Artist Interview: Emily Dustman Art

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Craftland is excited to introduce you to Emily Dustman, the Rhode Island-based artist behind Emily Dustman Art! We proudly carry Emily’s postcards. Follow her on Facebook.

What is your background and how did you get into creating what you make now?

I am an artist, scientist, and teacher. I have been an artist since I could use my hands to create. For over a decade, I have been a scientist, (specifically a herpetologist) studying turtles. For nearly eight years, I have also been teaching college science courses.

All of these experiences in my life have led me to creating “The Turtles of Rhode Island” educational postcard set for the public. I did so with the hopes that people would first be able to see the beauty that turtles have; secondly, learn a little bit about them; and finally, appreciate/help to conserve some of their local fauna.

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Tell us about your design and making process?

It is my belief that an artist’s studio is no different than an scientist’s laboratory. Both are places for questions, creative thought, and experimentation. I adhere to this mentality in all aspects of my creative and scientific practices.

What is the source of your inspiration?

My inspiration is to always based around, “What do I want to learn?” I am always learning something new whether it be a new medium or subject.

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What do you think makes your process and product stand out?

Learning is at the core of my being and this seems to be a repetitive theme in my work – to help others learn something new too. I think this makes my work stand out to an extent. It’s not just about being visually beautiful but it’s also about educating someone about something they might not have otherwise known about.

Any advice for anyone who is also interested in pursuing their own creative career?

No one else is going to do it for you so…just make the leap already! What’s the worst that can happen?