Are you interested in organic products, sustainability, holistic living, etc and if so, how do those topics integrate into your day-to-day life?
I think the whole idea of making anything out of wood and knowing that it could have gone unused otherwise [is sustainable]. It just feels like it completes this cycle. It’s being reused and repurposed in a way that supports children.
I think another thing that’s surprising about the Montessori classroom is how many natural materials there are as opposed to flimsy plastic stuff that doesn’t last. They use real glasses. They use real plates.
Several of the fabric products I make, I’ll have a little bit of fabric left over and then I’ll try to make something else from it. If there’s some way to reuse it, I want to try to do that.
What do you love about Charlottesville?
We have been here for 27 years. When our first child was born, we were living up in the DC area. We would see the mountains off in the distance and we were like, can we just go there?
The number of bookstores and outdoor spaces and parks...the fact that we could buy a whole house with some land. It felt like a very welcoming and supportive community.
We lived in Albemarle County for 25 years and then moved near the Downtown Mall. We love it--it’s been a new treat for us.
What are your favorite spots in the area?
We like walking to the breweries: Three Notch’d, Champion, Random Row. As for food: Rev Soup, Christian’s Pizza, Whiskey Jar. We just went to Commonwealth for our anniversary this year. That was really lovely.
Cary and I are actually working on a children’s book about Charlottesville, places that kids would recognize in Charlottesville or would go seek out and find. It’s been in the works for years but we’re hoping it will be out in print fairly soon.
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