Originally from England,Â Elaine trained in EarlyÂ Childhood Education,Â and Fine and AppliedÂ Art, before moving toÂ the United States inÂ 1982. Â Since then she hasÂ acquired over 20 yearsÂ of teaching experience,Â including several years inÂ the Head Start Program. Â The majority of her experience however has been providing after school artÂ enrichment classes at Seattle Public Schools.
She has also been retained as an Artist inÂ Residence,
Elaineâs interest in folk art led to authoring aÂ book on metal repujado, and several televisionÂ appearances. She is responsible for developing and popularizing metal embossingÂ techniques and products in the craftingÂ industry.
Elaine has also received certification as aÂ social worker, specializing in child care. MostÂ recently she completed training as a signÂ language interpreter.
âTraditionally, folk art was created byÂ people who did not even have a word forÂ art in their culture. Art was simply what people did. It was a part of being human. Â My classes foster this philosophy in aÂ contemporary setting. Â Folk art often hasÂ a practical purpose or meets a specificÂ need. Â Many of my classes utilize foundÂ objects and recycling, reflecting ourÂ societyâs need to conserve and repurposeâ