Emmy Bright

What is your name?


Emmy Bright

Describe your creative practice. Are you a visual artist, musician, craftsperson, apparel designer, blogger, etc?

I’m a visual artist and I work on prints, making books, sometimes paper too and lanterns from it.  I also teach to people various ages from 10 year olds to older folks aroundart, education, qualitative research methods and various combinations of those things.

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How does social media affect your practice?

About 5 times a year I make a Facebook post with some process shot that I think is funny or an event or project I hope others will support or attend.  I also use the events function to let people know about workshops and events that I’m teaching or organizing.

Do you promote your work via the Internet? Why do you use the internet?

I am not very internet savvy.  But still I try – really hard! But it often takes me 30 minutes and several revisions to make a single Facebook post that I find acceptable. Because I use it at all, sometimes, I think, “Hey, I am really AM using the internet!”  But that equates effort with effectiveness and this is not always (or perhaps even often) true….  I use the internet minimally.   I do totally use my social skills to make up for my other deficits.

the internet

I do have a website www.emmybright.com which I like a lot as an archive of a bunch of my work.  It’s a great excuse to get nice documentation done – and I like that my practice is visible to my students, employers, etc. even if that’s not what we’re working on together. In some way, I do bring my creative practice to work, so it’s cool to be able to have some awareness of what I make out there in advance.  Googling right now I think is kind of like being in the phonebook, so having my own website is like making sure I’m presenting in a way I want to be.  It is with great effort and lots of help that I’m able to do this!

My sensibility is pretty tactile  and social, so while the internet is not my zone, mail art is more so- and I also send little prints and other objects through the mail pretty regularly to collaborators, current and future directors etc. 

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What are some websites, social networks or other digital media that you find yourself using, loving and/or lurking on a somewhat regular basis?

I do really like the list serves I’m on.  I find out about job openings, projects, grants, and calls for work, and calls for papers that I otherwise would have missed.  I also comb these to share items with various students, colleagues and friends.  Also, because I’m on several “professional networks” I also get to find out what my friends are publishing and other currents in my fields.  I lurk facebook for the same intents and purposes as well as seeing what all my past students are working on and who got a new dog recently.

Are there any creative people [visual artist, musician, craftsperson, apparel designer, blogger, etc] who are using web platforms in a particularly interesting way?

 I read “magazines” like Printeresting  and Feministing regularly for their content, and I also keep track of a few image oriented archive type websites like http://50watts.com/ and http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.com to help me think about composition, relationships between text and image, and color.  Then archives like http://www.ubuweb.com  and www.retronaut.com have some great online collections to rifle through.


There are people who are totally smart about the internet!!

Mary Kim Arnold  is a writer who uses a Tumblr site for her unfolding narrative.  Her tumblr reads like an ongoing, musing, semi non-fictional narrative form..  Having a piece slowly unspooling every few days is such a gift.  Originally Dostoyevsky wrote this way – in magazines – the Brothers Karamozov a serial in magazines. It has that sense of limitless possibility built into the internet’s infinite structure.

Matthew Derby is a writer who has co-created an amazing novel? experience? called The Silent History.  Text, recordings, and video become available over time and based on geo-location. I’ve heard some.  About an epidemic, a dystopic future/past/current time – totally scary and sprawling in the best ways.  Readers can also contribute to the story as I understand it. 

Anne Elizabeth Moore is an activist and writer who uses the internet as a way of getting her political, pedagogical and artistic ideas out into the world.  She does it in a perhaps a “publishing” way (website blog, facebook,etc.); she shares her writing,  “top ten” lists, links to projects, shares archives of her writings, class syllabi, and puts invitations for collaboration out there. She was a co-founder of the punk planet zine years ago and her punk/cultural critic ethos transcends newsprint (and the 1990s) and into the internets today.

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Are there any websites/ web platforms that you have found to be less helpful, not as interesting or even taboo for creative people to use?

A lot of my school students are on Deviant Art, and they seem to get a lot of affirmation out of it.  Older folks seem to look down upon it/.  I can’t tell if this difference is a “real” taboo about where Art should live, or simply a generational difference in approach.  Like so many things, this is probably a “know your audience” type of decision.

LinkedIn does nothing for me.

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What advice would you give to artists, musicians, bloggers, and online retailers?

Use the internet as one more reason to take real beautiful photographs of your work or have someone else take them.   Even if it costs money. 

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