A hot topic came to light yesterday, as a friend highlighted a very important situation happening in the small business crafting community.
A lady in the United States, has a patent on the reworking of a man's shirt into a piece of child's clothing, and as a result, many sellers on etsy that sell wares looking vaguely similar to the patented designs, have had their listings removed.
It is a rather strange situation, and one that many are still trying to get their head around. It is understandable that many smaller scale designers would want to have their work protected from potential copy, however, techniques to upcycle a man's shirt to a garment for a child, have surely been in existence since WWII?
There is a facebook group (Save Up-Cycling) set up by a few individuals that have been affected by this apparent situation, trying to gain some sort of light as to what is really going on here, and how they can fight save their own small sewing businesses.
I would highly encourage anyone with an interest in upcycled fashion to follow the story.