Elyse De Lafontaine graduated from the Centre des Textiles Contemporains de Montreal and received a diploma from Cegep du Vieux Montréal in 1985. She started as a milliner and expanded into textile artworks. Known as a textile sculptor, she uses steel and hand dyed horse hair and feathers in her work. She has received numerous awards including the Prix François-Houdé in 2001. In 2006, she was the winner of the fifth Oeuvre d’art éphémère competition organized by Place des Arts de Montréal. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo shows in North America and Europe and can be found in public, private and corporate collections in Quebec and abroad.