Elaine Luther

Elaine Luther

Artist, Writer

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.

Check out our newest stickers and buttons in our new online shop, Totally Legit Card Co.!

Department of Artistry Sticker, Copyright Elaine Luther 2020. Features a design in the center in the colors of the Chicago flag.

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Call for Art! Very Small Art

I’ve started a gallery. A very small gallery, it’s 12” x 12” x 12”, a literal white cube. And you’re invited to send art for the shows! This is a real physical space that will mostly exist in photos, though I also plan to offer to lend it out to art galleries. And,...

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The Artists of Totally Legit Card Co.!

What's our style over at the new Shopify store, Totally Legit Card Co.? That's one of the questions asked by host Joann Hawker of the March Meet the Maker thing that's happening over on Instagram. She asks good questions! All of the stickers and cards we carry are...

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Photos with Miniatures: 100 Days

I'm taking daily photos of a miniature scene for my 100 Day Project. Sometimes these work out as digital holiday cards, such as this one, from yesterday, for Valentine's Day. They're not always this cute! Today is day 16, and I've already taken a request, for Crazy...

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Pockets for Women! A History

Women's pockets used to be so large that women could carry around: "everyday implements, such as a pincushion, thimble, pencil case, knife and scissors," according to the Victoria and Albert Museum.   They note that women might also carry keys, spectacles, a watch and...

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The Lost Artworks of Elaine Luther

Being an artist is risky, sometimes a gallery doesn't pack art properly and it's damaged in shipping; sometimes artwork installed in trees is destroyed by squirrels (true story); other times the work is ephemeral and not meant to last, or the artist just doesn't have...

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Messages of Hope – Art in Trees

In August of 2020, Chicago arts not for profit, Cabinet of Curiosities Chicago put out a call for art for "boxes of hope," they'd provide the box, you'd but the art in it. I love putting art in boxes, so I signed up right away and got a box. It's shown above as...

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