Sophie Cowman sits quietly behind a table in her quiet shop along quiet Lovers Lane. On the days Sophie opens a window while she works, she can hear Fountain Creek in its perpetual run beneath her seat, beneath the shop’s bricks and floor boards.
Sophie has been carving wood in one shop or another — she’s in her fifteenth — since 1972 in Manitou Springs. Lately, her hands are more often busy with the needle, thread, fabric and colors of quilting. Still, a corner of her shop, with its wood-chip covered floor, is dedicated to carving.
With her hands on a quilt-in-progress spread in front of her, Sophie, 77, talks with Humanitou. We talk about her will for independence, and her transition in the Seventies from life in a convent to hitchhiking and hippie culture. We talk about a life made by hand from cedar and thread.
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