I had a surprise in my inbox yesterday - an email from a friend in the UK telling me that she had spotted some of my painted stones while flicking through the new issue of Ideal Home magazine, and she also sent a scan of the article as proof. This came as a bit of a shock as I had absolutely no idea they were going to be featured and it also appears to be a photo from the same session as my Homes & Gardens feature back in Spring 2012.
Compare and contrast...
Homes & Gardens:
After feeling a weird combination of excitement (because my art is in a major publication) and slight annoyance (because there doesn't appear to be a name credit identifying them as my work anywhere), we looked into it and it appears that the magazines are both owned by the same publishing company, meaning that it's very likely they don't have to ask my permission before they reuse the images from the original photoshoot. Which is ok, because I'm actually happy for them to be used again in a different publication; it's always a thrill to see my work in print. It would have been nice to have my name on the image for obvious reasons, because it's not really 'publicity' for me if no-one (apart from my friends and collectors/followers!) knows they're mine. But it's another image for my Press page if nothing else! Always look on the bright side and all that. ;)
I'm trying to decide whether I should write to Ideal Home about this. What would you do if it was your work? Would you just let it go or would you question why it wasn't credited? I know when I mentioned it on Instagram almost everyone who commented was really annoyed about it - someone even said I should contact a lawyer! I can see where they're coming from but I honestly don't want to make this into a huge deal for a couple of reasons. I'll say one thing for cancer: it certainly makes you realise what's important in life and what's not. When faced with the reality of a serious illness, you just don't sweat the small stuff anymore. And as it turns out, pretty much everything else is small stuff.