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The artist and anthropologist accuses Brand of ripping off her cup

A small pottery artist has taken to TikTok to share that retailer Anthropologie has started promoting heart-shaped mugs that look similar to the ones she made last year — and viewers are cheering. her area.

Anna Weaver (@annaweaver96) used her platform to share that she made identical mugs of Anthropologie products for her small business Ivy Patch Cat Pottery last year for Valentine’s Day. She also claims to be an Anthropologie employee and says the company’s Instagram account has liked the pictures she shares of her creations.

“As an artist and employee of @anthropologie I am heartbroken,” Weaver wrote in the caption on one Instagram post related to the situation. “I have screenshots of old posts about my heart cup, which @anthropologie and/or @anthroliving liked the photo(s). I used to be so excited when I saw that announcement and now I couldn’t be more disappointed. This was and still is an original ME design that has been scrapped and slightly modified for mass production. I kept silent. I won’t let this continue. If you scroll to the end, you’ll see I’m not alone. “

In her TikTok video that has amassed more than 162,000 views, Weaver says that the design, while simple, is an original idea she created herself.

“I’ve never seen anyone do something like this,” she says in the video. “So I’m so excited and today it all fell apart when I saw this.”

She then displays display panels of Anthropology merchandise that look similar to hers, even with enamel colors.

Many commenters tagged Anthropologie’s TikTok account in the comments section, urging the company to give Weaver credit and pay for her intellectual property.

“@Anthropologie how can you steal from your employees???” wrote one commenter. “And you better not fire her for calling you guys out or you’ll come across these hands.”

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Others say that the design Weaver uses is actually very popular and they can see how Anthropologie can come up with ideas independently.

“I mean heart cups have been around since the 90s… it’s not theft anymore it’s yours but theft by previous artists,” one commenter wrote. .

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Responding to another commenter with the same feeling, Weaver said she had never seen cups that looked like the ones she had made.

“Personally I’ve never seen any like mine but it’s a huge world full of creators, so I’m sure similar people exist too much of a coincidence.” she wrote.

The Daily Dot has reached out to Weaver via Instagram DM, as well as Anthropologie directly via email.

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*First published: January 8, 2022, 12:45pm CST

Brooke Sjoberg

Brooke Sjoberg is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot, studying journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also the Arts and Life Editor of Daily Texan and an editorial intern for Texas Connect magazine.

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