Elyse Allen studied Sculpture and Textile Design at the Rhode Island School of Design. She has taught weaving at RISD in the Textile Department, experimental machine knitting at Peter's Valley Craft Center, and been on the staff of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and the Penland School of Crafts. Her recent work focuses on embellished knit textiles in diverse forms, from fingerless gloves, to elaborate knit bird masks, to a line of jewelry that includes Soft Bling chain necklaces.
Elyse's work has been featured in an equally diverse range of publications, such as Selvedge, Vice Magazine, Bust, Vogue Knitting International, Nylon, and the New York Times. Elyse's great love for color, pattern and embellishment are resurfacing elements in all of her wearable and sculptural work. She knits with luxurious materials such as cashmere and fine merino wool and embellishes with swarovski crystals and pearlized Italian lambskin. She blends yarn colors to create her own palette that activates and gives depth to the surfaces she creates.
Elyse comes from a long lineage of Austrian artists and designers. Her grandmother Frankie was an architect and an accomplished hand knitter, her aunts are painters and sculptors, and her great-grandfather Isaac was a textile designer that invented the zipper-foot. Elyse is very fond of dogs and growing things. She draws inspiration from the phenomenal world that surrounds us. She lives and works in New York City.