I think you're being too harsh, but I see why you could think that.

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Posted by Lauren on June 27, 2002 at 21:04:15:

In reply to: Originality issues- advice needed posted by Nick on June 27, 2002 at 20:42:04:

At Sirius, someone commented that your work looks a lot like
Navneet's stuff in the composition. There's nothing wrong with that!
I think you're seeing that your work owes a lot to your earlier
influences, but that doesn't mean it's all just a copy. It's like if
you took a puzzle and reorganized the pieces to make a different
picture. Is that art? I'd say so.
I also feel the same way a lot of the time. I see great stuff and I
want to use it. I see designs in art, in fabric, and in nature. all
design has to come from somewhere. I don't think that one source of
inspiration should be looked on as inferior to any other.
Then again, if you're doing traditional work, you're going to be
using the same design motifs as everyone else. If you do Indian
patterns, at some point you will use a paisley. At some point you
will accent something with little question-mark squiggles. At some
point you will use a checkerboard fill, a lotus, or those concentric
circle flower things. If you do modern arabic style, you will do
flowers and cornucopia thingies. Moroccan stuff has lots of lines
with line-leaves. It's the nature of the type of design. If you did
something else, that would also be fine, but it wouldn't be the
tradition you (and many of us) love so much. It's how you put it
together that makes it original, and makes it art. I think your work
does that beautifully.


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