Is plagiarism taught in Art School? Samantha Beeston wins prizes with traced work.

It's been brewing all weekend, it looks like Samantha Beeston, a young British artist, won the Textprint illustration prize with patterns that were directly traced from Lauren Nassef's and other artists work. Not "inspired by", but traced. Like the Nazi Meat.
Samantha's own website has gone offline, and she's mysteriously missing from the lineup of Textprint winners - the group shot has six people but there are only five winners listed now.

Book by it's cover has the many examples side by side, and happens to be a friend of the copied illustrator Lauren Nassef whose rock-solid online portfolio speaks volumes on its own. Samantha's work seems to have copied from the Woodpigeon Songbook as well.

youthoughtwewouldn'tnotice blog has posted some of the images side by side in the post Samantha Beeston Traces Her Way To Glory: I thought I would create this post for posterity then, so that even if Beeston manages to erase all trace of her terrible theft there would still be this proof.

Even her sketchbook is full of traced, copied and perhaps even photocopied items (making more of a scrap book IMHO)

Samantha went to Falmouth, a school with quite a good reputation, and she got high marks. How will this affect the school reputation? Did they not discuss that line between being inspired and plain plagiarizing?

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