Thursday, 11 February 2010

Paperchase Sucks?

Paperchase describes itself as "the undisputed retail brand leader in design led and innovative stationery in the UK". Any Twitterers may already have learnt of this company's alleged (and I for one am convinced) unscrupulous and unrepentant plagiarism of an indie artist's work, for incorporation in its products.

Hidden Eloise is an independent artist whose work appears to have been stolen by Paperchase. A former employee of the company has said that the company's design team has a long history of ripping artists off in this way. Unfortunately, unless you have a corporate bank balance, the courts provide no answer.

Here, perhaps, is another opportunity for users of the Web to flex their muscles and shame the company into a more moral code of conduct. I've emailed Paperchase here to say what I think, anyway.


  1. It's a shame, Paperchase had the potential for originality.

  2. I had no idea about this and have always loved a visit to Paperchase when in London. Not any more - no way.

  3. they just seem to pop into my mind and I suddenly remember them with great clarity.

    Work From Home

  4. Have missed you!

    It took a campaign for justice to rouse you. So YOU!

    Aloha, Friend

    Comfort Spiral

  5. One word comes to mind: scum. And I'm being generous.

  6. Bastards. Maybe also if there was a greeting in verse inside the card that was ripped off too (off Patience Strong, perhaps).

  7. Just debating with myself whether to dump my Paperchase diary in the bin. It has Paul Smithesque stripes on it....


  8. Queen Mab - It sounds as though it is the studio which supplied Paperchase, or the designer that supplied them, that may be at fault. But Paperchase should not have brushed off the artist when she first contacted them.

    Fancy - They must be good for artists. Perhaps they will learn from this and be even better.

    Nishant - I'm guessing dreams, not artworks?

    Cloudia - Aloha. I need to lighten up!

  9. Amanda - I couldn't put it better!

    Steve - They are a bit. Outed now, too.

    Gadjo - Dear Patience. I have a feeling we're going to hear from a lot of other aggreived artists in the wake of this.

    Nota Bene - That made me laugh!