Ellie Lum is an accomplished creative entrepreneur, artist, and skill-building educator based out of Portland, OR. Ellie’s passion lies at the intersection of education, art, creative business, and environmental justice. Along with her passion for creating, she is deeply committed to sharing her skills with those who want to learn. As a business owner of 20 years in a craftsman-based business, R.E. Load Bags, she has honed her skills as a leader and teacher instructing those who worked with her how to master the craft of industrial sewing as well as small business management. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.S. in Ecoliteracy, where she studied adult hands-on learning theory in garden education. For the past few years she’s been teaching sewing and mentoring folks on their creative business ventures through her DIY Workshop and handmade goods brand, Klum House.

- Ellie Lum

Founding partner of RE Load Bags established in 1998. Master Stitcher, Skill-Building Teacher, and Creative Business Mentor.


Ellie is the head sewing instructor for The Klum House Studio. Please check out our Workshops to find out about her exciting upcoming sewing and creative business workshops.