Jessica and Elizabeth met at Georgia Tech, in their freshman architecture studio. The pair worked on a project together – the first of several – and, although Elizabeth once made Jessica cry, a friendship formed. They were intermittently roommates, including a stint in Paris during school.
Jessica, a girl from Kathleen, Georgia, now resides way out west, in Oakland, California, where she is a frontend dev at GitHub; making open source awesome and easy. She caught the making-things-with-code bug after her Code for America fellowship. Accordingly, Jessica wrote the markup for this site, and often asked Elizabeth, in vain, “maybe you remember this from school?” Previously Jessica used her architecture degree in her profession.
Elizabeth is from Decatur, Georgia. She recently got her Masters degrees in architecture, as well as urban design and historic preservation, and did not learn code. Elizabeth briefly baked cupcakes for a living, worked for the planning department of a small Georgia city, makes the odd wedding cake or pie for money and favors, and now happily works at an architecture firm.
We’ve given ourselves a good deal of latitude with the word “agrarian.” In fact, we're using that word however we want – and primarily, we mean made by hand.* Jessica’s logic follows like this:
agrarian : industrial :: industrial : handmade
Therefore, agrarian = handmade.
Actually, the title is a quote from a canceled television show. Our name is pretty arbitrary.
We shan't proselytize about buying handmade, or advance the aesthetic of indie quirk - crocheted deer heads and the like. We’re two fairly resourceful people who think it’s nice to do things oneself, though sometimes we do them very badly.
The two of us have an interest in making things, as we’re afflicted with decorating ADD, and doing things oneself – refinishing furniture, making a handbag, fixing a good meal, or a bad but ambitious one – is often the fastest and most economical way to change one’s domestic landscape.
* We know that's not what it means.
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