In a way, nothing could be more appropriate for a person in the literature and the environment program, which examines the relationship between the physical qualities of nature and the way they have been portrayed, valued and manipulated culturally and politically.
The discipline is sometimes referred to as “ecocriticism,” which dates academically in this country to the mid- 1990s but sends its roots even deeper, from the poets and writers of the 19th century to the much earlier expressions of nature in the oral histories of native populations.
While all that may sound hifalutin, in the same way, building her own house has given Anson a similar and much deeper appreciation of the intricacies involved in creating a place to live.
Another premise in building her tiny house has been the determination to reuse or recycle as many materials as she can in putting it together. She found her desk sitting on a curb, awaiting the garbage truck. A sink came from an old trailer home belonging to an aunt. Some barn wood that would have been discarded otherwise will cover her interior walls.
“Insulation was really a huge pain,” Anson said. “I was looking for reclaimed insulation, but I needed the rigid type to provide stability for driving the house down the road. But I’ve done as much as I can.”
Even friends have been reused, in a nice sense of the word.
“I have one friend who’s kind of a dreamer, who always wanted to build a tiny house,” Anson said. “Since I decided that’s what I wanted to do, Jason (Reitz) has been there working on it every step of the way, because he knows a lot about how to do something like this.”
Even so, “the reality of what we’ve taken on hits us (anew) every week,” she said.
Another friend from her high school days at Churchill, who now owns a recycling center in Durango, Colo., saw her project on Facebook and became so enthused that he traveled to Portland recently to spend five days working on the tiny house.
Anson’s mother, Eugene resident Cathy Spoor, believes the tiny house project fits right in with her daughter’s eclectic interests and skills. As a child, Anson was enthusiastic about school, both academically and in sports, where she played volleyball and also was on the cheerleading squad.<< previous 1 2 3 next >>