Welcome, I’m Elaine.
I make art, write about art and teach people how to teach art. I also give speeches, such as Studio Rules!Find out more about me.
A local art center put out a call for people to make a quilt square relating to the pandemic for a community quilt. How to express this whole thing/mess in one square? I was stumped. I was going to forget about it, but the organizer texted and in texting back that I...read more
In a normal summer, we'd be outside and at the pool, not so much inside, sewing. But this isn't a normal summer and we're doing Camp Quarantine at our house. My 12 year old daughter made this 12 bandana circle skirt. We used the "instructions" from this book from the...read more
The black and white fabric has skeletons. When I started thinking about making this a couple of weeks ago, it was going to be about Covid-19 and the failures of the various governments to protect citizens. Then it changed to being about police brutality and racism....read more
A Solution to a Boring Summer of Shelter-in-Place A friend posted online to ask friends, "What are you going to do this summer, since none of us can do the normal fun things we do?" Pools are closed, travel is a bad idea/nearly impossible. We're fine with the...read more
Quilting during a Global Pandemic I've long struggled with whether to be a quilter or not, and if yes, what kind. This struggle has mostly looked like not quilting. Partly, this is because my mother-in-law is a prolific quilter, I've seriously lost count of how many...read more
Art Making During a Pandemic We're sheltering in place during the pandemic; the current state order goes to the end of this month (May 2020), and I fully expect it to be extended, as the peak for the virus is currently predicted to be mid-June. First it was mid-April,...read more
Articles of Interest, a podcast within a podcast on 99% Invisible, tells the story of post WWII France's couture houses all contributing outfits, down to the hats, shoes and handbags. It's a good one! Here's the link to the episode on 99% Invisible The small...read more
Welcome to our Craft Blog Hop! We're excited to share a few projects with you today on our hop that - depending on what you have on hand - can be made from materials you have at home. Before we get started, I'd like to introduce you to everyone sharing a creative...read more
Sick of TV? A nice 8-12 hour audio book can help kids pass the time, they can listen while they color or fold laundry. Our family loves audio books and has been enjoying them for years, mostly in the car. I thought I'd share some of our favorites. Your library...read more