Sticky Situation

An NH teenager makes it big in the world of duct tape



Kimberly Goodwin is living proof of teenage stick-to-itiveness. The 17-year-old began her relationship with duct tape as a crafter. Through her passion for the medium and at least one of her role models, she has morphed into a folk artist.

Goodwin, a Hudson resident, began making pens, jewelry, wallets and other accessories out of patterned duct tape four years ago. She mastered her handiwork and wowed people at the 50 craft shows a year at which she’s sold her wares.

And since 2011 she has run an online business, earning money for college and charities like Relay for Life and a Great Pyrenees rescue organization.

But sometime between making duct tape billfolds and rosette earrings, Goodwin wanted to break free of just the crafting of these objects and started creating what she calls “tapings,” paintings and sculptural objects made from patterned duct tape — there are more than 200 kinds out there.

Her first inspiration — daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, whom Goodwin admires because she’s “hilarious” and because of her strong stance against bullying — the reason Goodwin said she chose to be homeschooled.

Goodwin made a duct tape purse in the form of DeGeneres’ head, complete with her trademark blonde pixie cut and bright blue eyes and sent it to the talk show host via the family’s hairdresser who went to a taping in California two years ago. In January DeGeneres showed the purse on air — the first of several times to come. “I had no idea she was going to show it. I had sent it so long ago,” Goodwin says.

Since that time DeGeneres has also served as muse for a life-sized “taping” of the talk show host, a duct tape bobblehead and a vase with golden flowers, all crafted from duct tape by Goodwin and sent to the show.

And while it was definitely her widest exposure as duct tape artist, it wasn’t the first time her superlative work had been recognized. In 2012 she won first place and $1,000 in the Stick or Treat Jack-o-lantern contest, sponsored by Duck Brand Duct Tape, for her towering Big Foot sculpture. She’s planning to design a duct tape gown for the company’s $5,000 scholarship Stuck at Prom competition. ­

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