What follows is a copy of Nefer Kanes comments with regard to her dear friend and fellow artist Rachelle of Lillycat Cerisedolls. It is reposted here with her permission:
RECAST….? FRIENDLY ONLY.
Or, ” All You always wanted to know about Rachelle Lillycat Cerisedolls”
I am not going to open a big debate already well open everywhere on how recast is illegal, the law, the jail, the ethic… Some are way more capable than me on this subject and pardon me, but I think this is not really the point in my very humble opinion.
No. It is not. I already hear everyone yelling “omg Nefer Kane fell on her head; wtf is she saying? what the hell?”
First about companies being recasted, it’s an asian problem. They can solve it on their own and the only question it brings, is you, as a buyer do you want to get a cheap fake? That is to be left to everyone’s conscience and moral value.
Honestly tonight I really don’t give a damn.
I am sorry but it’s true. I buy my legit dolls, and I don’t give a fuck if Fairyland is recasted or not.
Because today, something happened to me; to the private person I am. Something that I must say the loudest I can; because it touches something very private in my life : My Friend Lillycat.
She is recasted.
So, I know… Everyone is going to talk about laws, illegality, how dreadful it is for an artist, and the “ethics” of all this. WELL.
That’s not what I thought at first when I read the news. Not at all. I thought about what no one really thought about : Who Rachelle is.
Now I see all of you thinking and looking for answer, like “she’s lillycat, the one that makes the dolls…” That’s not exactly what I talk about. And I ask to each of you reading this post, DO YOU KNOW WHO RACHELLE IS?
No. 99% of You don’t.
I do. I truly do. 100%. Because as a person, and beyond our works; she is a close friend. If you all looked for an answer and gave a thought about who she is, it’s very simple; it’s because Rachelle never says a word. She is shy and private. Some of you think ( I know it) that she is cold, distant… This is why I know that you barely know her except her artist name. Lillycat is one of the most sensitive, fair, loyal and honorable person I have ever met. She is just shy thus not sharing a lot about her personal thoughts and feelings. It’s not her nature. I would say, lucky us in a way; because she puts all her emotions in her sculpts and the world she created for them; which enchants everyone of us; me first; as Lillycat is one of the very rare artists I collect for my own collection and I can tell you that the quality of her sculpts and all she puts in them make of them the treasures of my collection I will never let go.
My first thought reading that this son of a bloody whore ( yes…) Luo Ligui recast her doll has been ” she won’t speak and will just leave.”
I was right. This is what she told me tonight. She wants to simply stop and leave. She is too hurt; so hurt that she can’t even express how much.
When we sculpt something, we, artists; we give a part of us to the public to accept it or not. If the piece doesn’t work, we can only think ” that part of me was not good enough to be shared, shown, given. I was not good enough to be accepted.”
When a piece of our work is stolen like it is the case now for Rachelle, it’s a real piece of us taken away from us. A piece that you, the public, accepted and led us to have a little love. Taken away, violating who we are just to make money.
Don’t come and tell me that recast has excuses : I don’t talk about recast and I don’t give a fuck right now. Recast is not my concern right now. My worry is my friend, that person everyone knows without seeing her true shining colors, Rachelle.
And I hear already those saying “Lillycat is expensive! here is why she’s been recasted!”
What do you know?
Rachelle and I, so I can speak about what I personally live; as she would never dare to bother everyone with this; we are french declared artists. We have a registered company. She has two employees and I have one. That bloody recast is going to be sold for 156$.
That is about 70% of the price we pay our manufacturer for such a doll. We also have the same manufacturer. So, let’s be technique before accusing her of greed : to this recast price, add 30% more; then add the shipping from China to France, add the minimum order we have to reach, if we don’t, we have to buy more dolls at our expenses, add the customs taxes for the dolls parcels to be given to us, add the taxes we pay on each single sale to our government, and no, in France we are taxed around 60% as artists, sorry but it’s true. Add the cushions, the eyes, the bags, the packing material and shipping boxes. THEN you will have the real price we pay each of our dolls. Plus, we have, as registered companies, special taxes to pay as well. Is she expensive?
I am sorry but NO. And I am not talking about the wages and taxes we have to pay for each months, nor about the workshop she needs to work and she pays a rent every month.
Rachelle has three children. Two little girls twins and a little boy. They are 5 and 7. Did you know that?
She’s not the funky lil artist making a lot of money on the back of people. She has pink hair yep… I do too… It doesn’t make of us VIP. It might be just because we are dreamers in the hope to live in a better world. But first of all, we are mothers and we work to feed our children.
One day, a few years ago; everyone knows that some people tried to put me out of work. To finish me. The person I could count on, even if for her, at that moment it was a terrible choice because she was friend with these people and barely knew me; this person I could count on has been Rachelle. She thought it was unfair and said it out loud. One day I told her ” Maybe I am going to kill myself.” And she forced me to change my mind. She has been there for me and pushed me to work again because I did quit. Rachelle might not be the most extrovert; but she is the most reliable person I know. When my ordeal has been over, she didn’t turn her back. She, during years, stood straight with her opinion and never changed her mind. So ok ok… You don’t hear that much about Rachelle; but I can tell you the why she would never dare to : it’s because she never hurts someone, even when she gets hurts. It’s because she hates drama and never does mean things. Because she never complains. Because she is shy. By the way, I would add it is easy to attack and pull down someone who will not answer violently… It is so EASY. But I am her friend and I am shameless so I tell what she cannot.
I am not talking about recast tonight; I talk about my friend Rachelle. And I say as loud as I can that I don’t want her to go and give up. On my side, what I shall do, is that I will keep on collecting her dolls, to support her and her three children. Also because her work is astounding. She deserves every way my support.
Even if we have pink hair, it doesn’t make the world better. But Einstein said that the world will not be destroyed by those doing Evil, but by those letting them do so. I, on my little side; will try to put a balance back for Rachelle. I will always collect her dolls. I am not going to insult and yell after recast lovers. I don’t care. If some want a Lillycat recast : I leave it to your conscience. Rachelle is a very good person, she takes an immense care of her collectors and respect them while also being grateful to them, she is a mother of three little ones. Up to your conscience.
Now, for MY Rachelle, I invite everyone to share this post, and to TRULY support her by collecting her dolls thus I hope she won’t leave.
The world would be darker if Rachelle quits. I am not letting this happen without fighting first.
Her name is Rachelle, not many know her; but I needed to tell you that she is one of the most glorious persons I have ever known.
Thank you for your attention and time dear friends,
Lets support each other, shall we?