Tag: start ups

It's a difficult time for everyone trying to make it on their own two feet in any sort of business at the moment. The market in every direction is flooded. You have to stand out.

But one area that's certainly having a very tough time (more so than it already was) is start up artists and designers.

How do you get your work seen and get fans, traction as an artist? In an age where almost everything visual is expected to be given away free online it's pretty tough to get out there without risking your work being knicked or used in ways you are not happy about.

I remember working with photographers who had seen their pictures on T-Shirts in Camden Market, also people who had sent artwork and ideas to large brands only to hear nothing, yet see their ideas play out on those brands shelves months later. Just recently a really cool custom pin/badge creator found their designs being sold under a different name by a large brand. This is not cool.

You HAVE to get your work out there. That's obvious. And you HAVE to put some trust in the people out there not to steal or rip off your idea. You won't get anywhere if you keep all your thoughts and creations hidden away on your hard drive.

And sadly you HAVE to be prepared for the potential of your work being used/copied.

So the logical step is to speak out, shame the people (so long as you are sure of course) that steal or rip off your work. Promote them to your following if you find them - get it out there and talk about it.

And brands and companies that are guilty - think about it - would you not rather collaborate and work with these talented people rather than be underhand? How much further it could go if you worked together and could use the source of the creativity rather than a copy?

We have a project in the making that will aim to help tackle this problem for the creative start ups and artists coming up the ladder.

Stay tuned!

In the mean time this is a great podcast from Artsy that takes a look at some of these problems in more depth :


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The founder of M-24 began designing after becoming frustrated at his ski equipment damaging the bags he took on trips. The sturdy, waterproof range now includes a variety of different styles, appealing to those looking for durability and something a little unique.

All of the lorry tarpaulins are salvaged from the UK's roads, and all manufacture happens in Somerset.

This November you can grab yourself a one-of-a-kind bag from M-24 while you can: you'll find a unique and stylish product range at Old Street Station for a limited time only this November.

Hand-crafted from recycled lorry tarpaulin sourced in the UK, each piece is unique, incredibly hardwearing and waterproof.

Entrepreneur Mat Dusting, who founded M-24 in 2012, initially created bags for skiers and snowboarders looking for tough and long- products to carry their equipment. Word spread about the quality and durability of the bags and now the range has now grown to include vibrant signature duffels, messengers, backpacks, colourful totes and tough covers for laptops and tablets that appeal to anyone who prides themselves on their individual style.

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