This hauntingly beautiful paper cut and doll are made by Melodie Stacey. In her Etsy profile she says "The main reason I enjoy making my dolls is that every one has it's own individual character, no two dolls are the same." When you look at Melodie's shop and her work you see a theme, important and unique to her that she has expressed with great talent. Even though Melodie uses different mediums, you see the same "soul" in the pieces she creates.
As I looked for words to support and reassure a fellow Etsy seller struggling to protect her work from being copied, I found myself focusing on how impossible it is to copy the "essence" of someone's work.
One aspect of my paper cuts that I really enjoy is that they reflect the movement of my hand. If someone looked over a piece with a magnifying glass, they could see the story of the cut: where I lifted my hand, when I changed knife blade, where I started and finished a cut.
Handcrafted goods are valuable because they are hand crafted. They are connected to the maker in a way that mass produced goods just can't be.