"...reps from the big retailers cruise the aisles at trade shows, buying samples that they then send overseas to be copied. And it's not just artwear. Peggy mentions a well-known upscale-home catalog that regularly features pottery and ceramic pieces that are direct copies of the work of artists she knows personally."It comes from an article on Peggy Russell by Rice Freeman-Zachery.
It all boils down to greed.
Don't steal an artist's creativity! It is one thing to be inspired, but to make direct copies for profit?! GRRRR!
By golly that makes me mad!
And, since the retailer reps are stealing in the first place, they probably aren't using ethical means to recreate what they've stolen.
And that makes me mad!