My non-librarian friend Antoinette
Naomi: What work do you do? Can you tell us a little bit about it?
Antoinette: I am a wine manager at La Fromagerie in Old Town Alexandria, VA. I like to joke that I talk about and drink wine all day. But, in truth, I do get to try wines and decide whether to carry them or not. And decided what stays and goes on the wine menu as Chef Tavel updates his menu. My favorite part is presenting wine flights when patrons order a mixed cheese plate. I do enjoy talking about wines and helping other discover new ones.
Naomi: Tell us more about your artistic inspirations?
Antoinette: Leaves and Trees have always been inspirational to me. I like natural colors, my ceramics tend to be organic and earthy – nothing refined or perfectly symmetrical. I also get inspired by the Freer and Sackler museums, their extensive collection of pottery! Jewelry wise, I like looking around online for classic pieces from the 1920s-1960s and also looking through Novica.com to gather ideas as well.
Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Antoinette: The National Archives. What an impressive and intimidating place that was to do research in. I am so glad I did, and very lucky to live so close to it still. I highly recommend going just to check it out! Anyone over 14 can research there.
Naomi: Favorite book?
Antoinette: Currently The Devlin Diary by Christi Phillips (I love historical fiction)
Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Antoinette: When I was younger is was the quite place to hide in and discover new books. When I became a history major is was the wealth of primary sources that some libraries contained. I do miss MicroFiche, the whurling of the machine… am I the only one?
Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Antoinette: Can’t say that I have one only than I got by with a little help from my friends. Using their eyes to look over my many revisions to my resumes, to practice possible interview questions, and to use their contacts to open up other possibilities. In the DC area it is all about who you know.
Antoinette is one of the many fabulous, book-loving friends I have met in the DC area. She is very much an inspiration to me in that she has been pursuing and finally has found her dream job. Though she isn’t a librarian I wanted to share her story. you can view her on Etsy at Nettie Made– Naomi