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June 29, 2008


I heard John Gillow speak last year and I was the most mavellous experience as he bought a large amount of textiles with him that he was happy for us to handle, stroke, gaze at or even buy. He is a fascinating and entertaining speaker full of anecdotes to accompany each piece of textile he has with him. He mentioned that his publisher has asked him to write a new book on Middle Eastern textiles whch will be similar in format to the African book, so there is another one to look out for and look forward to.

Okay now there is another book on the list. I really love Anoushka's compositions. Also love watching her conduct. She is so vital and "in charge" plus still so feminine.

I also have the African book and have had the opportunity to look at his textiles at talks and quilt shows, have also learnt to leave my purse at home as I love the Indian pieces and I am always tempted.

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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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