Mothers, Purpose, and The Future

Caring for the planet is caring for our kids.

As a company that was born at the beach and founded by two mothers, we have a unique perspective on product design and materials sourcing. 
Carve’s short film series explores the idea that we don’t inherit the Earth from our ancestors, as much as we borrow it from our children. From shimmering seas to dust-swept deserts, the outdoors is more than just ours to enjoy, it’s ours to care for. We have a duty to preserve and protect the planet for those who come after us. As women, as caretakers, and as mothers, we understand.


This summer, “Mothers, Purpose + The Future” earned audience acclaim at the Montauk Film Festival in July and as an official selection at the Surf City Festival in August, where it was crowned second runner-up for Best Short Film. It concurrently screened on HBTV3 during the annual Vans US Open of Surfing.

Continuing on the fall festival circuit, the film will screen at the following:

  • Women’s Surf Film Festival (Rockaway Beach, NY) – Q&A with the filmmakers on Thursday, September 8, screening on Saturday, September 10
  • Surfalorus Film Festival (Wilmington, NC) – Screening on Wednesday, September 21
  • Equinox Mountain Film Festival (Manchester, VT) – Screening and filmmaker Q&A
  • Imagine This Women’s Film Festival (New York, NY) – Screening TBD during the festival, which runs from September 23-October 2


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Meet the mothers who inspired the film...

Camille Cunningham

Camille moved to Nayarit, Mexico in pursuit of a slower pace and simple joys with her husband and their two young daughters. Often seen shoving pieces of floating trash in her bikini, Camille’s lifelong love affair with the ocean fuels her endless desire to leave beaches better than she found them.

Her family's lifestyle is forged by a deep respect for Mother Earth and all the gifts she provides. Camille believes in the power of tiny shifts and that conservation starts with small intentional habits. 



Nellie Pickett

Born and raised on a remote ranch in the plains of Northern Montana, Nellie grew up close to the land and always being outside. She hit the trail in a 1971 Airstream trailer with her family just before the pandemic struck.

Being surrounded by and immersed in nature provided a perfect environment and teaching aid for homeschooling her little ones. Life in the outdoors also presented the bounties of living a simpler, pared-down life and the importance
for caring for our planet.


Danielle Black Lyons

Born and raised in California, Danielle is a mother and co-founder of Textured Waves. Textured Waves is a collective of women whose goal is to cultivate the culture and sport of women’s surfing to be more inclusive.

She hopes that her work with Textured Waves can break down the racial boundaries and barriers to entry in the surfing world by getting more people in these spaces and in turn, more people to care about the environment.  



Cameron Lee Barnum

Inspired by her mother, Cameron lives her life as a free spirit raising two boys, living in an RV in Florida and using as little of nature’s resources as possible. You can find her surfing with her husband or her children and teaching her sons the meaning of interacting with mother earth intimately. 


As a military family, the Barnums can pick and go at a moment's notice, allowing them the freedom to move with the seasons and expose their children to many landscapes and classrooms where mother nature is the teacher. Cameron's mentality is that “Mother Nature and motherhood go hand in hand" and her goal as a mother is to show her children that the best things in life are outside, and they are right out the door.


Mothers, Purpose, and The Future

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