdaniel

Summer is a Verb said...

Whaaa??? I missed all the excitement! SEnd 'em all Kelly Bensimon's way :)