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October 02, 2008


I can only echo these comments. I find the articles you write on such a wide range of textile techniques and artists and the links invaluable to sparking my imagination and assisting in finding things I wouldn't otherwise come across. I also definately share your views on much of the less imaginative items that are so lauded by others on the web. It seems that for some, if it can't be done quickly, its not worth doing. Leave them to it I say - I'd rather celebrate the more intricte and imaginative. Thanks for finding so much for us all to enjoy.

You keep me thinking Lainie, about what i do and why---and connecting to others of the same ilk is SO important---some of us are isolated by geography and by lack of common ground in their own locale, so i thank you greatly for the food you've given! Blog on, my dear, blog on :}

i have been blogging for 2 years now and way past 100 posts, but i have found that it has been a valuable process for me to document my relationship with cloth and my thought catching process. isn't it amazing how we learn as we go? the slow cloth thing is coming. i have had tremendous response and sense that it strikes a chord in the hearts of many. a publication dedicated to this is a great idea. i ahve been musing on that. i will say that i have noticed already a direction shift in some of the existing mags, the desire to find more slow cloth makers. of course you cannot become one over night.

Congratulations, Lanie! Keep plodding away, but stay positive. People do what they can do and it is about money for many of them because they need it to be so. I'm just happy that so many people are making things. With time, the wind sorts out the wheat from the chaff and the good stuff sticks. Several years ago I read a statistic that only 2% of those receiving a MASTERS degree in art ended up in an art-related field. Isn't that sad? So, for all it's faults, the indie movement is affording that as a possible lifestyle for many. Plus, there is a lot of recycling or upcycling that happens because of it, too.

Anyway, stick with it! Cheers to you!

I can only echo the previous commenters and add that I am so grateful to have found someone articulate the Slow Cloth concept. I happened upon a book title yesterday, "Craftsmanship." I think that says it all - its about the craftsmanship, not just the craft.

I love the connections to other slow cloth artists/artisans/whatever else they're comfortable calling themselves.
And I have found your posts to be supportive of the kind of work I find of interest...work done with hands, head and heart.
I just don't want you to burn out, so please take it at whatever pace you're comfortable with, okay?

You are doing awesome. I really enjoy this blog, I come here to find thoughtful, interesting posts and links that make me feel a part of a larger community. If you are struggling it doesn't show, the posts are thoughful and well written and they often ignite new paths of thought in my brain. Keep going!

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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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