Artist Bio

Sam Elkins

“Sam” (an early childhood nickname) Elkins is a contemporary fiber artist and weaver in Austin, Texas. A native of northern New Mexico, her art reflects an early awareness of natural fibers, a lifelong respect for traditional weaving techniques, and a beloved vision of the beauty of the sheep ranch where she spent her childhood in the blue shadows of the Sangre’ de’ Cristo mountains.

Her textile work has been varied and has traveled from simple sewing to professional tailoring, to wearable art and traditional weaving, to contemporary off-loom fiber construction, to quilting and 3-dimensional fiber sculpture. However, Sam always returns to the loom and the simple act of weaving where her roots began.

In addition to a career as a social worker and therapist, Sam studied fiber arts at Texas Women’s University, completed a tailoring course at the Apparel Institute in Dallas, Texas, and has studied weaving, dying, and spinning with various fiber artists/weavers in New Mexico, Texas, and California.

Elkins’ work has been shown in galleries from Santa Fe to Boston. She has participated in curated exhibits in New Mexico, Dallas and Austin, and today continues her studio work in a small community near Austin, Texas. (But each fall she packs a small rigid heddle loom and heads to northern New Mexico to just to revive her vision.)

Art Affiliations

Weavers and Spinners Society of Austin

Contemporary Hand Weavers Guild of Texas

International Textile Art Collective

Handweavers Guild of America

Fiber Arts Network, US

Wimberley Valley Art League

Quelle Zine, New Mexico Fiber Arts Collective

Dallas Fashion Institute Alumni Association

Georgetown Arts Center

Williamson Co. Art Guild

Studies

Jane Dunnewold, Creative Strength Training

Rebecca Mezoff, Intensive Tapestry Structure

Liz Gipson, The Yarnworker, The Weaver’s Trifecta Course

Tierra Wools, Los Ojas New Mexico, weaving, spinning, dyeing courses.

Dallas Fashion Institute, Tailoring/Fabric Construction

Miriam’s Well, Santa Fe New Mexico, weaving/fiber construction.

Tx Women’s University, survey studies in fiber arts, weaving, textile design

University of Texas, Austin, design seminar
Laguna Gloria, Austin, pottery, fiber sculpture

Exhibits/Galleries

In Our Own Company, Georgetown Public Library, Georgetown Texas

Leaning In, First Unitarian Church of Austin, S & B Moore Gallery

Wild West Weaving, Silver City, New Mexico

Denton Visual Arts Center, Denton Texas, Materials Hard and Soft

Texas Women’s University, Fiber Arts Show

First Unitarian Church of Austin, Visual Arts Gallery, Members Show

Dallas Fashion Institute, Fashion Construction Exhibit
Boston University Visual Arts Gallery, Boston MA

Colors Gallery, Wimberley Texas

Colors 2 Gallery, New Orleans, LA

Rhinestones and Coconuts Gallery, Dallas Texas

Jazz Gallery, Denton, Texas

Boston University Visual Arts Gallery, Boston MA