It’s been a fun, creative, sorta hectic week!
My friend Bernie Shine (he of the matchbook cover tray and endless collection of amazing vintage goods) put me in touch with the folks who run SWEET! the huge, Willie Wonka-ish candy store smack the heart of Hollywood.
If you’re ever in LA you have to visit this place – it’s amazing! Handmade chocolate, all kinds of candy, themed rooms, clothing, vintage goods, it’s clever and fun and pretty wonderful.
(they also have given me big chocolate bars every time I’ve visited so they are definitively my new favorite people!)
They wanted to carry all my vintage Los Angeles themed coasters and they were about to host the folks from Turner Classic Movies during the TCM Festival this weekend. So when I delivered my coasters on Tuesday I also had worked up some TCM fan friendly sets.
Embarrassing Side Note: This was actually supposed to be a set called “The Silents.” Geralyn even came up with a great tag line for the package – “The coasters ARE big! It’s the coffee table that got small!”
But I goofed.
I assumed the Garbo movie was a silent and I didn’t even know Clara Bow had made talkies but, after making up the coasters I did my research (I think I see where I might have gone wrong now….) and discovered that both were talkies. Oops!
And that’s where I hit my tiny moral dilemma.
I try to use only authentic vintage graphics. But occasionally I get stuck -I can find three but not four images for a coaster set or there are copyright issues or what I can find isn’t quite right etc. So sometimes I need to fake it. It’s rare but it happened twice this week.
So, you know that set of National Park coasters above?
I made up the Yosemite one.
And I have to do something similar with a commission I received to make a “vintage” Hollywood Bowl matchbook cover coaster.
They are really fun to work on but I’m not a big fan of “fake vintage” and I worry it’s a slippery slope. Am I tricking people? Does anyone really care other than me? If I use the phrase “vintage inspired” or “inspired by” does that absolve me? What do you think?