This just seems so obvious.
Thank you so much for picking this up and sending it to me Whitney! As disturbing as it was to hold this in my hand, it is really nice to have been able to shoot decent photos of the copy in the same poses as the original, hopefully to help make my case more obvious. It is, right? How can anyone say the original animal was not copied here?
My case is moving along super slow, but that's okay. I'm not going to just give it up. This animal was bought for $9.99. That's insane. And it's so sad to see this Made in China sticker on it's belly. Heartbreaking. Well, at least it doesn't say "Fern" on those mass-produced bums.
Here are a couple other copies I found in a local shop, mass-produced by the same company:
A super shoddy version of a little birdie made by Stephanie Congdon Barnes, selling for $12, with that awful sticker right on its face.
And a little owl originally made by Paper Fox.
I'll keep you posted with any new information. Thanks for all of your support. It really helps me to keep my head up and stick with this, no matter how much I sometimes want to just drop the whole thing, to just close up the Fern Animal shop after a good five years, and move on with my life. I know that is not the right thing to do, as hard as it is to know copies of my design are out there, tempting others I'm sure to copy those...
Dear internet friends: you help make me strong. I cannot tell you how much I truly appreciate you. Through all of this, and everything else over the past five years. Thank you.
(you can read the original post about this situation here.)