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July 18, 2008


The Smithsonian Museum of African Art is showcasing an exhibition on: TxtStyles: Fashioning Identity. Last week, the museum put on an awesome panel discussion with four African fashion designers presented by Sally Singer, Vogue feature editor. Kotow, of Project Runway fame, participated and is a true inspiration.

Am so much hoping I have my physical act together enough to go down and see that exhibition. It is a goal worth setting - fingers crossed.

I hope I'll be able to get there to see it; some of the work sounds spectactular. Jude, thank you always for your thoughtful comments -- it's always great to see them.

can't wait. i agree about the traditional techniques filtered through newness. paths converging. i look forward to this exhibition. thanks.

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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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