Plans for the Blog Going Forward

I had a minor setback in writing this week. I was the designated driver for a loved one going into surgery the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. While I had brought everything I would need with me, it was overly ambitious to think I’d be able to concentrate. (Everything turned out fine, by the way!)

Jumping in, the functional goals I have for this blog fit in to the theme of continuing education (as I outlined in the previous post):

(1) Read / summarize / review art theory books. Especially those which are suggested reading for MFA candidates in the Visual Arts.

(2) Read / summarize / review books on professional development for creatives.

(3) Progress reports on on-going projects, artist interviews and events in Atlanta.


I’m still noodling through my plans for an editorial calendar, but I will forge ahead with my blog in the meantime!



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Published by Emily Duncan, on December 1st, 2013 at 6:01 pm. Filled under: Art News,Creativity,Current Events,FYI,Uncategorized2 Comments

Hello, World

Hi, everybody!

You can’t see it yet, but I’m working on a revamp of my site. My web guy has gotten pulled further into his day job for the time being. So I thought, “Why not jump start my blog while we wait?”

I have been wanting to do this for a while, but I have had issues sparing the mental bandwidth to do so. As an experiment, I started my day by handwriting this copy at the very start of my day. So far, so good.

It has been almost 18 months since my last entry and, believe it or not, a lot has happened since then. Here are the highlights – at least the ones that will be relevant to this blog:

I drifted away from the part-time art classes and I started working full time for a growing publisher called Booktrope.

I applied and was accepted into the MFA Painting program at SCAD Atlanta. As the enrollment date approached, it became clear that the only financial aid I would have access to would be in the form of student loans. It was then that I decided not to proceed with an MFA at SCAD Atlanta. Please don’t misunderstand. It’s a fantastic school with an amazing network of alums, but I just couldn’t square the numbers.

2013 Tuition – $33,750 @ 3 years = $101, 250.


Loans – $20,500 (Unsubsidized Direct Loan) + $21, 873 (Optional Graduate PLUS Loan)

= $42,373

(And 3 years of that = $127,119 (!!!))


While I have confidence that I probably could have found a clever way to pay that off, it made more sense to design my own “program of study” which includes developing my own knowledge / skill base and network of contacts, free from the yoke of crushing debt.

2013 has had a few creative bright spots, but my plan is to get more active and to use my blog as an accountability tool.

So far this year I have:

* Worked on 4 painting projects.* Visited the Girl with a the Pearl Earring / Dutch masters show at de Young museum in San Francisco. (The paintings were so jewel-like and the staging was impressive. The paintings seemed to have been lit from the inside!)
* Attended a coptic binding workshop at Straw Hat Press.
* Joined Leisa Rich’s Artistic Genealogy trial workshop at C4. (I’d really like to take the longer, two-day version in the future.)
* Took part in Art Is King at the Atlanta Tech Village and I gave a quick interview for the Art Life project.
* I designed the cover art for the re-release of Diana McLellan’s The Girls: Sappho Goes to Hollywood. (Design reveal coming soon!)


It feels good to see some of this written out and I hope to do more over the course of the next year. Coming up next: I will walk though more specifics about what I plan to do with this blog and how it will benefit both you and me. (Well, that’s assuming you’re interested in art. Otherwise, I’m not entirely sure you will like consuming any of this content.)




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Published by Emily Duncan, on November 26th, 2013 at 9:35 am. Filled under: Art News,Creativity,Current Events,FYI,UncategorizedNo Comments

Sustainable Art

Fuseproject is participating in the Salone del Mobile in Milan this year and their team has created these amazing “crystals” made from recycled paper and LED lights.

According to the Fuseproject website: For our 4th collaboration with Swarovski debuting at Salone del Mobile we wanted to try something a bit different. While our previous large scale lighting sculptures have showcased the crystal in a grand scale, with this latest project we wanted to bring the notion of accessibility and sustainability to crystal lighting.

It is a pursuit in our work to try to achieve the maximum effect with the minimum amount of materials and energy: we want to create consciously and conscientiously and yet there is a need for beauty. So the challenge is to re-think how to achieve the magical effect of many crystals on a chandelier: can we amplify a single crystal and create an entire chandelier?

Traditional chandeliers are made of numerous lights and crystals, we wanted to change this equation: 1 crystal + 1 low energy LED light + a faceted paper shade = AMPLIFY. Resulting in multiple beautiful reflections and rainbow color bursts…Just what is expected from crystal, but this time the effect is amplified to get the most out of just one crystal.

AMPLIFY is a beautiful single crystal light, or it can be grouped to create a bigger effect.

We designed 6 different shapes, each one carefully crafted to maximize refractions on the inner surfaces. This effect can be seen on the faceted shade material, thus emulating the cut and reflective nature of the crystal inside. Each chandelier becomes its own large glowing crystal.

The AMPLIFY chandelier’s aim is to put the Swarovski crystal effect into the hands of more people through the simple construction, easily accessible light source and sustainable material. Each of the chandeliers will be available in production from Swarovski in the next year. To continue to amplify the concept of accessible crystal, each of the six unique lantern shapes are housed in a flat package that echoes the shape of the chandelier it contains. The packaging graphics are simple and illustrative to reflect the different shade shapes and components contained inside.

The Swarovski Crystal Palace Milan AMPLIFY launch exhibit will present 50 AMPLIFY chandeliers, contained in a black lacquered room as a large sculptural cluster, emerging from the dark with blazing crystal effects, yet sustainable.

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Published by Emily Duncan, on April 16th, 2010 at 1:31 pm. Filled under: Uncategorized Tags: , , , , , , 2 Comments

Didn’t Get In

Dear Emily,

I would like to thank you for giving us the opportunity to examine your application for the Mombukagakusho scholarship.

We were very pleased with the caliber of candidates that applied for this scholarship, and it made our selection very difficult.

It is with deep regret that I inform you that we are unable to offer you a Mombukagakusho scholarship at this time.

We wish you every success in your future endeavors and encourage you to continue your academic interest in Japan. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance.


Jessica Kennett Cork
Advisor for Educational and Cultural Affairs
JET Program Coordinator
MEXT Scholarship Coordinator

Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta
Atlanta, GA

Published by Emily Duncan, on June 21st, 2007 at 1:41 pm. Filled under: UncategorizedNo Comments

Slow Summer Days at School

Not much happened today. I studied at my desk, but I’m kinda far behind so I cancelled my lesson for today. I still have my Japanese lesson tomorrow, though. After lunch I went to my little studio room next to the art room to study with my music on. I’m really disappointed. The school will be taking my little room away next month. They want to store all the school’s stupid paintings in there. I tried to reason with them and say that we could store and the paintings there and I could still use it to paint, but no dice.

It’s disappointing on several levels. One being that I don’t have a real table to sit at in my house. Which makes book work easier. And another being that I don’t have any big flat surfaces to work on in my house (like the big wood panel I was lucky enough to find hidden behind some stuff in the area next to my little art room).

Published by Emily Duncan, on July 6th, 2006 at 4:49 am. Filled under: Uncategorized Tags: , , No Comments