Haitian sock seller

  I took this photo of the sock peddler in Haiti while making an experimental documentary about the history of used clothing & the immigrant experience with my filmmaking collaborator Hanna Rose Shell. The black and white element is from an old postcard Hanna dug up in her research. The origianl postcard includes some Yiddish to the effect of, "You're going to wear What?"  
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I live in Brooklyn and work at, an online marketplace for all things handmade and vintage. I run the Community Team, and I used to run the Etsy Blog.

My filmmaking collaborator, Hanna Rose Shell, and I have finished our short experimental documentary movie about the history of used clothing and immigration. It's called Secondhand (Pepe) and it focuses on Haitian pepe dealers and turn-of-the-century Jewish rag peddlers.

I'm married to the extraordinary artist Mickey Duzyj.

I was a grad student at MIT's Comparative Media Studies program. My thesis research is about the history of unschooling and participatory media. I did interviews with unschooling families who use and make media. I also co-authored, with my professor Henry Jenkins, a chapter about youth participation in the arts in an anthology due out fall '07, Engaging Art: The Next Great Transformation of America's Cultural Life. I had a research assistantship at MIT for Project New Media Literacies, funded by the MacArthur Foundation, where I developed interactive tools for media literacies K-12. I made a video portrait of my brother, Nick who is a cartoonist, with accompanying educational materials. I was a TA for MIT's Terrascope program, an interdisciplinary learning environment for MIT freshmen, interested in the earth sciences. I TAed for the radio documentary part of the program. You can listen to the students' work at PRX.

I worked for a summer at Open Source, a public radio show/website with host Christopher Lydon.
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