Ghost Artists

The Arts

Last night we were discussing the creation of art and outsourcing work, and I was reminded of a story from my friend Polly, a wonderful artist who was hired to teach children how to make a piece of quilted art. When the children’s finished work was hung, she noticed something odd about it – it all looked a little too professional.

She spoke to the teacher, who explained that they had outsourced the final manufacture of the designs to India, so that the kids with different ability in the craft side of creation could compete with the ones who were good at both the craft and art side of the work.

I was horrified by this, but it seems not to be unusual. Could writers be far behind? Oh, wait a minute, celebrity ghost writers, of course!

2 comments on “Ghost Artists”

  1. Helen Martin says:

    As a former teacher I too am horrified. This was a competition? In that case it has to be “all my own work”. No matter what the intent, you don’t outsource it. The only exception I can think of is if the children’s designs were transferred to fabric and the result made into a quilted object. If the quilting was part of the artwork then they had to do it themselves. We don’t make everyone run the 440, we don’t make everyone stand up and sing solo, we don’t make everyone do public mathematics or science demonstrations. Everyone should try everything unless there is something completely preventing it, but ye gods we all know there is no such thing as a level playing field. Do what you can do well and enjoy others’ performances where you can’t. Bah! Wish I had that purple dressing gown to wear off in a huff!

  2. Helen Martin says:

    Was at a retirement function yesterday and ran this scenario past a few teachers. The universal reaction was one of distaste.

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