Aug 12, 2009

Zetti Skinny and Zazzle caution . . .

Hi all! Just a quick heads up about Zazzle first. I hate to rain on a parade, but maybe it won't be rain for you, maybe it won't matter to you. I'm just sharing in case you weren't aware of something Zazzle allows. I was so excited about opening a Zazzle until tonight. I ordered a tshirt a few days ago so I could check the quality before I opened my shop publicly. All went well - shipping was very fast, product was acceptable, not quite as sharp as I hoped, but acceptable. So I went in and started designing and adding products and had three done when I realized customers can customize YOUR design! This is not acceptable for me. I did not spend hour upon hour designing something so someone can paint a mustache on it or add "For Bubba" below it in big bright letters and then tell everyone where they got it. To me it's kinda like giving everyone sharpies on their way into the museum so they can edit the art on the walls as they please. Might be fun, but might not go over well with the artists or artwork owners. I was so happy with so many things about Zazzle, like their image protection so your images can't be downloaded, but this brought my Zazzle experience to a screeching halt. I wrote a complaint letter to them tonight. Just thought you might like to know in case you don't like the idea either.

This is the front and back of a really skinny skinny! It was fun to work with these dimensions, 3.5 x 7.5, though I don't think I stretched, literally, as much as I could have. Anyway, these are for a book collaboration that flickr's artchicapoo is hosting. Artchicapoo is Jade of Jade's Funki-Junk blog - she is a zetti queen!

Whole Heart Zetti (front)


copyright by Marsha Jorgensen 8/12/09. All rights reserved. You may NOT copy, download, or use this image in any way without my permission.

(back)


copyright by Marsha Jorgensen 8/12/09. All rights reserved. You may NOT copy, download, or use this image in any way without my permission.
These are front and back sides of a 3.5 x 7 .5 collage using a face from flickr's takeabreak, legs from flickr's alice fox, a body from lisasalteredart.etsy.com, and wings from itkupilli.etsy.com. These were reprinted, hand trimmed, and hand colored. On the back side, the fish came from keeperofthenest.etsy.com, the face from flickr's takeabreak, and the crown from spiceitup.etsy.com. The crown and hearts on the front were drawn and colored by me. All pieces were arranged on a background on both sides made from textures from flickr's JoesSistah, flickr's Nancy Baumiller, and itkupilli.etsy.com.

13 comments:

Susan Sager Brown said...

Duh, I thought the customer could only customize the SHIRT. Like pick a different style T or different color. I'm going to reinvestigate. THANK YOU for this post!!
I got my wonderful package, took it UNOPENED to work today, so I could share it with my co-friends. Do you know the RESTRAINT that shows??? teehee. What total delight when we opened my treasure! Thank you so much, Marsha, each piece is truly a treasure. Your work is so absolutely beautiful and constructed with such precision and love.Soon I will have a TumbleFish Studio Wall in my house and will post pics to prove it!! Everyone at work wants to be FairyFyed!! I have your package ready to go, just can't get to the darn post office with my wierd working hours.Thank you again, dear friend. Can't wait to see Queen Auberginie in Somerset Studios!! xoxoxoSusan

Susan Sager Brown said...

I just picked one of my designs and added "this shirt is ugly" text. yup, customers can change just about everything. My store comes down tonight. I was too excited to read the fine print. Good lookin' out, girlfriend.
xoSusan

Tumble Fish Studio said...

I'm so sorry to be the bearer of bad news Susan. I loved your stuff! But, I personally just wasn't comfortable with that idea either. I'm really disappointed. I've checked out Cafe Press and the customizing issue doesn't seem to be a problem there but I am just not as happy with other things - like how you get paid for one. So, I'm shoppin' if anyone knows of another spot!

Linda Crispell said...

Zazzle? I need to crawl out from under my rock more often. Happy belated Birthday wishes to your Father!
Your Pal,
Linda

Tace said...

Thank-you for the heads up Ms.TumbleFish. I had looked into Cafe Press before but not Zazzle. But still it's good to be reminded of the not-so-fine-by-me small print! I really love your tall skinny zetti collages! Non-standard art work sizes and dimensions are always intriguing I find. :)

Moniqui said...

I have a few friends with a Zazzle shop i will refer to your post,thanks for the heads up!
I love your skinny pages!

Terri Kahrs said...

Geeze . . . you learn something new every day! Good work, Marsha! Like Susan I was under the impression that it was picking a style or a color. Thanks for watching out for us! BTW - LOVE the super skinny! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Tina said...

Love this Long skinny~ Sorry the Zshop didn't work out..I have not looked in to them..CafePress is Ok but that's it..just OK..we did a Paper Cowgirl shop for the retreat..Have a great Art day :)

sharon said...

Marsha, thank you soo soo much for the warm welcome, and your sweet comments!! I just have to say that your work blows me away! Sooooo wonderful and very inspiring!! The skinny is awesome!
I have a question if you don't mind....I made a donation to Monica's cause, and emailed her twice to ask her if she would take a bracelet I made as a donation, but I haven't heard from her....did I do something wrong or does it take a long time to hear back?? Hugs, Sharon

sharon said...

Thanks for getting back to me so quick Marsha, you are a doll! And I really appreciate your input on my ATC, I still doesn't really sit well with me, both you and Terri had the best suggestions though! I will not worry too much about Monica's response then now that I know, thank you!

TheresainMS said...

Hi Marsha, love the skinny! Such a great size to work with; my eyes are always so happy to see your art. Your work is making me smile, just like always. I'm so glad I found your blog. Have a great Friday!!

3rdEyeMuse said...

bummer about Zazzle ... at least you learned of it before someone had taken their liberties.

love this little piece ... perfect sentiment. :)

jade adams said...

Marsha...thanks so much for the info about zazzle..I too have been wanting to venture there..I was oing to order of my artshirts too...thanks so much for your wonderful comments on my blog...you inspire me more...lol...
I love love love your zetti skinny pages...so happy you have joined us on this collaboration! I am sooo thrilled that you talked nancy into doing some collage sheets..it has inspired me to maybe do some more collag-y type stuff myself...hugs, jade