Support Women Owned Businesses - Ellen Bruxvoort of Fibrous

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Tell us a little about yourself! Where are you currently based?  How long have you run your business?
I'm Ellen Bruxvoort, founder of FIBROUS, based in Austin, Texas in 2014.
Describe your business!
I make fiber art and jewelry by hand and sell it online, at pop-ups and wholesale to retailers all around the country.

What made you want to start your business?
Honestly I don't know what makes anyone want to start a business...I think the only qualifications are that you have to be partially crazy and a full-time problem solver. Jokes aside, there are so. many. talented. people in Austin. From artists to chefs, designers, musicians and entrepreneurs, there are so many folks in arm's reach that are hustling their craft and making it work in this city that over time, witnessing their experience changed my perception of what a "career" might look like. I've always been creative, but it wasn't until late 2013 that I ever considered making things with my hands could be a full time, sustainable job. I think the moment I realized that was when I started laying the groundwork to make it happen.
What are some of your favorite products?
I personally really like making my wall doodles. I think they're such a fun, warm, and customizable addition to a space and I love seeing how people shape them to fit their homes.
What’s one of your favorite or proudest business accomplishments?
I honestly cried tears of joy the day I finished a commissioned piece for the new Madewell Commons on South Congress. I was in a sensitive life transition at the time and I remember putting the finishing touches on their wall hanging and telling myself over and over, "I'm proud of you, I'm PROUD of you." I was crying like a big baby alone in my studio. I probably dropped it off for install with make-up still smudged under my eyes, but I didn't care. They believed in me and that was a cool feeling.
What inspires you and what keeps you motivated?
I get excited by the fact that running this business is even possible, much less successful. The idea that I get to wake up, go to work in a beautiful studio surrounded by inspiring babes and make things with my hands, send them out into the world, pay the bills, buy groceries, and go on vacation every once in a while using money that I earned with my brain is absolutely W I L D. I'm inspired by the people who showed me that was an option and those who continue to encourage me on a daily basis.
What does your workspace, studio, home office, desk, storefront, etc look like? 
I work at Broad Studios, a sunny open floor plan in East Austin shared with 4 other female entrepreneurs. My corner features a big wall of yarn, shelves full of materials and a pegboard full of tools. I built a stand-up desk for my work because I'm pretty tall and found myself slouching over normal size tables in my home studio. It feels good to build things to fit your needs instead of conforming to what's available. I love my space and it feels good to work here, which helps to keep me coming back.
Shout out a few of your favorite women owned businesses!
Aside from the Broads- Gati, Slantt, Unravel Co., Slow North, EA/ST Co., LoveCraft, Miranda Bennett
Tell us where people can find you (IG handle, website, store address, etc)
@ellenbruxvoort / / Broad Studios

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