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Stealing or Intuitive Consciousness?
Submitted by Pam on Thu, 01/26/2012 - 18:35
Many of you may remember my Iceland Advent Tree.
Throughout my lifetime, I have found it quite curious that cultures - ancient cultures with no possible connection to each other - have developed artistic expressions that are quite similar.
Huichol Indians of Mexico weave Ojo de Dios - a similar weaving is practiced by Tibetan monks. Patterns in Navajo and Turkish rugs are amazingly similar.
Europe and Asia were connected and influenced by trade, but the ancient cultures in America pretty much developed in isolation. And yet these similarities exist even though until relatively recently (if current human migration theory is correct) there has been no connection between the people living on the Eurasian and the American continents since before the last ice age. (Weaving was developed in western Asia long after.)
Throughout history, we have given credit to certain individuals for significant discoveries - electric lights, heliocentric solar system, evolution, telescopes. But the fact of the matter is that these happen to be the individuals who simply have received credit for these theories and inventions. There were others working on the same problems at or near the same time, coming up with the same solutions and they were often unknown to each other.
I have come to believe that as humans we share what I call "intuitive consciousness".
I bet you are wondering why I am telling you all of this stuff?
Because I had a very surprising - almost mind blowing - experience happen to me over the holidays.
I had been influenced to create the tree by reading about the fact that in Iceland there are no evergreen trees so the early residents would cut down Rowan (Ash) trees, remove the limbs and then reinsert them in the trunk to resemble the branch pattern of an evergreen. When I first heard of this practice several years ago, I began trying to work out how I could make a simple tree to honor this tradition.
The full story of how I came to make the tree is here.
With the help of my sweetheart and a scary sketch of what I wanted to achieve, the final steps of the journey took place among the labyrinths of shelving and racks at our local Home Depot.
We came home with our purchases and went to work! Basic construction can be found here.
And then I posted! On Monday, November 7th, 2011!
AND it was originally published on Lowe's site ion 12/09! Forgive me again! #@&?%$#!!!!!
Cross my heart - I NEVER, EVER set eyes on this tree before! But the similarities in construction and materials freaked me completely out!
Seriously, if this tree had appeared after mine, I would have been entertaining the thought that maybe the designer had been "influenced" by my tree. But clearly not. Nor, for that matter, was I influenced by Lowe's tree.
And get this - the construction - using the threaded rod so the branches could be folded flat - came from my sweetheart - who believe me does NOT spend any time looking at craft blogs - or online retail sites - even those involving tools! (He IS however, a brilliant engineer and worked out the design so he would not have to find room for a 18"x28" box in the garage!)
Having finally recovered from the shock - this beautiful tree appeared!
The idea didn't come entirely from Karah's imagination, she was influenced by this tree while trying to figure out how to make a Christmas Tree using the natural materials at hand. (She lives on an island - lots of driftwood!)
Not long after I published this tutorial for Napkin Cuffs made from tooling foil, I found this tutorial for something very, very similar on Martha's site! And I am pretty darn sure Martha didn't find this idea so overwhelmingly brilliant that she just had to make them too! (And for the record, I have huge respect for Martha so no mean comments please.)
My point! Simply that two completely unconnected minds when searching for an answer to the same "problem" can and sometimes will come up with very similar solutions.
And while there might be the temptation to accuse another of "stealing" our ideas, the reality is that we don't actually own "our" ideas - they are simply a part of the collective intuitive consciousness.
Now, if I went over to Polka and Bloom, copied a pattern and then sold it or presented it as my own - THAT would clearly be stealing. But if I had never even heard of Carina or seen her work, and came up with a very similar design, then that would be the collective intuitive consciousness at work.
So - human intuitive consciousness! What do you think? Possible? Probable?