Monday, November 22, 2010

Art Scams: Hello

"I came across your artworks on internet search"

Uh huh!
Like many artists I often get these emails from people seemingly interested in purchasing my art, BUT the spelling is off, the grammar is off and so is the request on how they'll pay.  Check out the samples on Stop Art Scams.

I got this copyright infringement lawsuit claim email at the Chamberpot Gallery addy. They want you to open the document (contains malicious malware and a virus) that supposedly outlines the case.

Meanwhile in Jafabrit's Studio
it's a disaster zone.
Not much getting done, ripped my latest embroidery, and crocheting small pieces for the snowflake tree.

to our craft bombed, knit graffiti, yarnbombed tree. When the sun hits the sparkles it's magical.
Some of the comments (apart from the "it's beautiful" comments) have been, err, kind of interesting: it looks like a woman tree, it's a victoria secrets tree, it's an underwear tree, it needs a bra.
Maybe I should add a glittery paddle and spank those naughty commentators! 


tera said...

I so love this tree! Will you come do the one in my front yard? I will gladly provide booze and/or coffee and maybe some cake...

Also I have received some of those emails. Bugs the crap out of me. I wish I had as much time on my hands as those idiots do!

Michelle (artscapes) said...

I have never received the copyright infringment scam - that's a new one to me, but the other I have been getting for years.

The tree looks fantastic...

JafaBrit's Art said...

I knew the copyright one was a scam before I read it because they sent it to the chamberpot gallery which had about 25 artists exhibiting in it. It did make me curious but not enough to open their link.

sorry tera, no more trees, knitted out, alhtough the booze/coffee and cake sounds mighty appealing.

glad you both are liking the tree ♥

Philip said...

I am curious to ask what impact you and your fellow Jafabrits are having on the local community. Has it increased tourism? Are you getting national publicity? A reputation? The place must look so different these days.What is the consequence?

JafaBrit's Art said...

I'm not sure if I can answer that Phillip. I do know that two of our projects brought national/international attention and it has helped the chamber in it's efforts to promote our town as an arts town. Yellow Springs is included in a two page spread in one book, got a blurb in another, and will be included in a book being published next year. Whether any of this has a direct impact on tourism I really don't know. We are packed to the gills with a very rich pool of artists here, so our efforts are not alone.
Locals have a lot of fun with the knit graffiti and seem to really love it. Not sure about my reputation, other than locals appreciate my work and I appreciate their support and encouragement.