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May 25, 2010

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What a lovely message, Darlene - thank you - it means a lot, especially coming from you, whose work is so magnificent and made with so much intention and spirit!

I know I'm late coming here to read your thoughts, but do know that all your good work is not taken for granted. Although I'm not always comfortable with how the expression "Slow Cloth" is being interpreted by some -- and I see that I am not alone with those reservations--, you have given form and words to the drive for mastery and respectful practices that I could not express.

Thank you. I always look forward to hearing your thoughts in the distance.

Innovators in any field always face push back and negative
responses. It's the principle of the nail that sticks up
and is true in all creative fields. Once in awhile have a
rant to let loose the ugly tension-then carry on. Well
done, you!

well said indeed.

I'm not part of the Slow Cloth group as you know, but I commend you on speaking up with such clarity and intelligence to defend your ideas and copyright! Wishing you well as you 'right the ship' and move back to creativity - have missed your voice!

PS Any chance you could do a workshop or something for Maiwa here in Vancouver sometime? Would love to meet!

I had no idea that what you describe was happening. No wonder that you are disheartened. Your ideas have been very inspirational to me, and your 10 Qualities of Slow Cloth has provided me with guiding principles. No doubt that I have thought more about what I make and how I make it because of you. So, a very big thank you!
I did re-join Facebook, after deciding it was too superficial for me, just so I could join the Slow Cloth group. But I do find I am not visiting as much as I anticipated. Don't know why exactly - I have read some very interesting things there, but maybe, for me, Facebook is just so full of chatter.
I still wait for your book.

Hi Elaine,
just wanted to drop a line to express my support for you and the slow cloth philosophy. Sorry to hear that things are going a bit pear shaped at the moment.
And damn people who steal other peoples ideas and pass them off as their own.
Jane

Good for you. Well said. You deserve an applause, and if I lived any closer to you, I would bring you a nice tall glass of something or rather, Elaine.

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10 Qualities of Slow Cloth, by Elaine Lipson

  • I defined Slow Cloth several years ago on this blog. Read the original post at http://lainie.typepad.com/redthread/2008/01/this-must-be-th-1.html. (Copyright Elaine Lipson 2007-2011; all rights reserved).
  • Joy
    Slow Cloth has the possibility of joy in the process. In other words, the journey matters as much as the destination.
  • Contemplation
    Slow Cloth offers the quality of meditation or contemplation in the process.
  • Skill
    Slow Cloth involves skill and has the possibility of mastery.
  • Diversity
    Slow Cloth acknowledges the rich diversity and multicultural history of textile art.
  • Teaching
    Slow Cloth honors its teachers and lineage even in its most contemporary expressions.
  • Materials
    Slow Cloth is thoughtful in its use of materials and respects their source.
  • Quality
    Slow Cloth artists, designers, crafters and artisans want to make things that last and are well-made.
  • Beauty
    It's in the eye of the beholder, yes, but it's in our nature to reach for beauty and create it where we can.
  • Community
    Slow Cloth supports community by sharing knowledge and respecting relationships.
  • Expression
    Slow Cloth is expressive of individuals and/or cultures. The human creative force is reflected and evident in the work.

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