Welcome, I’m Elaine.
I make art, write about art and run a tiny art gallery. Find out more about me.
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I'm delighted to announce that my new online shop is open! It's cleaner, better organized, and easier to shop than our old one! Check it out by clicking the SHOP button in the upper right. So far I've added all of our stickers - I'm really into women's history...read more
All over the world, where people dye with indigo, they tend to take a small round object, put it in the fabric, gather it up, and tie it. The object could be a bean, a cowrie shell, a seed. Here I've used dried black beans and tiny rubber bands. I took the supplies...read more
I'm going to camp! Christy Nelson of MakitTakit in Nebraska is throwing a craft camp for grown ups! Details are here: https://makittakit.com/pages/makit-together-a-grown-up-craft-camp You can use the discount code ELAINE for some cash off your price! I'll be sharing...read more
Project Update on Clocking in for Unpaid Labor The Clocking in for Unpaid Labor project started with my own collages on time cards that I'd bought at a creative reuse store. Then I had the idea to invite others to make cards too, and I bought a pack of 200 on eBay...read more
Posting to clarify that both of these opportunities are still active! Clocking in for Unpaid Labor Public Participation Art Project I have two opportunities to share. I'm running a public participation art project about unpaid labor, involving art on time cards....read more
Q: When did you begin working with encaustics? What do you love about it? A: I took an encaustic class taught by Mel Kolstad about three years ago. I always wanted to try encaustic painting but as a person with a very small studio, the set up for the typical...read more
This fall I'll be teaching both Shibori Dyeing - Japanese style tying, clamping and wrapping, which will dye with the Procion color "indigo" which has been formulated to mimic the plant dye indigo. It has all the right undertone colors. It is a bit brighter than...read more
Above is the collage I made using an element from the archive and library at the Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury, Vermont. How did I get the chance to do such a cool thing? It was through a virtual residency with the Kolaj Institute. Through a combination of group...read more
If you're a long time reader, you know I've been writing about residencies for years, pining to go on one, but my kids were too little, coming up with alternatives... In October 2021, I went on an independent residency at the Grand Marais Art Colony in Grand Marais,...read more
Virtual Tour Here's your virtual tour of my solo show, "Ghost Prints and Shadow Work," currently up at the Compassion Factory Gallery and Studio in Brookfield, Illinois. As you enter the gallery, this wall on your left indicates the start of the show. While I almost...read more