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Margot Becker in Hudson NY

Where did you grow up?

I grew up on Chappaquiddick which is an island off of the island of Martha’s Vineyard.

What brought you to the Hudson Valley? 

The first time I lived here was when I went to Bard College. After school I lived in Brooklyn for a very little while and then moved back up to Hudson, NY to look for a work at a sheep farm.

What do you do for a living?

I do a few different things; I work on a sheep and goat farm called Buckwheat Bridge Angoras which is an extra cool place because they have a solar and wind-powered fiber mill where they process all their own fiber into beautiful yarn. When I’m there I work in the mill making and dying yarn, as well as with the animals. I own a small consignment shop which I started with one of my best friends, it’s called The Store @17 n. 5th St. We sell vintage clothes, jewelry and handmade goods made by local artists. I also weave my own textiles on a floor loom and sell them at The Store and at craft fairs.

How did you get started?

I’ve always had a deep love of textiles and fiber crafts. When I was living in the city I worked retail at a big department store where I became totally disenchanted with the mainstream textile industry. Fast fashion comes with environmental destruction, disregard for human rights and often a lack of respect for the original designer which results in poorly made clothing. I started working in vintage because I found it to be a sustainable alternative and remedy to this problem. However, I wanted to go further and learn what it would really take to make a garment from start to finish in a truly responsible way.

What’s your favorite thing about your town?

The light, it’s different here than anywhere else I’ve been. This town has the most incredible sunsets.

What’s the last treasure you found?

A bunny. I found him at the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival. His name is Diesel and he’s an Angora rabbit. He has the softest fur ever and I’m learning how to hand spin it into yarn.

If you were going to eat your last meal in the Hudson Valley where and what would you eat?

I have so many amazing farmer and chef friends, I think for sure my last meal would be a potluck. If I had to choose a restaurant it would be Mercato in Red Hook, NY or The Main Street Public House in Philmont.

If you could have a sleepover with anyone who has ever existed, who would it be?

With David Attenborough on location. Hopefully in India studying tigers..

If your life was a TV show, what would be the theme song?

Always See Your Face by Love

What does the Hudson Valley need that it doesn’t have now?

Dance classes! It’s really hard to find good ballet and modern dance classes for adults here.

For a peek into Margot’s business The Store, check out their profile on Foxfire Journal.

See some images of Margot’s work on her tumblr, Nest and Den. Her website is coming soon.

© 2012 Arden Wray