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By Cean Irminger

By day I am an upstanding mosaic designer for New Ravenna Mosaics on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. By night I am a superdork drawing whatever weird things pop into my head. By morning I'm exhausted.

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Description:

"While the moon floats over the ocean, a rabbit runs over the waves. What interesting island scenery." So translates a Noh poem of a white rabbit who

"While the moon floats over the ocean, a rabbit runs over the waves. What interesting island scenery." So translates a Noh poem of a white rabbit who crosses the ocean from Okino Island to Inaba by using the backs of sharks as stepping stones. This popular motif in Japanese decoration has always seemed so beautiful and a bit haunting to me. I've combined it with elements inspired by Hokusai's unparalleled series "Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji", and the folk tale of the rabbit who lives on the moon, pounding out the ingredients for the elixir of life with his mortar and pestle.

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magenta...

magentarosedesigns says: Amazing design!!

Posted over 2 years ago.

patsijean

patsijean says: I am pleased that this is a taupe/grey as that will suit my coloring much better.

Posted almost 3 years ago.

luna_bunny

luna_bunny says: OMG!!! This is gorgeous. I will order it soon <3

Posted over 3 years ago.

krussim...

krussimages says: Cean, like so many others, I have loved and coveted this design since I first joined the SF community over a year ago. It is now in my shopping cart. I'll post a picture of the finished product. NEVER stop making art. The loss would be too great. Kim@krussimages

Posted over 3 years ago.

marina_...

marina_hina says: no wallpaper?

Posted over 3 years ago.

lizzbethh

lizzbethh says: I LOVE this more than I can say.

Posted almost 4 years ago.

stephen...

stepheninorton says: Linen Cotton Canvas

stepheninorton uploaded a project image link for ceanirminger's design Moon Rabbit :

Rrrrrrrmoon-rabbit-re_comment_386446_thumb

Posted almost 4 years ago.

littlef...

littlefrogpond says: Holy moley, your designs are beautiful.

Posted about 4 years ago.

sparkle...

sparklepriestess says: Wow! So beautiful!

Posted about 4 years ago.

moirarae

moirarae says: Absolutely brilliant and incredibly beautiful!

Posted over 4 years ago.

vinpauld

vinpauld says: This is beautiful!

Posted over 4 years ago.

botanica

botanica says: I love seeing the projects people make with this fabric.

Posted over 4 years ago.

mus

mus says: Oh! i love this fabric! :) i might order some later! :D

Posted over 4 years ago.

capgar

capgar says: Link too more pics

Posted over 4 years ago.

capgar

capgar says: The moment I saw this fabric, I knew I had to make a bag for my friend. I used the linen/cotton canvas.

Posted over 4 years ago.

smudgeart

smudgeart says: BEAUTIFUL! ... Maddy

Posted over 4 years ago.

ceanirm...

ceanirminger says: mirromaru, that apron is amazing! thanks so so much for sharing a pic and sorry it's taken me so long to see it. i love it!

Posted over 4 years ago.

mirromaru

mirromaru says: I had to make this, your fabric design is gorgeous <3

mirromaru uploaded a project image link for ceanirminger's design Moon Rabbit :

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Posted over 4 years ago.

avatarp...

avatarprime says: I love your dress idea! You made a truly beautiful pattern. I'll have to give it a go.

Posted about 5 years ago.

ceanirm...

ceanirminger says: I'm utterly blown away by the design and execution of this dress, Nezumi! It's enchanting! Thanks so much for posting the pics!

Posted over 5 years ago.

nezumitoo

nezumitoo says: Here's another of my dress shown worn.

nezumitoo uploaded a project image link for ceanirminger's design Moon Rabbit :

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Posted over 5 years ago.

nezumitoo

nezumitoo says: I just finished this dress about a week ago using this beautiful print [in cotton voile]. I absolutely adore this design <3

nezumitoo uploaded a project image link for ceanirminger's design Moon Rabbit :

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Posted over 5 years ago.

i_c_u

i_c_u says: So creative and beautiful!

Posted over 5 years ago.

victori...

victorialasher says: In case anyone reading this wondered what Kozyndan thought about this design; they liked it and you can see their comment here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/spoonflower/5454027286/in/photostream/

Posted over 6 years ago.

jean5

jean5 says: Are there any fabrics that coodinate with Gnome Alaska?

Posted over 6 years ago.

dhawktx

dhawktx says: Victoria, yes, it's most noticeable up at the moon and beyond - and it's pinks, then blues, then pins, etc...THAT's what makes it noticeable. But it's not an issue in my case, was just letting cean know to watch out for it! If I look hard at the fabric, I can see the banding even further down, but early on Spoonflower warned that gradients sometimes fell victim to it.

Posted over 6 years ago.

victori...

victorialasher says: I can see some banding on my monitor; but I didn't see it in the pictures Spoonflower posted so I thought it wasn't an issue. Are the pinks up in the really light part of the sky? This is why 8" swatches just don't cut it for me.

Posted over 6 years ago.

dhawktx

dhawktx says: cean, I got the quilting weight, not the sateen. On mine it's a lovely taupe grey. I'll try to take a scan of the banding - but it could have just been a croupy printer that day (it happens!) The most noticeable is in part of the fabric I'm not using anyway, so I'm a happy camper! Love the red eyes on the overall cool-toned composition!

Posted over 6 years ago.

ceanirm...

ceanirminger says: hey all! Sorry, been away. I'm looking at my yard now and I can't find any banding on my sateen, dhawktx. Can you pinpoint exactly where you see it? And Sklater, I originally colored this with a hint of taupe to keep the spirit of the Hokusai inspiration, but the SF flickr pics def looks grayer than the monitor or my sateen, so I'm not sure if it's a color shift in the quilting weight or the sateen. I feel mine still has a decidedly silver feel, but that may be due to the shimmer of the fabric. Any way, to me taupe isn't a mistake, but if you feel it was misrepresented at all I'll see what I can do to help you fix it. Thanks for the heads up, ladies!

Posted over 6 years ago.

dhawktx

dhawktx says: Just got mine and it has some minor issues with banding, where one band is blue-ish, the next is pink-ish, etc. Even has a tiny streak of red/pink where it's real pale. It probably won't show on my application, but I was curious if anyone else has had any banding in the graduated sky area?

Posted over 6 years ago.

victori...

victorialasher says: There are 7 pics posted on Flickr and I think it looks gray in all of them, even without the rabbit. Click on either image above and it will take you right to them in the photostream. I would send Spoonflower a message about it.

Posted over 6 years ago.

victori...

victorialasher says: sklater, you should contact Spoonflower about that color shift. The Flickr pics they posted definitely look gray!

Posted over 6 years ago.

ceanirm...

ceanirminger says: Thank you everybody, and Weaving major, that was a masterful critique, and I'm not just saying that because it was flattering, promise! You have a future as a college art teacher, I think. You all have me giddy with warm feelings. I felt like one of those freaked rabbits on Dan and Kozy's wave at the start of this debacle, but now I feel much more relaxed and chill like one of my ghost bunnies. The Year of the Rabbit is shaping up to be one wild ride indeed!

Posted over 6 years ago.

uzumakijo

uzumakijo says: well goodness me, what a palaver! at the risk of being completely redunant here as all the furore is now over, i just wanted to add my unwavering support of Cean, her talents and general upstanding nature! i hadn't come across kozyndan's piece prior to this, and now i have i totally agree with weaving majors comparision of the two designs, as in although the idea is similar in essence, the actual art works are completely different in many...and important respects! of course artists are going to have similar ideas from time to time - especially when employing a similar theme. I think it was a bit mean-spirited to jump to the wrong conclusions and put a dampener on Cean's win, as others have said, a message privately to the designer would have been much more appropiate! - anyway congrats again Cean, a stunning and masterfully done, superbly gorgeous design! and wonderfully worded response. much more gracious than those who questioned your work deserve.

Posted over 6 years ago.

poetryqn

poetryqn says: Nicely done, Cean - both the design and your grace under fire. Congratulations on the win.:-)

Posted over 6 years ago.

amel24

amel24 says: A beautiful design- congratulations on your win!

Posted over 6 years ago.

mondkan...

mondkanikel says: Whaaaa! This fabric is really amazing! It reminds me somehow of 'The las Unicorn' when the Unicorns coming out of the sea. (I really love this scene) I love Rabbits and also Japan. You catched this Japanese-style really really good! And also the little Rabbits under the sea are totally great! In this pattern everything fits perfectly! Really beautiful!

Posted over 6 years ago.

victori...

victorialasher says: Congratulations Cean. This is a beautiful design. You did not deserve the comments that were so rudely made about this design. <p>Thank you Weavingmajor for a well thought out contrast, and comparison, of the two works of art. I would like to add that Cean's wave appears to be almost a large whitecap, creating a design of relatively small waves traveling across the sea with her rabbits frolicking along the way; this scale is related to the size of the rabbits in comparison to the height of the wave. On the other hand, Kozyndan's wave appears to be a large and dangerous storm wave, with small terrified rabbits struggling in the water. Hokusai's "The Great Wave off Kanagawa", which Cean credits as an inspiration, is most definitely a large and dangerous wave, swamping the boats at it's base. <p>To those who so rudely commented about the originality of this design: a few other works came to my mind when you raised your objections to an artist doing a different interpretation of a subject. The first one to pop into my head was the story "The Mitten", with it's many interpretations, all of which involve animals inside a mitten. The second was all the versions of Santa Claus, in his red suit, with the white trim, and black boots.

Posted over 6 years ago.

weaving...

weavingmajor says: I'd seen Kozyndan's "uprisings" long ago - and later forgotten it until it was brought up here in this thread. After looking at it again, what really amazes and impresses me is how different (though both beautiful and skillfully rendered) the two works of art are. <p> Even if Cean's was directly inspired by 'Uprisings' (though she said it was not, and I believe her) - the feel of the two images are so different. In Uprisings the colors are warm - I love that green sky! - and the rabbits look like they're running from the waves, trying to escape. In Moon Rabbit the rabbits look at one with the waves, dreamlike; the colors and the mood are those of a moonlit night - with the electrifying addition of a deep blood red that charges the design with a surreal energy. <p> The rabbits are rendered so differently too. The Uprisings rabbits almost look like stuffed animals as they're tossed by the waves - as though the waves have the power and the rabbits are helplessly propelled by them; they head in all different directions - while the Moon Rabbits seem to have a power of their own, with their clear red eyes and the angularity of their outstretched arms and ears; all but one facing forward and racing with the waves. <p> And the waves: the Uprisings wave is essentially vertical: a single wave gathering power, seen from three-quarters view, opposed and balanced by the solid form of Mt. Fuji. The wave dominates the whole frame of the image. But the motion in Moon Rabbits is more circular or rocking - a continual rising and falling, seen from the side, rather than focusing on one particular moment or one particular wave's crest. Necessarily so, since Cean went to the added work of putting her design into a beautiful repeat. And in the full yard view, the waves are an amazingly small part of the entire image, barely reaching 1/3 of the way into the sky. <p> That's not even touching the genius of Cean's mirrored rabbits and moons as a border, the churning bunny in the moon, the starry sky that fades from grey to silver to white. <p> Even though these two works of art both borrow from the same folktales and imagery, it doesn't take much thoughtful looking to see that the two designs, though both beautifully conceived and executed, are completely different from each other in mood, in execution, in overall feel. In fact, seeing them both together makes me appreciate each of them more for the works of art they truly are. Well done, Cean, and well done, Dan and Kozy.

Posted over 6 years ago.

cean_fan

cean_fan says: I'm not changing my name. CEAN ROCKS!

Posted over 6 years ago.

ceanirm...

ceanirminger says: Ha! thanks everyone for all of the support and congrats and just plain awesomeness. Cean-fan, you are great, you can re-chain your inner German Shepard now, and you'll probably want to change your user name. I'm calling in sick today and leaving you with the workload. Ha ha!

Posted over 6 years ago.

cean_fan

cean_fan says: I signed up to this site just so I could comment on the load bull being said about the artist above. I've known Cean as a colleague and a close friend for years and she is the last person on earth that would plagiarize. She has way to much catholic guilt. There is a huge difference between copying a design and being inspired by design. These comments about her character are just plain rude and you all should be ashamed of yourselves.

Posted over 6 years ago.

nadja_p...

nadja_petremand says: congrats for this wonderful design !

Posted over 6 years ago.

bora

bora says: Congrats! Very beautiful!!! A well deserved win!!!

Posted over 6 years ago.

erin_le...

erin_lebeau says: whew! glad i missed the drama :) if anything, this has made me look even closer at cean's work here & appreciate it all the more!! your detail in this is just incredible, cean . a very unique, stunning piece of art

Posted over 6 years ago.

francine

francine says: This is pure magic and everything about it screams that it poured out of your genius. J'adore!! Congratulations Cean!

Posted over 6 years ago.

pattysl...

pattysloniger says: wow, what a wild ride! Congratulations on your win and your grace amidst the turmoil, Cean, this is truly a remarkable design from an even more remarkable artist!

Posted over 6 years ago.

melisza...

meliszawang says: Congrats! Nice work!

Posted over 6 years ago.

babysis...

babysisterrae says: yay! well done cean...congrats!!

Posted over 6 years ago.

Clothdog

Clothdog says: It is a lovely design. Just lovely. Congrats on the win and thanks for being an inspiration.

Posted over 6 years ago.

gracede...

gracedesign says: congrats on a very well deserved win!!!

Posted over 6 years ago.

kezia

kezia says: Well said Cean and congratulations. Another worthy win from a very talented lady.

Posted over 6 years ago.

holto

holto says: Thanks for your post Cean. I appreciate the insight into your process. I'm sorry if it at all came off accusatory before being a cautious idea of concern. I'm glad to see you have such a strong support base! That is something many of use hope to have at some point and you have really built a following here. Cheers and congrats on your win! Thanks for understanding what I was asking, and I'm truly sorry for the negative light it may have cast on the win.

Posted over 6 years ago.

ceanirm...

ceanirminger says: Hi all, sorry for the delay in commenting, I wanted to compose a rational response and not just start jabbering like a crazy lady. There are some pretty important issues and damaging remarks brought up in this thread that I want to comment on, and hope I can keep emotion out of it. First off, in response to holto I agree completely with your argument of sourcing inspiration, and can honestly say that I had never seen Kozydan's image before coming up with the concept for this fabric, drawing it or uploading it and putting it into the contest. If there is a silver lining to this debate it is that I have been introduced to two ( didn't realize it was two people either!) incredibly talented and gracious artists. Besides the fabric designs I do here and the textile designers I have met through SF I work almost entirely in the hard surfaces world. While I can wax poetic on the Mosaic masters and the Sicis' or Mosaique Surfaces of the world ( blatant mosaic world references, muz gets it)) I am ashamedly pretty clueless of superstars and masterworks in the realm of graphic design and it was indeed through ignorance and coincidence that my idea ended up so close to Kozydan's. Idea, not execution. I am very familiar with the japanese motif of rabbits and waves and as soon as the rabbit contest came up I decided to draw a version of this. I was torn between two types of waves, the giant powerful kind like Hokusai excelled in capturing, and a calmer wave with more finger like crests. I ended up making the calmer wave into the smaller border and going with the large wave, the idea for which came in an entirely innocent and natural way. The masterful "View of Mt. Fuji" is what my mind goes to when I think of Japan and waves together, and I feel no surprise that someone else's did, too. I looked at the art image, and then put it away from the start of my drawing so my waves and colors would come organically from an imperfect memory of a familiar image and veer away from the inspiration to become more my own. I can see justification in people's comments of this fabric as being "unoriginal", as it is a popular historic design element paired with an iconic work or art. It's definitely not reinventing the wheel, however the vague hints of plagiarism have me really steamed. The decision to pair all of the elements and the drawn image itself are an example of a pure creative process, i.e.: all parts of this design from soup to nuts came from my mind and hand. The fact that others have thought down similar paths doesn't make me any less proud of my design. I know it was a pure process. If anyone would like to question my comment or just wants clarification on my process, please feel free to email me. We can politely debate the night away, however I take umbrage with those who accuse me of what I consider the greatest sin of design, plagiarism, without first contacting me directly with your concerns. It's just plain rude. Call me ignorant, unoriginal, naive and boring, that's all fine, but don't call me a cheater. Thanks to all who have shown incredible support and their feisty, fighting colors in this comment thread, you all make me proud to be a Spoonfollower!

Posted over 6 years ago.

lulakiti

lulakiti says: Now I remember where *I* have seen the Kozyndan image before - it was on a website claiming it was plagiarizing the great wave of Kanagawa image! Hmm. And I think everyone gets the point, holto. I think you are not willing to see the points that others are trying to make because you are so locked in your own.

Posted over 6 years ago.

lucindawei

lucindawei says: Congratulations Cean! It's beautiful.

Posted over 6 years ago.

holto

holto says: Shiny, that last post was not directed at you. Thanks for your measured response, and I'm thinking you may very well be right. I think the argument became more about the principle of it that this particular instance. That's why I think the moderator of the board may want to delete the thread or perhaps move it somewhere else. It's a sensitive topic, and I think it got overheated in the wrong place. I have message Cean, and I'm fine with leaving it be at this point. I've DEFINITELY said my lengthy piece.

Posted over 6 years ago.

shiny

shiny says: I don't think anybody who is defending Cean is taking the general issues of copying lightly. But I think everybody who has come to her defence has a strong feeling that seeing all other designs of Cean, this too was a fully original idea, except for the part where she credits Hokusai. I have no doubt at all and I know many agree with me that the idea of the rabbits coming out of the waves was fully self thought of. I consider myself fairly well known in the field of art, but I have never seen that image before. I fully trust Cean that she wouldn't have made a design based on something and no credit it here like she credited Hokusai.

Posted over 6 years ago.

mrshervi

mrshervi says: THIS: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Great_Wave_off_Kanagawa2.jpg Looks just like THIS: www.kozyndan.com/art/uprisings In other words, the great wave of Kanagawa is not new to the artist you are supposedly "defending", Holto. The artist himself/herself is calling Cean's work a fine design. Which it is. Their bunny-wave is ALSO great, but even more of a "copy" of original art, if you're really splitting hair.

Posted over 6 years ago.

vo_aka_...

vo_aka_virginiao says: The great wave with monkeys! http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_pRrgVOeyl_Q/Rn2ayXFWwOI/AAAAAAAAAXI/ZgXx-2gwaKM/s1600-h/GreatMonkeyWave.jpg

Posted over 6 years ago.

holto

holto says: Her work, as in her talents as a designer or illustrator, which, by the way, are amazing. I'm posting comments because it concerns me that if this were an issue that people here take the subject so lightly, especially when there is money to be made in the process. I'm also not denying that it's a very strong piece and pattern. Am I failing in context or meaning somewhere? I'm sorry if I'm not being articulate enough.

Posted over 6 years ago.

holto

holto says: Wow, pond ripple, so looking out for other artists is being a jerk? I hope for your sake no one ever takes liberties with your designs. Try reading the posts. I don't think anyone has said anything intentionally mean-spirited until you came along.

Posted over 6 years ago.

sammyk

sammyk says: Are you serious, Holto? "Cean, I hope you don't take this as a slight to your work at all"? Really? If you really meant that, you wouldn't keep posting novel-length comments when it's not even regarding your work. Very backward way of congratulating Cean on her win, if that's what you're actually doing. Give it a rest. There's been enough damage here.

Posted over 6 years ago.

holto

holto says: It's cool that they are fine with it, and it is a very nice pattern, but I am still interested in whether it was inspired by their piece. The fact that they are ok with it is really cool on their part and they as well may understand that there is a possibility of someone else having the same idea, but that doesn't lessen the seriousness of derivative work. I'll let it go, simply because it's falling on deaf ears, but the overall point I'm trying to make still stands. Just because the artists is fine with it doesn't make copied work ok, it just makes the artist amazingly cool. This is more for me about understanding what stolen work vs acceptable sampling is, which apparently some in the community don't understand. I'm not knocking the quality of the piece or Cean's work in general, as she is VERY talented as a designer, and I think that Cean will comment in time and put the issue to rest. It does happen, it has happened to me, actually. I, realizing the resemblance of my work to theirs was upset, because I really loved the concept and put some time into it, but it was obvious that it would never be accepted as original as it was so close to the precursor's work. I therefore still use it as a personal piece of illustration technique, etc, but no longer push it as a public piece. Cean, I hope you don't take this as a slight to your work at all. I personally loved your masks, stockings and apron patterns, it's just a bit of the designer activist in me coming out. I feel the need to at least call in to question a work when it is so similar with a unique idea. Cheers, and congrats on the win.

Posted over 6 years ago.

pond_ri...

pond_ripple says: Congratulations Cean! Don't let these jerk ruin your moment.

Posted over 6 years ago.

vo_aka_...

vo_aka_virginiao says: Cean, I"ve missed most of this mornings hubbub. I'm so sorry to see other people jump all over you and your design lke this. I'm so happy that kozyndan posted his support for your design. http://www.flickr.com/photos/spoonflower/5454027286/

Posted over 6 years ago.

sammyk

sammyk says: Well, Holto, looks like Dan and Kozy have spoken for themselves on the matter: http://www.flickr.com/photos/spoonflower/5454027286/

Posted over 6 years ago.

cakewor...

cakeworth&penningtons says: congratulations Cean. i think you might be my design hero !

Posted over 6 years ago.

holto

holto says: I don't think you are getting it. This is not a "motif" in question here. It's a very specific use of Hokusai imagery with the rabbits being the crest on THAT EXACT wave. Also, I agree that others may have been harsh, but I think that is a result of those who know and understand the imagery immediately seeing the direct relation. This is not an interpretation of the "motif" the MAIN image if the work is a direct translation of the piece we are all pointing too. It's not about the popular motif in Japan of Rabbit in the Moon and water patterns. It's that this is a very distinct take on that. If you look at the other pieces by Dan and Kozy in the series you will see that they are very specific in using the animals as foliage, crests, clouds etc in a very specific set of works. If you aren't getting that I'm not sure what to say. If I went and redrew the Mona Lisa it does not make it my own, if I redrew the Mona Lisa and put a border around it it does not make it my own. If I redrew the Mona Lisa and it was beautiful and much better than Leonardo's it STILL doesn't make it my own to exhibit as an original idea. Imitation is sometimes flattering but only if you give the original artist credit. At least an "inspired by" statement. I think that Cean's illustrations are beautiful and impressive and her skill is amazing, but that has nothing to do with the argument here. It's very similar to sampling in music. Up to a certain amount or "essence" of a tune may be used before it considered wholly stealing the initial song structure. The only artist to ever get away with it and prosper was Warhol and to this day some consider his works illegitimate because of it. That said, AGAIN, I'm not saying right now that this was intentional, as it is (very remotely) possible that two people thought of this exact imagery separately, but it seems suspect. Slow down when reading my posts and don't jump to conclusions yourself. I simply stated that one "could" see how this would be plagiarized. I am not condemning anyone without hearing their side. Now, I cannot speak for the other posts no made by me. I don't vote often if the imagery doesn't interest me. This month's didn't offer something I really wanted to take part in, so I didn't notice the piece until the newsletter. This isn't some high school hit squad scenario where some kids are jealous of another. I don't have a horse in this race except being a designer and understanding how important it is to respect others work. I truly like Cean's other work and have never personally posted anything here myself. I don't think any other the others who pointed it out are posting their work either from the quick search I did, so it's not like there is some ugly, nasty conspiracy to destroy Cean's work, just those wanting an explanation.

Posted over 6 years ago.

muz

muz says: I think this is a beautiful illustration directly from Cean, being an artist myself we all know that there is a wide mix of ideas and inspiration out there from our own imaginations to design/art references. I think this piece of artwork portrays all of this mixed into one piece. The rabbit combined with waves, moon, and flower patterns were popular in Japan and China as everyone can see in history for a very long time and has inspired many. When you look at Cean's design you have to really appreciate her talent to combine color , the rabbit's expressions , the beauty of the waves and movement, the way her artwork tells a story, the fabric's layers of pattern and design and how it all works together. There is a definite difference between "inspiration" and something copied. When someone wants to make such a direct comment like that where it's an accusation wouldn't it be more professional or polite to ask the artist first before putting it up for such a discussion?

Posted over 6 years ago.

sammyk

sammyk says: I agree that nobody wants plagiarism, but I don't think that's what happened here. And there were very harsh accusatory comments posted that lay guilt without any consideration. Yes, there was the knock-off comment (by katemeadow, who now seems to have deleted her remark about how such 'knock-offs' should not be rewarded with the win) and the one prior by irit sledgehammers it with being 'completely unoriginal'. Fair? I think not. It's very uncivilized way to attack a fellow designer without hearing her out and it stinks.

Posted over 6 years ago.

lulakiti

lulakiti says: Though you may not have seen the winners until the newsletter, did you not see this design when you were voting? If it was such an issue for people, why did they not take it up privately with Cean at that time? Instead, waiting until she has won, and then griping all over her page before she has even had a chance to KNOW that she has won, is really lame, in my opinion. And I would not say this is "plagiarized". That is a very strong and nasty term in this case. These are obviously two very similar illustrations but they are VERY different. The bunnies - the waves - they are not the same, though the idea might be. Here are a few other examples of this idea being used: <BR>http://furoshiki.com/usagi-and-nami-rabbits-and-waves.html <BR>http://www.etsy.com/listing/40638001/rabbit-moon-and-waves-design-quilted <BR>http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-67045735/stock-vector-seamless-japanese-pattern-with-moon-rabbits-and-ocean-waves.html <BR>http://www.secretkilns.com/shop/plates-chargers/kh-p03.html<BR>http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/lot_details.aspx?intObjectID=5114718 <P>And yes, both Cean and Kozyndan used the rabbits as part of the waves instead of just on them, but is that such a far leap? And because he first drew them like this, does that actually mean that no one else ever can? If it was an exact replica, I would be shouting plagiarism too, but it is not. It's another imagining of the same idea.

Posted over 6 years ago.

holto

holto says: First of all, only one comment has been posted stating it as a knockoff. Secondly, some of us don't see the winners until the newsletter comes around since we don't visit the site as often. The design that everyone has referenced is rather iconic to those who know it and it is IMMEDIATELY what I went to when I saw this print. Yes, it has been "paraphrased" here, but to say it's hard to see how this could be plagiarized is naive. It also shows a lack of experience within the design and art field. No one is denying that she did her own take on the art, but IF it was known to her then the least she could have done was to reference the original "inspiration". Rabbits and water motifs are very common but this is a rather specific interpretation wouldn't you say? Can you find another specific version of this combination other than these two? I love her work and think that her patterning and illustration skills are great, but I don't think this is out of line to question the results in this instance. This illustration has become nearly synonymous with Kozy and Dan's work and is very readily recognized by many graphic designers and underground culture buffs. It's not a stretch at all for the hundreds of thousands who have seen it previously. Decobot, it is most certainly NOT a scene from a japanese story, but yes it could be an interpretation on the one of the rabbits on the sharks backs. You also can't believe everything you read sometimes. That being said, I'd like to hear what the artist has to say before condemnation, but to NOT point it out would be a disservice to every single artist and designer I know. Our work is our livelihood, and if you don't get that then there are bigger issues at play. Cean, I apologize in advance if this is not the case, but it's a pretty amazing coincidence. I have met Dan personally before and this just stood out at me personally having seen the work so often.

Posted over 6 years ago.

scrummy

scrummy says: This is a stunning piece of art that works beautifully on fabric... a tough cookie to master, and Cean is a worthy winner a million times over xxx

Posted over 6 years ago.

shiny

shiny says: I think actually it is a coincidence. As shatext says, it is completely in line with her other works. She has a definite style and I have no doubt at all it's completely original!

Posted over 6 years ago.

lulakiti

lulakiti says: I just want to add that I think complaining on Cean's page about her design after she has won the contest, is about as crappy as Kanye West stealing Taylor Swift's thunder at the Grammys.

Posted over 6 years ago.

lulakiti

lulakiti says: Thanks for adding all of that, shatext! I was going to say the same. This is done in a style that Cean herself references as a "popular motif". Honestly, people - it is a beautiful design and she drew it all herself creating elements that are all her own. It may be similar to Kozyndan's but it is in no way a "knock off". People have won contests before using copy right free clipart that was not their own and I have not seen a single person complain directly on their design's page about that.

Posted over 6 years ago.

jillian...

jillianmorris says: Did you read her description? It is a scene from a Japanese story. This is not a knock off. It is her own interpretation of the tale.

Posted over 6 years ago.

shatext

shatext says: Dear Cean and those who posted below: I think it's about to get a little hare-y in here (sorry could not resist the pun). I would like to suggest that everyone try to be as kind as possible in what I anticipate might snowball into a fairly complex debate. Four points to make. First, the style of the overall piece is completing in keeping with Cean's style historically. It is no doubt her own authentic work. Second, the process by which she created the piece is referenced in the paragraph describing it beneath the images. Perhaps Kozyndan has not referenced the folktales as a source of inspiration (though certainly he references Hokusai). But, using a folktale as as an inspiration could assuredly give rise to similar iconic images. Third, the rabbit and wave in blue is very, very common in Japanese ceramics, (again, Kozyngan may not reference this himself). See http://www.aritapotters.blogspot.com/. Fourth, the waves themselves are not the whole piece, but are framed by many other elements echoing Hokusai and other rabbity tales, and thus cannot be seemed 'completely unoriginal.'

Posted over 6 years ago.

holto

holto says: You can see it here as issue #28 for Giant Robot magazine some years ago. http://www.giantrobot.com/issues/issuesindex.html

Posted over 6 years ago.

holto

holto says: I was getting ready to post the same link irit. This print is also fairly well known and has been used on several product by them. I would like to give the benefit of the doubt, but thats a pretty unique concept for two people to come up with something so close.

Posted over 6 years ago.

irit

irit says: This design is completely unoriginal. Back in 2003, Kozyndan created a very similar work: http://www.kozyndan.com/art/uprisings Coincidence? I think not.

Posted over 6 years ago.

betje

betje says: Congratulations!! It's so beautiful, very well deserved win. The fabric looks great in print as well.

Posted over 6 years ago.

asilo

asilo says: Congrats Cean!!! :)

Posted over 6 years ago.

rhondad...

rhondadesigns says: Congratulations Cean! A well-deserved win for a fabulous design!

Posted over 6 years ago.

ksteve

ksteve says: Congrats! Its so beautiful, I love the print images. Can't wait to order it!

Posted over 6 years ago.

thirdha...

thirdhalfstudios says: Congratulations, every once in a while somebody in these contests does something so above and beyond and you absolutely did it. It is really amazing.

Posted over 6 years ago.

stephen...

stephen_of_spoonflower says: Roland in the house!

stephen_of_spoonflower uploaded a fabric image for ceanirminger's design Moon Rabbit :

Rrrrrrrmoon-rabbit-re_comment_47770_thumb

Posted over 6 years ago.

stephen...

stephen_of_spoonflower says: Fabric Of the Week winner!

stephen_of_spoonflower uploaded a fabric image for ceanirminger's design Moon Rabbit :

Rrrrrrrmoon-rabbit-re_comment_47767_thumb

Posted over 6 years ago.

uzumakijo

uzumakijo says: YAY!! woohoo...oh yeah...etc..total mega fantasticico!!! so so well deserved, stunning!!!! congrats cean!

Posted over 6 years ago.

jillian...

jillianmorris says: Yay! Congratulations Cean!!!

Posted over 6 years ago.

lulakiti

lulakiti says: HOORAY!!! I am SO happy! I was hoping this would win! Congrats, Cean! TOTALLY deserved!

Posted over 6 years ago.

sammyk

sammyk says: Perfection!

Posted over 6 years ago.

spellstone

spellstone says: Well done Cean, there really was no doubt was there, beautiful drawing!!

Posted over 6 years ago.

greenco...

greencouchstudio says: Congrats on 1st place!

Posted over 6 years ago.

inscrib...

inscribed_here says: I love the way you have drawn the waves here with the bunnies just appearing out of the sea-foam. Your skill at bringing folklore and fairytale to life in your beautiful patterns is astounding. This is one of my favourite designs of all time.

Posted over 6 years ago.

tallula...

tallulahdahling says: There are so many, many designs that I really like in this contest, but this one is far and away my favorite. I love the graceful rabbits blending with the form of the waves, and the bunny in the moon and those gorgeous borders. *Everything* about it is wonderful. Enchanting. A masterpiece.

Posted over 6 years ago.

gracede...

gracedesign says: so strikingly beautiful!

Posted over 6 years ago.

victori...

victorialasher says: Only if they're oatmeal raisin.

Posted over 6 years ago.

ceanirm...

ceanirminger says: Thank you everybody, all your sweet comments are making my week! I guess with two in the bag, this fabric has officially started me on a folklore border print collection, we'll see which contest I can fit that theme around next. Maybe The Gingerbread Man" for the breakfast contest (does anyone else consider cookies to be breakfast food)?

Posted over 6 years ago.

kayo17

kayo17 says: Unbelievably FANTASTIC. So masterfully creative- love it!

Posted over 6 years ago.

auntiecats

auntiecats says: love, Love, LOVE this print! What a smart design to say rabbit and Asia in an iconic image. Beautiful coloration, too.

Posted over 6 years ago.

s_lukja...

s_lukjanovs says: Awestruck. This is so beautiful.

Posted over 6 years ago.

thistledwn

thistledwn says: just amazing

Posted over 6 years ago.

betje

betje says: Wow, this is stunning.

Posted over 6 years ago.

spellstone

spellstone says: So graceful!

Posted over 6 years ago.

lucindawei

lucindawei says: The bunny waves came out so great!. Love the illustration.

Posted over 6 years ago.

babysis...

babysisterrae says: wow, so so so fantastic. sort of reminds me of ponyo for some reason!

Posted over 6 years ago.

weaver_...

weaver_phoenyx_aka_birdy says: Beautiful! Art & story coming together in one of my favorite media - fabric. Well done! I can very much see this in a dress or skirt for a Water Sign. :>

Posted over 6 years ago.

ceanirm...

ceanirminger says: Thank you, thank you, thank you! This was what my mind went to as soon as I saw the contest theme posted, but my first attempt was a disaster. Just couldn't draw a rabbity wave to save my life, so I took a break and drew Foo and got back in the swing and then came back to this and it came out much better than before. I'm actually pretty pleased with it, thoughin my head this fabric has a cloudy night, not stars, but couldn't get the old hand to draw those darn clouds right.) And though you guys are the sweetest to say I might have this one, I'm not sure if a border print is interesting enough to people to win over 230 patterns in a non border print contest, it was just the only way I could think to draw waves and moon. Anyhow, I'll stop this novel and go to bed now. Thanks so much!

Posted over 6 years ago.

victori...

victorialasher says: Fine art on fabric. Less time consuming than embroidering tapestries; but every bit as gorgeous, enchanting, detailed, and downright, stunningly, beautiful. At first I thought no, not a pull down blind, that would hide all this loveliness all day; but then I thought you could do it so the two borders were all you saw when it was up, then when it came down... awestruck silence. I don't mind losing to fabulous designs like this, which I will do once again in this contest.

Posted over 6 years ago.

francine

francine says: You had me at Foo Foo. Now I'm torn between two lovers. This is too wonderful Cean!

Posted over 6 years ago.

acbeilke

acbeilke says: Wow this is dreamy and beautiful. Makes me think of The Runaway Bunny!

Posted over 6 years ago.

mrshervi

mrshervi says: This HAS to be made to a roll-down curtain (those you pull down for the night in kids' bedrooms). So pretty - it's magical!

Posted over 6 years ago.

uzumakijo

uzumakijo says: can't...find....words....my vocabularly really isn't up to the job of expressing how amazingly awesome this is! go straight to the top of the class...or at least straight to the no.1 spot in the contest. proper job!!...oh and i want a close up of this one on the flickr now as well...so so stunning!

Posted over 6 years ago.

shiny

shiny says: oh wow this is unbelievably beautiful done. Well actually quite believable coming from you. Just gorgeous Cean!

Posted over 6 years ago.

erin_le...

erin_lebeau says: love the rabbit in the moon & the border details ....this is just stunning

Posted over 6 years ago.

pond_ri...

pond_ripple says: Well, so much for that contest. lol. This is an instant win!

Posted over 6 years ago.

sparegus

sparegus says: how cool! this is just amazing and beautiful!

Posted over 6 years ago.

nadja_p...

nadja_petremand says: It's just amazing !

Posted over 6 years ago.

raul

raul says: I'm very glad I'm not participating in this contest. The prospect of been obliterated by this is not fun. The pleasure of looking at it, however, that I can enjoy.

Posted over 6 years ago.

ksteve

ksteve says: This is amazing. Absolutely gorgeous and the story makes it that much more wonderful.

Posted over 6 years ago.

rhondad...

rhondadesigns says: This fabric design would look spectacular made up into a floaty silk evening dress, or maybe a quilted cloak!

Posted over 6 years ago.

ttoz

ttoz says: I've been staring here for the last five minutes trying to figure out what to say - it's just simply wonderful down to every detail. Amazing, Cean.

Posted over 6 years ago.

rhondad...

rhondadesigns says: This is the poetry form of Fibre Art Cean! You have drawn together the threads of these wonderful folk tales and illustrated them with flair and finesse in this fabulous design!

Posted over 6 years ago.

weaving...

weavingmajor says: splendid! please oh please post some details on Flickr. I want to see those delicious rabbit waves up close. And the moon. You really excel at these full-yard tapestry sort of images... this and the firebird and your smackdown entry. (Not that you don't also do regular repeats well, but I've tried to do the whole-yard sort of thing and failed; I know how difficult that is!) I love the intricacy, that it looks beautiful both in the details and in the overall picture.

Posted over 6 years ago.

jillian...

jillianmorris says: This is so very enchanting! The rabbits and waves are illustrated with perfect elegance. Elixir of life sounds super tasty too!

Posted over 6 years ago.

cakewor...

cakeworth&penningtons says: So so gorgeous.

Posted over 6 years ago.

poetryqn

poetryqn says: I am consistently blown away by your designs - not only all the detail and color and technical skills, but you have a unique way of capturing the emotions and immersing me in story. Brava!

Posted over 6 years ago.

scrummy

scrummy says: what they said..... just wow. xxx

Posted over 6 years ago.

vo_aka_...

vo_aka_virginiao says: Wow, just Wow.

Posted over 6 years ago.

sammyk

sammyk says: Absolutely beautiful, Cean. Another amazing story told through your illustrations; folklore and fairytale fabrics are your keystone. You've made sewing and story-telling best friends. Well done!

Posted over 6 years ago.

pattysl...

pattysloniger says: wow, your "other" rabbit fabric is so completely wonderful! You've definitely captured the haunting nature of the tale in your illustrations, just beautiful.

Posted over 6 years ago.

lulakiti

lulakiti says: Omigod, Cean! This is absolutely extraordinary! Really phenomenally gorgeous. And all the other big words that mean wonderful and pretty. :)

Posted over 6 years ago.