Hi dear readers - I haven't stopped blogging, things have just been very busy and a little strange the last couple of weeks. If you are new to this blog from the Facebook group or another blog, and wondering about Slow Cloth, here's a little history. I started writing this blog in December of 2007, partly in order to fully develop and organize my ideas about slow cloth. No one else that I was aware of had used the term before then. I've discussed it in many posts (visit the slow cloth category), but this post is the one in which I really set down the qualities that I think are essential to slow cloth. While enjoying taking your time with stitching is part of it, it's also much more to me.
For me, slow cloth is not just hand stitching, it's a relationship to textiles and craft in all forms, including machine sewing, business, fashion design, dyeing -- you name it. It is a progressive way of thinking about craft, a response to sameness, commodification, and fast, cheap production, whether in the personal craft world or the multinational clothing world.
If you're wondering who I am, I am an author, writer, editor, artist, speaker, and even occasionally a stitcher. At the moment I work full-time as a book editor for a publisher of textile art and craft books. I spent many years as a writer, advocate, author, and communications expert in the organic food industry and still work in that area at times, though my portfolio, such as it is, is somewhat broader now. My knowledge of the Slow Food movement and sustainability issues has informed my writing about slow cloth. I've also written extensively about the emergence and market for sustainable and organic textiles and apparel.
I hope you'll come back and read more about art, craft, cloth, and culture here. Many people seem to be adopting the term "slow cloth," but using it in different ways, and I can only hope it doesn't get diluted too much, as I think the concept is valuable. If you write about slow cloth as I've defined it, I appreciate you linking back and following correct attribution practices for any quotes or paraphrasing of ideas. My words and images here are fully copyrighted. If you have questions or would like to talk with me, I'm very easy to contact at the e-mail address in the sidebar. Thanks, all.