Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Pledge

I am an ethical crafter. I may craft as a hobby, to feed and clothe my family or in the hopes of making my mark or even my fortune. I know any of these reasons is a valid one and worth pursuing. Whatever my reason for crafting, I want to be a respectable member of the community, so I pledge the following:

I will make what I love and love what I make all the while making certain that it’s not illegal, harmful or wasteful. Not knowing what laws, licensing or restrictions apply to my craft and/or business is not an excuse. I will do my research, ask questions and find out everything I need to know.

When applicable, I will craft good relationships within the crafting community because I know that my conduct is important if I want to be a part of it. I don’t have to like everyone (or what they make), but I will remember no one has to like me either. I will treat others the way I want to be treated. I will respect other crafters’ opinions on sharing or protecting supply sources, methods and other information.

If someone else has a great idea, I will praise them. I may be inspired by them. I may even let their work influence me. But I will make sure my copies are for personal use and not profit. If I really can make it better, then I will make it much better, much different and own up to my inspiration, giving credit, whenever possible, to the original maker.

Above all, I pledge to help people who are new to the crafting community become aware of these standards when appropriate and in a gentle manner.

To sign the pledge leave your name, web site and location below in comments. ~JD

21 comments:

  1. Sara Cowan http://www.deluxeok.net/

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  2. JD McCoy http://jdstar.net/ Oklahoma City

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  3. Stephanie Moore http://www.etsy.com/shop/wearme

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  4. Adrian Mix
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/friedokra

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  5. Kiamichi Goodbear
    http://luksicreations.blogspot.com/

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  6. Kelly Thompson
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/accessoriesbykelly

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  7. Holly Hall
    www.sweetheartville.com
    Oklahoma

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  8. Nikki Halgren
    Gleeful Peacock
    http://www.gleefulpeacock.etsy.com

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  9. Jean May
    http://etsy.com/shop/jmayoriginals
    and
    http://etsy.com/shop/survivorarts

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  10. Briana Hefley-Shepard! :)
    www.facebook.com/sheezkrafty
    www.sheezkrafty.blogspot.com

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  11. Christine Sharp-Crowe

    weatherandnoise.net
    christinesharpcrowe.com
    indieemporium.com
    maketulsa.com

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  12. I'll make that pledge!
    www.stitchuation.etsy.com

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  13. Frank Shedden

    www.buckboardwoodworks.etsy.com

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  14. WendiG

    http://msexilei.blogspot.com/

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  15. connie

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/ConnieLouFabrics

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  16. Christine

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/raininggiraffes

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  17. No webpage yet but have a facebook page
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Edge-Art-Studio/201261756572466

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  18. Moira Coon

    http://moiracoon.blogspot.com/

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  19. This is a beautiful page and a beautifully-expressed pledge. Christine Rugullies
    http://www.christinesdolls.com

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