I have known Elaine Spence for over twenty years. When I met her at Quilt Market in Houston, she belonged to the Columbia Stitchers and they hired me to teach and lecture. She was such fun to be with and we became fast friends. I included her in my book "Mother Plays With Dolls". She called her doll "The Twisted Sister". She mentored my daughter Evalyn when she moved to Corvalis and came for a visit to Portland. Now that we are neighbors, we have to schedule our meetings a month in advance. She lives in West Lynn, Oregon just outside of Portlnad. This is the window of her studio, you can see what she loves.
Fred has been here for a very long time and we are no longer shocked or even surprised.
I have no idea what she call this giant friend but I do know it was made by a gal from Southern California named Barbara Evans for a doll show and was too big for her real life. Elaine adopted him for shock value. I'm the one who calls him Fred.
I love the framed art work done by her children Emma and Sam, who are wonderfully original and bright. We were friends when she decided she really did want to be a mother and I take some pleasure in knowing I encouraged that.
Here is a layout of denims which she sees as a river and why not. For several years Elaine taught fiber arts and then she decided to go back to school and get her degree in Library Science. Her specialty is young people and she is very good at what she does and it keeps her busy but not too busy to make art. Never too busy for that. Once a year around Christmas, she opens her home. An excuse to make everything gorgeous, and we browse and buy for Christmas.