Ellen Walde

i. I work as a designer and maker creating textile accessories and clothes in beautiful linen for my label Le Fil rouge Textiles. Le Fil rouge Textiles is a lifestyle brand that embraces the beauty of simplicity. Pure, sustainable, high quality linen is used to create chic and timeless pieces and wardrobe essentials that you can’t live without. My linen creations are made in Vancouver, Canada with 100% linen imported from Europe. I also carry a beautiful line of Alpaca shawls made under fair trade conditions in Peru.

ii. I do this creative work because:
I cannot imagine doing anything else. I like that I can explore new ideas, being able to live out my curiosity for life and how things work. Figuring things out and basically solving new problems every day. I need an environment where I can let my mind wander and have a certain unpredictability otherwise I get very quickly bored.

iii. Personal qualities that help me in my work are:
Of course being creative but at the same time detail oriented, inquisitive and passionate and also a bit rebellious. And I like to say kind! I hope the business world will be a kind world one day! Kindness goes a long way in my opinion.

iv. The greatest challenges around doing this work are:
You cannot do it all yourself. You need to know when to ask for help and delegate.

v. Creative childhood hobbies:
As a child I was a dreamer and loved creating my own little universe out of all sorts of material. At 7, I started making cloths for my dolls and I became an avid knitter in my teen age years.

I never had only one hobby but always a couple of projects going at the same time! Knitting and making my own clothes was always a big part of my life, but I also explored rug hooking, sculpture and painting.

vi. Other creators who inspire you:
In terms of creators I dont know where to start, there are so many inspiring creators. I find myself influenced by Japanese minimalism, Danish design and French feminine flair.

The growing slow fashion movement is exciting to me and ethical business practices very important.

vii. Training that has helped me succeed in this career:
I attended Art College in Germany where I learned weaving and fibre processing and, after immigrating to Canada, I attended the Textile Art program at Capilano College where I immersed myself in weaving and Surface Design.

viii. The biggest myth about this type of work is:
That it is only creative. You need to wear so many different hats and being able to switch from the creative mind to the business mind is not easy for many creative people.

ix. If you want to work in my field, I suggest that you:
Follow your heart! Try to learn as much as you can and know yourself. Some people do very well without any formal training and others need the formal training to succeed. I believe in the end that it is by doing that you will get all the skills that you need. Even if it means failing a couple of times. The entrepreneurs that succeed are the ones that never gave up!

x. A professional goal I have for the future:
Is expanding my fashion line and bringing awareness to the importance of using sustainable fabrics that don’t pollute the planet. Linen is an amazing fibre due to its sustainability and inherent natural qualities. It requires minimal water and pesticides to produce, is breathable, very absorbent, dries quickly and is mildew resistant. It feels delightful on the skin and has so many applications in daily life that I am excited to share!

xi. If you want to see my work, go to:
Or check out the event page for one of our next upcoming shows or email us for a retailer near you.
Our next show is First Pick Handmade September 16/17 at the Heritage Hall, Vancouver – a new Fashion Retail show where you can dress from head to toe with locally made fashion. I am looking forward to seeing you there.

• Photos courtesy of Ellen Walde


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