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December 15, 2007


Dear Rissa, I've been looking for a bellydance teacher all year and a new studio is just opening here in Boulder next month -- I'd love to hear your story of bellydancing. And do you make your own costumes? And I agree, there are fantastic new ideas out there. It's very exciting.

Interesting article. I always thought that etsy was like the way some people say etc(etsy) instead of etcetera. LOL

I am just over 40 and I identify with the younger crowd in some ways and the older in others. I have always hung out with older women, by nature of being a crafter since I was a child, but I was also a rebel in the age of punk. Some of the patterns coming from the younger crowd are fabulous! Maybe it is the influence of bellydancing...but I am walking a strange path through the traditional and the funky fringe.

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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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