Elaine Fortune Designs

Honors & Recognitions



  • First Place in the Fish House Art Center Gallery’s 3-D Show in mixed media (February 2005); judged by world renowned ceramicist Paul Soldner.
  • 2004; costume designer for “The 10th Symphony” by Robert Guglizza; a rock opera/adventure
  • Member of the Chicago Artist’s Coalition 2003 (with “new” last name, Elaine Fortune) *Below was with my former (married) name, Elaine Curtis
  • "No where to Run, No Where to Hide" featured in the Fairfield Fashion Show's Twentieth Anniversary Show, (1998/1999) and documented in a special book covering the event and the featured designers. 1 ½ year tour in USA
  • Victory Jacoby Award; 1999; Humboldt County’s best artist for Visual Arts, CA
  • Teacher at "Santa Fe Wearable Art Conference"; May 1998; three day class on using ethnic textiles in Wearable Art and embellishing techniques used by varied cultures in ethnic textiles
  • "The Beauty In the Beast" featured in Innsbruck, Austria, April 1998 at Quilt Expo VI
  • 1997; Eclectic Ethnicity--winner of "Most Spectacular Adornment in the annual Fabrics in Fantasies Fashion Show at Bazaar Del Mundo, San Diego, CA
  • "Electric Egrets" featured in Craft Trends, Sew Business Magazine; Vol.-16, #1
  • "The Beauty In the Beast" featured in article by Virginia Avery in Ladies's Circle Patchwork Quilts; Number 116, 1997
  • "Eclectic Ethnicity" featured in Lyon, France at Quilt Expo V, 1996.
  • October 1997--Spruill Gallery and Center for the Arts in Atlanta, GA; Juried into their Wearable Art Show "The Eclectic Body" my three designs; Eclectic Ethnicity, All Things Bright & Beautiful, and Shibori Magic Vest
  • 1997 exhibition of my work in the Candy Stick Gallery, Ferndale, CA
  • "The Beauty IN the Beast" used for LeeAnne's Batiks, Inc brochure cover for their batik business
  • "Bati-Cats Jacket " toured with Lee Anne's Batiks. Inc. for one full year; 1996/1997
  • Sulky of America Challenge winner; (top ten of the international challenge), "Electric Egrets Jacket" toured for one year with the company's traveling exhibit for 1996/1997
  • Art/Quilt Magazine; article about my work; specifically working with ethnic textiles. (Vol. 7)
  • Pacific International Quilt Festival V; two ensembles featured in Oct. 96' "All Things Bright & Beautiful" and "Balloon Chain Vest and Hat".
  • Fairfield Fashion Show designer 1996/97'; The Beauty IN the Beast. (An ensemble consisting of a duster-style coat, 20's style dress, and a 20's style hat.) Use of Batiks and hand-dyed silk, textured fabrics, beads, and embroidery....
  • .Fairfield Fashion Show designer 1995-96; Eclectic Ethnicity (A collage of ethnic and hand dyed and manipulated (for texture) fabrics; then embellished with embroidery, beads, trims, tassels, hand-made braids, and more. (See portfolio descriptions)
  • Article in Threads magazine, April 96' issue, Vol # 64; covers my newly developed fabric manipulation, I call "Chain-of -Events/Balloon Chain"
  • One Artist exhibit at the Ft. Bragg Center for the Arts in March & April of 1995
  • Member of the Humboldt Arts Council
  • Member of the Mendocino Art Center
  • Member of the International Quilt Association
  • Account with World Wildlife Fund mail order gift catalog; Spring 1994, Fall 1994, and Spring 1995
  • "All Things Bright & Beautiful" ensemble, juried into the American Quilter's Society Fashion Show; April 1994
  • Humboldt Co. Fair; 1994--Winner of new Bernina 1000 sewing machine for accumulating the most points in the sewn clothing division; Seven Blue Ribbons
  • Wall Quilt "Eastern Sunset" featured in book, Simply Landscapes, by Judy Sisneros, Animas Quilts Publishing; 1994
  • Humboldt County Fair; Three Blue Ribbons, and The Special Award for an outstanding entry (one of my quilted vests) in the Sewn Clothing Division of the Fair; 1993
  • Started business, "All Things Bright and Beautiful", designing pieced/quilted clothing and wall quilts; 1992
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Please feel free to contact me regarding commissions, questions, projects, collaborations on projects with other artists, etc....  I look forward to hearing from everyone and will get back asap!
~Elaine Fortune

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