Rachael Taylor is an established designer, and creates designs for many products such as wallpaper, lampshades, cushions, laptop and ipod skins, kitchen accessories in the uk and internationally. Rachael has her own popular label 'RachaelTaylorDesigns' and sells her products online and in stores across the UK. She also has also secured number of successful licensed product ranges sold worldwide. Rachael is currently working on her own label but also has a variety of clients in the UK, Europe & the USA from design studios & high street stores to private buyers. Rachael has designed for the art, ceramics, interior, fashion, textiles, greetings, stationery & marketing industries. You can find her work published on greeting cards right through to interior acessories, packaging, ceramics & kidswear. Clientel examples include: Paperchase (UK) Graham & Brown (UK) WH Smith (UK) Tailormade (UK) Concept (UK) Creative Converting (USA) Target (USA) UK Greetings, American Greetings, Tigerprint (for Marks & Spencer UK) Hanes (USA) Verbaudet (Europe) Redwood (UK) Oneida (USA) Paper Magic (USA) Design Design (USA) Trend Bible (UK) Seascape Lamps (USA) Mudpie (UK) teNeues (USA & UK) Oxfam (UK) Design Initiative (UK) Landor (USA) AM Univeral (USA) Creative Tops (UK) IMG Wallcoverings (Australia) Kelly Rae Roberts (USA) Iconemesis (UK) Deny Designs (USA) Wallpapered (UK) SolidLine (USA). A fashion line was not on her list nor was she commissioned by M&S or another company to create a design. Rachael was completely unaware until June 9th when her colleague sent her a picture.
The Copied design was created for a tea towel not a fashion collection.
Rachael said herself, 'if she was creating a fashion line she would have used a more appropriate design'. Rachael's legal team is now in discussions with Marks and Spencer, and we hope that there will be a positive outcome for the designer.
Rachael has recently launched a groundbreaking new e-course called 'The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design' where the successful designer teaches and shares her expertise and knowledge in surface pattern; from sketch through to product combined with business tips along the way. The course is a collaboration between Rachael & award winning entrepreneur Beth Nicholls of 'Do What You Love'. It has attracted a global audience and has received fantastic support from industry leaders including ACID, who have been a great support throughout Rachael's career.
How many times do situations like this arise and how as a designer can you protect yourself?, especially against High Street Store? This is an important point, raised by CEO of ACID, Dids Macdonald. ACID have created the campaign:
COMMISSION IT, DON’T COPY IT!” CAMPAIGN!
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