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Heather Champ

Heather Champ believes in visual self-expression. Yours.
Proof? There are over 3000 photos in the mirror project.
Three of them are her.

About you

What did you do before the Web?

Print design, gallery assistant, waitress, bagel maker, fine arts student (not necessarily in that order).

How did you find the web?

I was the Special Projects Coordinator at the School of Architecture, Princeton University. My first project was to develop a web site for the School. It was early days, August 1994, and I created my first pages with the Simple HTML Editor (SHE).

Why are you here?

You mean there's someplace else? I remember the my very first HTML dream. I was "marking up" events. Upon waking, I knew that I was in trouble. But seriously, the web has afforded me so many opportunities and friendships that I would never have realized otherwise.

Methods of production

What do you use to create your sites?

HomeSite, PhotoShop, Illustrator, Nikon 990, Casio WristCam, Aiptek Pen cam, Diet Coke, Hershey's with Almonds, and the love, support and patience of those close to me.

About the Web

What do you see as the greatest strengths of the web?

The opportunity for everyone to self-publish. There are increasingly fewer obstacles to staking a claim. Isn't it marvelous?

What do you see as the greatest dangers?

Determining reasonable boundaries. The web is a seductive lover, a siren, who makes it all to easy share every moment and element of our lives. It's really important to keep something for yourself and to remember to push away, and step outside.

What would you say to folks who want to work the web?

Do it... Jump in and get your feet wet. The web isn't a spectator sport and there's room for everyone. Most importantly, don't let anyone tell you that what you're doing isn't up to snuff. It's all good, baby!

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