We had the good fortune of connecting with Elsie Goodwin and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Elsie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Hi! Thanks for wanting to feature my work. Starting my creative business was as a means to stay happy and sane during the early years of motherhood. Those years sure are challenging. Wow!

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am an Artist that loves to explore nearly every Fiber Art. I have knit and crocheted for 21 years, have a strong focus on Macrame, own a 42 inch Schacht floor loom, and have dabbled in embroidery, punch needle, and lap loom weaving. If it has to do with fiber, yarn or rope, count me in.

What I think may set me apart from others is my desire to explore, make mistakes, take risks, fail and move on quickly.

One of the many lessons that I have learned is that you have to work hard! Behind the scenes artwork might look like fun, and a lot of it is, but there are so many steps that happen to create a finished piece, and many times it is never thought about or valued.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend came to visit I would take her both near and far. These are the places we would want to visit in a week in no particular order; brunch at Union on Yale, The Claremont Farmers Market, The California Botanical Garden, Dinner at Uno Tre Otto, Coffee at Iron and Kin, Elviras for Mexican, cocktails at Bardot, a walk through the Claremont colleges, a hike through Marshall canyon, dessert at Bert and Rockys, a beach day in Laguna, an overnight stay in Ojai, dinner at Botanica and Bavel, breakfast at The Pancake House, Ostrich Farm, and Sqirl, shopping at The Grove, a stop at the Purl Soho warehouse.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My Shoutout would go to my husband who is endlessly supportive and to my daughters who talk about my creative dreams like they are their own. In their minds things are absolute, “One day you WILL have a space in the Claremont village so that your friends can visit, and you can teach, and people can buy things you make.”

Website: elsiegoodwin.com

Instagram: instagram.com/reformfibers

Youtube: youtube.com/reformfibers

Other: Pinterest – Pinterest.com/reformfibers

Image Credits
Amanda McKinnon

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