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.
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,...read more
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...read more
Introducing new artwork by me, Elaine Luther, about domestic labor; this is a series of 5 house forms, each with the inside back wall gold-leafed. There's this body of research that shows that whenever "labor saving" devices are invented, and touted as "less work for...read more
The Craft Industry Alliance does a great job of reporting on trends in our industry, and we were so pleased to be included in a couple of recent articles. In this article, the author discusses the changes crafts businesses have had to make because of the pandemic. I...read more
I'm delighted to have been added to the Artist Parent Index, my page is here. If you're an artist-parent and looking for more resources, information and support, check out Cultural Reproducers. There are grants for artists who are also parents of kids under 18, and...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
I got a question on Instagram about how to decide what to do for your 100 Day Project; here's what I said. It needs to be something you’re willing to do a lot, obviously, and also you want to think about… what counts? Is it a finished project each day for 100 days, or...read more
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...read more