ARTCAMP-GLOBAL CRAFTS ACCOUNT BALANCING ISSUE
December 18, 2017 Kevin Ward, co-owner of Global Crafts,
of Florida U.S.A. formally cut relations with the Artcamp office.
Kevin Ward, claiming to be ‘offended’, cut off communications with Artcamp’s office,
opening business relations with the older-sister of one of the cooperative’s members.
But the casting-machine belongs to Artcamp; so do the ingots of casting metal.
Additionally, the designs are property of the cooperative, and of the community.
This sister-artisan used Artcamp’s machine and materials without paying for them.
These are also poor crafts-workers, so necessity is certainly a good enough excuse
Still, they do not have a way to pay for the materials, only for their own hand-labor.
Uncountable rosaries were said in 2018, since there was little else to do.
Artcamp women showed some solidarity and hoped things would improve.
But they didn’t. Kevin and Renice didn’t reconcile invoices and shipments in 2007,
as is normal in business. Instead of reconciling shipments and payments, like other international buyers, Global Crafts claimed the privilege of being ‘offended’; they retired. Can a professional accountant review the Artcamp-Global Crafts accounting?
Because, as things stand now, NO final balance has ever been presented by Global Crafts.
Stone Mosaic Jewelry * Earrings by the Artcamp Cooperative
JEWELRY DESIGN ISSUE
Even if Artcamp is not to be paid correctly for jewelry-deliveries in 2017 and 2018,
there is still the question of Artcamp’s jewelry in the hands of Global Crafts: DO they
intend to merchandise Artcamp’s jewelry, proclaiming that we will be the beneficieries?
No, Artcamp, as representative of the jewelry-making community of Tecalpulco
and Taxco El Viejo, and together with the comisaries of the two villages (these are
elected Constitutional officials with executive powers) communally claim the intellectual property rights of these jewelry-designs that define the physical finished-jewelry product.
Global Crafts has to negotiate with us (talk with us) to resolve this issue of whether
they can sell our jewelry without our permission, when we have advised them that
these designs have lawful owners: the local artisans themselves who created them.
Stone Mosaic Parrot by Artcamp
EXAMPLES OF THE FORMAL DESIGN ART THAT ACCOMPANIES ARTCAMP’S
LEGAL CLAIMS OF THE OWNERSHIP OF THESE DESIGNS AND MANY OTHERS:
ORIGINAL STONE MOSAIC JEWELRY BY THE CRAFTSWOMEN OF ARTCAMP COOPERATIVE
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