This is an open letter to “The Original Reborn”
We are not sure who you are, where you come from, what your background is but we are your reborn artists community. We are a group of women who love this art form. We create, collect, paint, sculpt… We are a tight knit group of artists and collectors some who have been around since the beginning and some who are new (like me).
Nothing about this art form is truly “original” the first reborn doll was a store bought doll, already designed and produced. The idea to take it to the next level was a unique idea and we are all doing this now because of it.
This art form improves upon itself because not unlike the glass makers in Venice, this is a small community that shares its ideas, techniques, troubleshoots together, lifts each other up. There is no competition, we are all in this together because it is fun and we like challenging ourselves to do better.
I know you feel like this is a witch hunt, and it may feel unfair and hurtful and all this is scary and you may feel alone.
You are not.
It is my belief that your initial intentions were good. We are all frustrated by The companies from China mass manufacturing factory dolls, marketing them as “reborns”, then undercutting those of us who labor over these dolls. I for one understand what you may have been trying to do by getting the trademark.
I think many of us are upset because you didn’t lean on your community and discuss this, think this through completely. By trademarking a term that does not belong to you and by using that to take business away from other artists you have created a lot of anger and distrust.
I personally am going to give you the benefit of the doubt. I believe you are here on this forum, maybe on others, and I am hoping this letter finds you.
I think you can make this right, and it can be done easily.
You might want to let people know (you can post a letter to your website) that your intention was not to hurt other reborn artists. Apologize to the people that were affected by you on Etsy and any other market place. Pull your right to trademark and try your best to forge some relationships with your community. Time will heal, we all make mistakes, and if you are a good person and a good artists that will shine through and the rest will fade.
We are an awesome group of people, no one wants to hurt anyones feelings or make them feel bad, but we protect each other and protect this art form we love so much.