Guest Editor’s Profile – Mary ThorpPosted: October 2, 2011
In terms of your things, what does your space (studio/office/living area) look like? please describe.
My life lives inside my promise for the world: By 2034, I promise a world where all people are fulfilled, fulfilling their promises for the world, living lives designed from their heart. What is YOUR promise? Send it to me.
I love my spaces. I have an office in our house & a studio in the Gate House. The Bertoia Archive, library, writing space, fabric room, sewing machines, cutting table & the iPromiseBank live together. The wood stove keeps it all warm. Some spaces are organized, some disorganized, books & fabric are shelved & bolts are stacked.
There’s always more to do. . . .
Where do you normally get your things?
I find things in fabric stores, on the sidewalk, in my research, in museums, libraries, homes, bookstores. I’m always looking.
One of my favorite things is a vest I found on 22nd Street in Philadelphia. I was driving, saw a black pile of something. Drove next to it, opened my car door, picked it up with pinched thumb & finger, carried it the same way into the laundry room at my apartment building, washed & dried it. It was a NorthFace down vest. The zipper was broken. After considering replacing the zipper & realizing I don’t like zippers in jackets/vests. I cut it out, used the zipper tape to sew on a trim, found frogs for the closure, covered the “NorthFace” on both the front & back with black appliques, and voi-la, I have a vest I’ve worn since 1999 and have gotten hundreds of compliments on it.
One of my favorite pairs of gloves came from the floor of a bead store in Philadelphia. (Before moving to Rock Cave, WV, I lived in Philadelphia 30 yrs.) I’d been shopping for gloves for a couple months. Either they weren’t big enough, long enough, or were way too expensive. Finally I said, “God, I need some assistance here. I am looking for a pair of black lined leather gloves that fit perfectly. Please bring them to me.” Next thing I knew, here was a pair on the floor exactly like what I had requested. I turned them in to the store owner & he said, “They must be for you.”
I’m not a shopper, except for fabric, so this works for me.
What is your prize possession/”thing”/collectible/tool?
My car is my prize possession. It lets me move, explore, travel, carry all my gear, sleep, journey.