Welcome, I’m Elaine.
I’m an artist and arts writer. I make assemblage sculpture about how much I hate housework and also Medals that You Wouldn’t Want to Earn. Find out more about me.
Artist Nicole Havekost, whose work I saw at Woman Made Gallery and I interviewed here, is teaching a workshop in November 2019 called the Doll as Storyteller, at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Read all about the class here. And know that if cost is a barrier,...read more
A Big Important Art Book (Now with Women) by Danielle Krysa Profiles of Unstoppable Female Artists -- and Projects to Help You Become One Like me, the author had the experience in a college art history class of looking through her textbook and wondering, "where are...read more
Do you know UPPERCASE magazine? It's a physical, paper magazine out of Canada that's for "the creative and the curious, if you're into art, design and collecting odd things or learning about the fonts created by looking at words written in the bricks of smokestacks,...read more
Love traveling light? Love to check things off your list with an actual pen and not do everything on your phone? There's a website I just found that has fabulous printables to help you do just that. More in a sec. A while ago I was listening to a podcast and the guest...read more
The summer's just beginning, but here's a peak at the epic road trip I'm just back from. We visited 5 national parks and many, many states! It was so long and varied that it's difficult to sum up. It was a lovely trip with family, a terrific reset button on life and...read more
After trying to make it as a metalsmith or an artist for something over 20 years – I give up. Most people give up sooner, but I am very stubborn. My timing is odd, since I was just featured in Professional Artist Magazine and will have work in another magazine next...read more
I'm all about this – getting the art made that no one has asked you to make – I have a daily and weekly creative/studio practice and recently gave a speech called Studio Rules! about how to set up boundaries, limits and habits to make you insanely productive. So I was...read more
Everywhere I go, whether to the grocery store or traveling out of state, I pause to take photos as a daily creative practice.read more
Sustainable materials in crafts are becoming more common, from bamboo knitting needles and yarn, upcycled sweaters being made into felted flowers and hats to sustainable cotton. Jewelers are increasingly searching for sustainable metals and gems for their product...read more
What fun, after I've interviewed so many artists for articles, the tables were turned, and Gigi Rosenberg interviewed me (and three other artists) for, "Finish Your Non-Deadline Art Projects." You can read it if you're a subscriber to Professional Artist Magazine or...read more