You know that feeling when your insides start to tingle, your heart skips a beat, and then your eyebrows retreat to the highest part of your forehead as your lips form the position of the long winded, “Awwwwwwweeeeeee!!!!”? In non descriptive terms, when I first laid eyes on these coats my brain screamed SO-CUTE. My second thought was,
“I think I need to start having children,” I wonder if she can make this in my size? And then my third thought was, “I wonder if she may be interested in doing an interview?! Then I can sneak in my adult sizing question as a two birds with one stone kinda thing. Well, she said yes, everyone. Not only did she yes to an interview, but said “YES” she would be offering adult sizing by the weekend. So, not only am I am extremely thrilled to have gotten the chance to know Molly a little better and present my learnings to you, I am incredibly excited to tell you (if you didn’t know already) that us big kids can now be adorned in the cuteness that is Little Goodall!!
This is the kick-off or the re-lighting (festive verb use?) of the Artist Interview Series here on Grey Theory Mill and also the first blog post that I deem as one of the best gifts you could give any child (or big kid ) for any holiday….
Without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, meet Molly of
1. Who are you/tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Molly Goodall and I have a clothing range called Little Goodall for kids and one for ladies called Mrs.Goodall. I am a designer who left design to be an artist, then had a baby who got me excited about design again! Originally from North Carolina, I earned my BFA in fashion design from Parsons School of Design in 1997, where I became focused on children’s wear. I worked as a toy designer until I decided it would be more fun to be an artist, so I quit my job in New York and moved to Texas. I live north of Dallas in a historic neighborhood with my husband Wayne, who is from London, and our 4-year-old son Carter.
2. What are some of your favorite things to do?
My absolute favorite thing to do is travel with my husband and son. I like to do just about anything you can do outdoors. I love, love, love to design and create the Little Goodall and Mrs.Goodall lines, and I love to paint and draw. I also love to build gnome houses in the woods with my four year old son, which is his latest obsession.
3. What three words best describe your personality?
Creative, friendly, and industrious
4. How would you describe your artistic style?
Deliberate, detailed, graphic, and saturated with color
5. What kinds of things do you make and sell?
Children’s clothing, ladies coats, and I make paintings in watercolor and gouache (www.mollygoodall.com)
6. If you had to be trapped in a book, which one would it be and why?
Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen It has adventure, romance, drama, and a majestic setting with beautiful creatures. I read it again and again!
7. Where did the inspiration for your shop name, Little Goodall, come from?
Well, Goodall is my married name, and I always thought it had a very positive, happy sound to it (plus, my husband makes me super happy). When my son was born, we often called him “Little Goodall”, and since the line began as a project to get him to wear his coat hoods, it seemed natural to use it for my shop as well!
8. What drew you to creating?
I have always been a creator. Before I was old enough for school, my mother was in college studying painting. Her professor let her bring me to studio classes where I would sit under the work tables and draw. To this day, the smell of turpentine and kneaded erasers evoke comforting memories. I am an only child, and making things is a pretty powerful form of solo entertainment.
9. Do you have any other job aside from your awesome shop?
I am also a mama to a very curious and active 4 year old boy, and a wife, but that’s more fun than job.
10. What words of wisdom could would you give to aspiring creatives wanting to take that next step?
Take the time to develop and find your voice, it will help everything else fall into place more easily. Focus on that which speaks most of your heart and soul to the exclusion of all other projects. Plan baby steps, make a list of one small thing to accomplish each day, and it will become a roadmap to your creative future. Don’t underestimate Etsy, it is a game changer for artists, designers, collectors, and creators. And most importantly, for new mothers who are staying at home or anyone whose days are filled with non-creative work, carve out a little time every day – 15 minutes, an hour during naptime or before everyone else gets up, while the house is quiet – and work on whatever your creative passion is. It will save your life!
ADULT SIZING ^^^^^^^^^^^!!!!!!
A very warm and heartfelt thank you to Molly for being so willing/enthusiastic-generous with your time in such a busy time of year. I am so excited for you, your products, and especially the adult sizing, as you know
Happy Holidays everyone!! Stay tuned for more great insights into the lives of amazing artists!!
Also, if you are an artist and are interested in being featured, please don’t hesitate to contact me!! Just go to the Contact link above.