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Hooks and Threads

Textile and Mixed Media Artist

About Me

I studied Graphic Design at Coventry University (formerly Lanchester Polytechnic) and obtained a 2:1 BA (Hons) Degree and have worked in the arts for most of my working life as a designer, educator, teacher and trainer. I am a qualified lecturer with a Further Education Adult Teaching Certificate and a qualified Montessori teacher.

On leaving university I worked in a graphic design studio in the Chilterns as design studio manager working in advertising, gift wrap design, magazine layout, corporate identity and packaging design. I owned a graphic design agency for many years and taught on the Graphic Design BA (Hons) Degree courses at Coventry University and the Foundation in Art & Design at Milton Keynes College as well as the Textile Degree courses at both institutions. I helped to co-found the Art and Design Foundation Course at Milton Keynes College, was instrumental in helping obtain the BA (Hons) Degree at Milton Keynes College and was the Senior Graphic Design Lecturer. I also taught Business and Professional practice to the design and media degree students.

A couple of my commissions included the Black Tower Wine Bottle and label which has changed very little since my commission and held a large account as designers, photographers and PR consultants to Rothmans attending all Grand Prix throughout the world. I have been a textile artist for over 40 years and exhibited in Milton Keynes Library in a collaborative exhibition of all the Art and Design Lecturers at Milton Keynes College.

I went on to own a small Montessori Children's Day Nursery and qualified as a teacher over 30 years ago and travelled the world teaching in some very challenging and poverty stricken countries. I was Director of Creative Studies in the USA and oversaw a graffiti project assisting young people recovering from substance abuse, also in the USA. I am now a fulltime textile artist working from my studio at home in Todmorden, West Yorkshire.

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Elaine Hook

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