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January 01, 2009


Happy New Year Lainie! I finally have a few moments to breathe so I posted something on my blog after ages and I will reply to your email very soon.

Oh, thank you, Heather -- that was one of those paragraphs where I thought, "Should I really put this out there?" So I appreciate your comment very much. And yes, that is exactly the book that I want to do - with a chapter for each of the qualities of Slow Cloth - thank you for the encouragement. And best wishes to you, too -- you've had your share of changes as well, so here's to a wonderful new year.

I am with you on the midlife therapy thing. My friend Helene calls it peeling the onion. And I hope you are still thinking about the book proposal, I have been dreaming that you will write a book on Slow Cloth.
All the best for 2009.

i wish you all the best in the coming year. it promises to be an adventure for all who take the first step....

Sounds like you have moved forward and that is progress, even it seems less than you desired. I, too, have had a 'slower' year because of health, yet we are here and will keep on striving! Happy New Year, Lainie, may it be full of creative abundance, good health and happiness.

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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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