Profile: onecoldhand.com

Web site reuniting gloves makes matches

By JENNIFER C. YATES, Associated Press Writer
Sat Dec 22, 2007 7:25 AM ET

Jennifer Gooch’s mission was to create a simple Web site where
people could go to find their lost gloves. Even if no happy reunions
ever took place, she was just content to spread a little goodwill.

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Fri Dec 21, 11:27 PM ET  (AP Photo/Andrew Rush, File)

Jennifer
Gooch, a graduate student in the Carnegie Mellon University School of
Art, poses for a portrait in her studio in Pittsburgh, Pa., in this
Nov. 30, 2007. Just a month since Gooch started the www.onecoldhand.com
web site, in an effort to reunited dropped gloves with their mates,
she’s reunited four gloves with their owners and is working on similar
sites for cities around the globe, and is planning a book to showcase
her found gloves. 

But just a month since http://www.onecoldhand.com went live, the
Carnegie Mellon University art student is busier than ever. She’s
reunited four gloves with their owners, is working on similar sites for
cities around the globe, and is planning a book to showcase her found
gloves.

The first glove match was made about a week ago, when a CMU intern
from Germany heard about the site and checked it out for her missing
beige glove. She found it on the page, under the description "woman’s
leather glove with bling."

Sarah Altmeyer said she bought the gloves a few years ago in
Germany, but later lost one at Carnegie Mellon’s Simon-Newell Hall. She
heard about the Web site Gooch created and thought she’d check it out.

Much to her joy, she found the missing glove there. "It was a very
popular glove. I was actually kind of happy it was our first reunion,"
Gooch said.

Gooch’s Web site got 55,000 hits in the 10 days after stories about her project ran all over the world.

"It’s been amazing. Once the surprise kind of waned, I realized that
it’s something a lot of people can relate to, and for different
reasons," Gooch said.

More than a dozen businesses and other offices in Pittsburgh now
have drop boxes where lost gloves can be placed. Gooch gathers the
gloves, photographs them and displays the picture on her Web site with
information about where the glove was found.

Gooch’s site has grown from 21 gloves to a collection of 75. A site
started soon after, http://www.onecoldhand-nyc.com, had three gloves
posted online as of Thursday. Sites are also planned for Manitoba,
Milan and Philadelphia after Gooch was contacted by strangers who
wanted to spearhead similar efforts in their cities.

At the end of April, Gooch plans an art show with the photos of her gloves, along with an accompanying book.

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