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November 12, 2008


Hi All - thanks for your interesting comments!

Colors definitely carry different meanings in different cultures and contexts - in some countries white is a color of mourning.

In the sense of a blanket of snow under an early winter full moon . . many emotional possibilities.

Hmm... white does not make me sad (well, really no color does). White is so changeable and multi tonal... is it a sparkling cold blue white, steely gray white or mellow creamy white?
The golden aged white of an old lace dress or the soft pure white of a downy bird's feather?
The streakss of gray toned white shot through the dark hairs on my loved one's head?
That oh-so-fluffy spot of tannish white on the front of my cat, where when I pet her there she purrs up a storm?
Or the classic... the reflective clear white of a layer of untouched snow blanketing the ground and covering the crumpled brown mush of unraked leaves?
No, white is not sad to me...

White is such a sad colour

I so want to go to Bali - shame on you for dropping this on us poor Midwestern folk getting ready for blizzard season. (PS - I'll be in Boulder in late January, so if I'm not snowed in then, perhaps we might meet?)

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    Slow Cloth involves skill and has the possibility of mastery.
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    Slow Cloth acknowledges the rich diversity and multicultural history of textile art.
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  • Materials
    Slow Cloth is thoughtful in its use of materials and respects their source.
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    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.
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    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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