Featured Artist: Kora Goodman

We are very happy to welcome Kora Goodman to our blog today. I met Cora about a year ago when we were featured Makers at the West Elm Store in Portland. She has a beautiful product line of handcrafted botanical skincare and herbal gifts. 

We asked Cora a few questions about her process....

 Photo Credit: Juniper and the Sea

Photo Credit: Juniper and the Sea

For us, the process is just as much (if not more) a part of the work as seeing a project completed. What do you love about your process?

Kora: For me, the process is a creative expression as well as an offering to my customer.  In blending different herbs, scents and colors, I get to connect with the plants and think about the healing benefits this product will bring to the one who will use it.

 Photo Credit: Alba Quinones

Photo Credit: Alba Quinones

We find that music or an audiobook playing behind us while we work keeps us energized. Do you have a favorite way to work when it comes to things going on around you?

Kora: Depending on what is happening in the world and in my personal life, I enjoy playing different podcasts or music in my studio while I create.  Lately, I have been listening to an instrumental meditative compilation.  I find it lets my thoughts flow easily and I often dream up new products while working with this on.

 Photo Credit: Juniper and the Sea

Photo Credit: Juniper and the Sea

Working alone in a studio can be lonely for some, and can be freeing for others. Do you have people you work with/around, or do you prefer to work on your own?

Kora: Although my personal studio is private, it is located in a communal warehouse with as many as 40 other artists working throughout the day.  I feel very lucky to be able to close my door when it is time to focus and then prop it back open as an invitation for a visit on other occasions.  I've recently decided to open my studio up as a storefront as well.  I plan to have a few hours during the week where customers can shop the skincare line directly from my shelves while I make products behind the bar. I think it will be a great way to combat any isolating feelings.

 Photo Credit: Alba Quinones

Photo Credit: Alba Quinones

 Photo Credit: Alba Quinones

Photo Credit: Alba Quinones

To learn more about Kora and her work, visit her Instagram page and explore her website!