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November 17, 2008


Thanks for sharing this information...I especially like the block printed fabrics.

I owned an original Marimekko dress in 1972. A long dress out of slightly stiff cotton and the pattern was an outbreak of pink and raspberry red worms in agony. Wonder what it would be worth today...

Mmmm ... spoonflower sounds like it could be a wonderful resource as I continue in my textiles degree. Or maybe just a fun daliance?

Oh, ooooops . . . of course it's Finland. I'll fix that right away. Thank you for the correction and the very kind words! My apologies to the Finnish textile masters and your family of weavers. Send photos of weavings if you like, anytime.

I've been loving your blog for some time. Though I'm not a fabric artist per se, except for some batiking I did a long time ago, I love textiles. They are part of my Finnish heritage, with many weavers in my family. And of course, there is Marimekko from Finland (not Sweden). Thanks for the always interesting and informative and inspiring, Elaine!

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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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