Ellen Good established her weaving studio in 1981 after receiving a BFA in textile design from Rochester Institute of Technology. She has been creating one of a kind and limited production textiles ever since.
Ellen feels that being active in the natural landscape is necessary to her creative process. Her log house is located in the beautiful, rugged landscape close to the Mississippi system of rivers and lakes.
She has worked extensively with specialized dye techniques such as Ikat and Loom Controlled Shibori to create colourful patterns in handwoven fabric. These dye techniques are intrinsic to the woven process rather than a secondary consideration. Her work makes use of natural, fibre reactive, and vat dyes, colour discharge and Ikat dying.
She has taught weaving and dyeing at guilds, schools, and conferences. From 2001-05 she was coordinator of the MERA (MacDonalds Corners and Elphin Recreation and Arts) Heritage Weaving Project. Ellen curated an exhibition of pioneer textile production artifacts at the Rideau Canal Museum in Smiths Falls which became the basis for the book Fabrics of Pioneer Life: Tools of the Textile Arts authored by Ellen. From 2012 to 2017 she was a period re-enactor and interpreter at Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg, Ontario – demonstrating how weaving, spinning, and dying was done in a domestic setting in the mid 1800’s in Upper Canada.
In 2009 she was awarded the first annual MERA Award for Excellence in Fine Art or Fine Crafts which is a juried award.