The simple purpose of this blog is solely to reveal that the person behind http://handmadeartisanfraud.blogspot.com/ is disgruntled artist Ullja Kuntze. Her other blog is here: http://ullja.wordpress.com.
We have documented proof that Ullja Kuntze is the author of http://handmadeartisanfraud.blogspot.com/. She has been making purchases from the businesses she targets, apparently in order to obtain the owners names and addresses before she fraudulently reports them to local tax and licensing agencies, and she pays for those purchases using her Paypal account under her business name "Beads4U". The address on file for this account matches Ullja Kuntze's address in Texas. We, the authors of this blog, have not yet been targeted by Ullja Kuntze's blog, but a great number of highly respected and talented artisans within the handmade arts community have been; primarily those she considers to be in direct competition with her, and those who have questioned the business practices that have caused her online shop to be closed in the past, and her Etsy and Artfire profiles banned. It is our concern that these artisans will be adversely affected by Ullja Kuntze's false claims.
Ullja Kuntze has, on http://handmadeartisanfraud.blogspot.com/, anonymously defamed a number of excellent and reputable artisans with false and unfounded claims that they are perpetrating fraud and tax evasion. We at Artisan Fraud Truth Report wish only to see the names of these honest businesspeople vindicated. Currently, when you Google their names, Ullja Kuntze's blog http://handmadeartisanfraud.blogspot.com/ comes up, associating their names with fraud. This appears to be a clear and deliberate attempt to damage the livelihood and reputations of these artisans through Google search manipulation. It is our hope that this blog will, through using many of the same techniques, also appear on these Google searches and help mitigate the harm Ullja Kuntze is inflicting on these fine businesspeople.
Here is more information about Ullja Kuntze's current and past run-ins with the artisan community:
As well, a number of artists have blogged about her - needless to say, most of these people have now been libeled with false accusations of illegal activity on her blog:
There is also this humorous parody blog, to lighten the grim mood this has put many artisans in:
If you have a blog about this situation you would like linked, please let us know.