Just two months ago, I posted a LOT about Marimekko’s and Kristina Isola’s questionable ethics and I was furious that they got away with it. Maybe, just maybe, I could forgive this (because this isn’t just about the copyright, it’s about the double standards in Finnish legal system),had it been an isolated incident (it wasn’t) but once again Marimekko got caught with its pants down.
This time the designer with questionable ethics is Teresa Moorhouse and the print we are talking about is “Isoisän Puutarha/Grandad’s Garden”:
Lovely, isn’t it? Except those trees (what is it with Marimekko and trees?) are from here:
Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins, originally published in 1968. 45 years ago my friends. I’d like to quote Snoop Dogg: “Let’s have a moment of mother****ing silence right here.”
Marimekko’s creative director Minna Kemell-Kutvonen defended the work on a morning talkshow on YLE, saying “We trust in Teresa Moorhouse’s standing that she has done the design Isoisän Puutarha from her own point of view, drawing inspiration from the garden her grandfather had in 70′s. Precisely an English garden, which was her grandfather’s garden.”
(The repetition is hers, not mine.)
Didn’t we hear the same bullshit just TWO MONTHS AGO? Seriously? To extrapolate (hopefully a correct word, I’m trying to sound fancy and smart) the insult even further, Marimekko and/or YLE had brought in an art critic/forgery specialist Pauliina Laitinen-Laiho who said following gems: “The apples are red on Marimekko’s print. These red colours are heavier than blue ones. That can change the mood (of the print)”. When asked if Teresa Moorhouse’s print is a copy, she answered: “It’s difficult to say. I’d suspect that the book is familiar (to Teresa) but the print itself is an independent piece of art.”
Let’s go back to the statement “it’s difficult to say”. Doesn’t her website say that she is “a specialist of art markets”? Sigh. A huge sigh. The whole interview seems like a charade. Granted, Marimekko acted a lot faster than last time but the whole process is still lacking honesty, which they were criticized of.
So whose next? What’s the next print that gets busted? If you are interested news about this in Finnish can be found at YLE (comments blocked, quelle surprise) and Ilta-Sanomat. I’ll keep you posted if there is new developments and/or I get around to making a posting about other Teresa-prints and we can all make comparisons.
Thrifty Finn- I literally groaned when I read about this. I mean I’m sometimes slow but Marimekko seems to be breathtakingly stupid.
P.S. I don’t hate Marimekko. I want it to succeed so bad. I see a lot of potential in it and they do have a lot of prints that excite me but this is just…I can’t handle the disappointment that I’m feeling right now.
Edited to add via ramsamsaa.blogspot.fi: