Revisiting- ImagineStudio

30 Jun

A year ago we had featured ImagineStudio and her reinterpretations of work including movie posters

We decided to revisit the shop to see if she’s still at it..

Some of our findings-
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This design was posted in someone’s flickr named Simone (imaginestudio is Lyse)
called “Havisham House”:
ImagineStudio’s called “At the Museum”:

The painter William Bougureau’s “The Lost Pleiad”

This is model Christy Turlington:


32 Responses to “Revisiting- ImagineStudio”

  1. Stasha June 30, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    Wouldn’t be surprised if her “painted” style is to fool tineye!

  2. etsyhate June 30, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    If so, it didn’t work, tin eye found the original. That one is so blatant.

    This “artist” is doing something similar:

  3. adoringhag June 30, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    She’s got a good thing going stealing form other artists, not that she actually is one, so why stop?

  4. adoringhag June 30, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

    “Although the image above has no apparent watermark, it is copyright protected and cannot in any way, shape or form be used without written permission by me. Thank-you for respecting my rights and hard work in the knowledge that I shall also respect yours.”


  5. Toaster June 30, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    I love the whole ‘painted photograph’ thing that’s clearly an image run through one or two Photoshop filters. I need to get in on this racket!

  6. ohmeohmy June 30, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    She makes me sick. Just fess up and give credit to the artist or photographer! Or learn to take your own damn pics. Geezzzzz.

  7. PIF June 30, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

    I wonder if Christy’s agent, photographer, and original commissioner know about that blatant theft…

  8. Curious June 30, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    Also found this:

    which she describes as: “They are all made based on my artworks .”

    Is this Modigliani: Mani

  9. hagwithmorals June 30, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    I was so devastated when I read the callout about her the last time and didn’t want to believe it. But, it looks like since she got away with it, she’s going to continue stealing work from other people and calling it her own.

    I really wanted a couple of her items but was too afraid to purchase since I wasn’t sure what was really her work and what could be stolen. I’m glad I saved my money.

  10. Toaster June 30, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    Oh man, if it wouldn’t be a further violation of the original artist’s copyrights, I’d love to create an Etsy account selling prints of mashups of her ‘work,’ maybe run through a Photoshop filter.

  11. TootieSkates July 1, 2011 at 7:40 am #

    I need opinions… I am considering buying a bag from this shop but something doesn’t feel right. The neutrals and the prices have me concerned.

  12. em July 1, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    honestly, I’m suspicious of Adeleshop too. Can’t say for sure, though. The bags look much too highly detailed to be sold at that price. Plus, they just look like something you’d get at JC Penney that was made in Asia. For example, this: She says it takes 3 weeks to make it, yet it’s only $150. There’s just too much meaningless detail. Oh, and the way the bottoms are sewn.. just doesn’t look artisan-made to me.

    Disclaimer – I don’t sew, nor am I a handbag expert. So, my observations might not be 100% accurate.

    I did buy a purse from JennyNdesign a few months ago and I love it! Yes, she is one of the front page favorites, but she really does make her bags and they are lovely. I got one of the ‘traveler’ bags and I use it every single day.

  13. sickofcupcakes July 1, 2011 at 9:48 am #

    I don’t know about Adele. She has great feedback other than the 5 neutrals. I would buy it as long as you are not in a big hurry. I love most of her stuff.

  14. Life During Wartime July 1, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    And again, fauxtique in the fp treasury:

    Not vintage.

    “Never ascribe to malice that which can be explained by incompetence.” –Napoleon Bonaparte

  15. Life During Wartime July 1, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    More from the same shop:

    Yeah, nothing says the listing is for a vintage item than an offer to make more:

    “Our land has been farmed for over a century and we’re happy to remove abandon sections of barbed wire and repurpose it into rustic, shabby chic wreaths.”

  16. Trista July 1, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    MissVioletLace is on the FP right now. Previously called out here for reselling Ebay with a huge markup:

  17. Trista July 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    *Sorry – that should have been “Ebay WIGS with a huge markup”.

  18. Cat Power July 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    Tootie, those bags look a little too good to be true, especially if you went all the way back in her sold items ….she started selling on Etsy with little felt “copyrighted” figures made of felt. That’s a huge jump to super spectacular leather bags. I could be quite wrong, but it doesn’t feel right to me either.

    I’d be a bit cautious unless you don’t mind buying from a reseller, but the bags remind me of some I have seen that are made in Brazil.

  19. Cat Power July 1, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    LDW, well the funnel on barnwood sold! Surprise, surprise!

  20. Lisa July 1, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

    I’m confused about Adeleshop’s feedback. She doesn’t have any negatives, yet she’s not at 100%. How is that possible?

  21. Life During Wartime July 1, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

    I am not surprised that the funnel wall vase sold. That’s the kind of ‘vintage’ people shop for on Etsy. If you listed a 1930s wall vase made of glass or pottery for the same price, it wouldn’t sell unless you painted over it and/or glued it to something else.

    Just checked, and there are a bunch of cute real vintage wall vases (or wall pockets) listed on Etsy. Which will never be on the front page.

  22. sickofcupcakes July 1, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

    RE: Adeleshop, if you check out her first few sold purses you can see a watermark.


  23. EyeRoll July 2, 2011 at 6:52 am #

    Garbage in , garbage out. Garbage, garbage, garbage. And TRASH!

  24. Trista July 2, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    Wow, talk about copyright infringement!

  25. falseprism July 5, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    Nice call on Adeleshop. If you look really closely at those first few bags she sold you can see where someone took the background, blurred it and then put the “simone” over it. did a little poking around and couldn’t find any photographers or studios even closely related to what the watermark says.

    Even the felted things the shop made before becoming an expert leather purse designer (yeah right) and seamstress look like they are something you would find in an Asian street market. I looked adeleshop up a while back and couldn’t find anything in halifax that made me think there was a legit shop –
    I love going back through the sold items and seeing the artist progression and design changes, abrupt changes like the one you pointed out in adele are the ones that set off red flags.
    Sorry, but you don’t go from tee shirts decorated with fabric puff paint to couture gowns overnight. I call bullshit on Adeleshop.

    It always makes me wish I knew someone in the town of the alleged re-seller so I could have them contact the seller and ask them for an interview for the local newspaper – like a nice special interest article with photos of their shop and a little history.

    Another thing that I have noticed is that a lot of the true artists;
    1. are not afraid to talk about their craft and or process
    2. are usually MORE than happy to be interviewed and have info about their shop/business published (even if they don’t want their individual name used) I mean really – who DOESN’T want free publicity?
    3. all internet searches bring up NOTHING about the brand, the artist, an address, phone number, etc…
    (of course there can be many reasons for this, but when you put all of those things together- they are usually a good sign that something is fishy)
    4. and an individual that can’t tell you specifics about their product or calls the components by the wrong name.

  26. PussDaddy July 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

    What hagwithmorals said (in her first paragraph).

  27. falseprism July 16, 2011 at 6:58 am #

    eeeks! – sorry about that last post i wrote above, the last portion is a bit goofy –
    It should read that “most” or a lot of true artisans are 1 & 2
    and sometimes I get suspicious about a shop when I see # 3 or # 4

    don’t know if anyone else noticed my error, but thought I should correct it.

  28. Ted December 12, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    I agree with the skeptical comments here about adeleshop after doing some research: the items are very likely not handmade, etc., but rather mass-market goods imported from China or elsewhere.

    The shop appears to be affiliated with an entity by the name of “Daria Laura” (it conducts PayPal transactions using this name).

    Tracing that information to Facebook brings you to a barebones page that describes Daria Laura (in Fredericton, NB, Canada) as “Your online source for rings, pendants, earring, bracelets, necklaces, watches, bags and more.”

    The creator of the Facebook page is noted as Laura Qi of St. John, NB, Canada. Googling Laura Qi indicates that she is affiliated with a trading company / distributor / wholesaler named YGQ International Co. in St. John, NB ( that trades in “art, jewelry, clothes.”

  29. whatever June 24, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    Lyse Marion of ImagineStudio is at it again! I don’t know why we should be surprised, it was only a matter of time before she’d be taking credit for other’s people’s art.



  30. etsyshit September 6, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

    Here is the link that shows the COPIED and STOLEN work she SOLD and made money from with no credit to the ORIGINAL ARTIST.

  31. Temujin Sage November 16, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    I am trying to find the ORIGINAL artist of this work, seeking permission for use.

    Any idea whom it really is?

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