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December 17, 2008


I'm afraid I have no suggestions or solutions for our wasteful attitude problems (though I do love the advice given the supermodel), but I do want to asssure you....
What you produce with your hands and heart and creative spirit is not the same as the Pier1 things. It's not. And any other discerning eye and heart will know that. This sounds quite trite... but it isn't meant that way. I prize the items that others have hand made for me... I can see the care that is sewn/glued/stapled into it. They have a weight to them... a sense of realness...
But I think you do know that. That's why you are compelled to do what you do.

That Times article was very interesting, nothing that I didn't know of before really, but it's an important issue!

Love the last line: “If we spent exactly double the amount of money on each garment and bought exactly half as many garments, nobody would be impoverished by that.” It is so true.

Hi M-L! Thank you -- yes, it's been a traumatic week, but all is well.
I thought of you as I wrote the post - I hope you'll write about the line too, as your perspective is so wonderful, and you know the language and culture.. I love regional fairy tales and legends, and the designs are so colorful and alive.

Oh, you beat me to posting about the new Marimekko collection! It really is quite different from the early years of their large bold abstract shapes. I love the references to the Kalevala myths.

Glad your guardian angels have been alert, what scares you've had!

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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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