IDAL Instructor Biography
Mave Alft - Bio

Mave Alft has always been interested in color and design. Little did she know that her artistic interests would take a new direction while she was studying textiles and fashion merchandising at Stout State University. While there, she met her future husband whose family had founded Alft Decorators in 1946. Early on in her career Mave was taught by her father-in-law and husband, working in every facet of the family decorating business.

Mostly self taught in decorative painting, Mave began stenciling in 1972. At this time she was managing a retail paint store, home decor and stencil shop, and did so for the next 20 years. Also during this time she was working in decorative painting as well as teaching stenciling and faux finishing classes. In 2001 the company downsized to a partnership consisting of her and her husband. The new partnership began specializing in decorative paint and plaster work in residential and commercial settings.

When Mave is not on a finishing job you can find her in the classroom teaching her trade. She says of her teaching style: “In my classes, I encourage creativity, innovation and feedback. I teach what I have learned, and hope my tips, tricks and lessons learned the hard way on the job site will help my students avoid issues I have had as I have taught myself decorative artistry.”

In addition to her teaching and finishing work, Mave has been a member of IDAL since the 1980’s and has taught finishing classes at the “Faux Retreat”, “Camp Faux”, IDAL conferences & IDAL chapter groups. She became Master Class instructor & dealer for both Metropolis Ivas USA & Boero USA, and worked as Creative Director for RGI Enterprises, which specialized in creating faux finished panels and canvases for the high-end RV industry.

In 2020, Mave happily joined Drew and Greta at The Plaster Center in Minneapolis as Creative Director promoting Textureline products,the “Colors by Drew” collection., Novacolor & Valpaint..... Now offering group and private classes, technical support, recipes & much more. Mave's Decorative Market was developed in 2019 to offer product & supplies, tech support, finishes & inspiration to the decorative industry.

To learn more about Alft Decorators, please visit Alft Decorators & Mave's Decorative Market Facebook pages. Mave can be contacted by email at or via phone at 715-340-3035.

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