So, we've all heard of Mijn Schatje?
Well, I hadn't until last weekend when she was brought to my attention through a doll forum. One of the users through her art looked a lot like specific ball joint dolls.
Turns out that she's been tracing the faces of these collectible dolls. Some of the pictures are so damning that people have proven eyelashes and strands of hair to match up.
But it gets better...
Turns out that she's lifted the rest of her 'art' as well, tracing poses from Audrey Kawasaki, taking clip art (Dover perhaps), random internet pictures and copying Totoro from studio Ghibli.
More information is here: http://www.radiotrash.org/mijn/
The users of two well know doll forums (Den of Demons and Den of Angels) have been getting in contact with the doll companies, galleries where this 'work' is shown and magazines that have published articles on this 'artist'. So please don't send these people an angry email, the last thing we want is for people not to take us seriously.
For those of you as disgusted by this as I am then you can help spread the word through DA, Twitter, LJ, art communities or Facebook.
The twitter message and tag is:
Artist Mijn Schatje seems to be no more than just a lowly art thief, what are your thoughts? http://tinyurl.com/l4vy5m
(Just need to remove the spaces)
The Facebook group is:http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=85573192034&ref=mf
Another way to help is to find the original source pictures of anything that you think might be stolen and send the image(s) to the contact email on the information page set up.