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January 01, 2008


Hi Sue, thank you so much. I have more thoughts on Slow Cloth for posting soon. I hope you're feeling well and that the sun is showing up at least occasionally in Washington.

Lisa, thank you. I love the word "fascinating" -- what a compliment. The year is getting off to a good start. I hope yours is as well, your work is an inspiration.

Paula, that is terrific. Another huge compliment as this blog is so new. I will try to keep making your day and live up to your generosity. Thanks.

Hi Ive just nominated you for a make my day award. Love your blog, always interesting reading

May your year be magical! Your blog is fascinating.

Those are three very significant questions. I'd especially like to hear the answer(s) to number 2.

Can't remember now whether I commented on your bullet points for Slow Cloth. In case I didn't, I am with you 100%.

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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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