Rabbit Goody is a national treasure.

She’s one of the world’s foremost experts on historic textiles. Steven Spielberg has her create all the fabrics for any of his movies that require historic reproductions. She’s woven fabric for Chanel, and you can see her handiwork in museums around the world.

For Beekman 1802 she’s created everything from scarves to blankets to napkin bibs.

When we first started growing our artisan collective, people commented that we were just lucky that we happened across a community that was so full of talented people. While it’s true that we do consider ourselves to be the luckiest of sorts, our response to the notion that we live in a place that is somehow extraordinary is to deny it.

We lived in the same apartment building in NYC for over 10 years. During that time we had dinner with only one neighbor. We’ve all become so disconnected, so isolated in our own little world, that we seem to have lost interest in what those right next door are doing. Moving to Beekman Farm and meeting people like Rabbit reminded us that there are treasures in every single community.

Sometimes all you need to do to discover them is knock on the door.

“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I’ve lived.”     – George Bernard Shaw

by Aray Till

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