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January 05, 2009


Dear Elaine,

Thanks so much for the shout-out. I appreciate the kind words immensely. Love your blog and its inspiration for slowing down and considering life to its fullest.

Hi! Awesome post... I really enjoyed reading it... and thank you for turning me on to Deidre Adams, love finding another artist to learn about and be inspired by!

I worked with a first hand at a theater in Wiscinsin who hadworked for Prince's shop... hooboy... stories indeed!
I love dyeing, and think I've a knack for it, but to spend the whole day doing it? That's a hard, physically and mentally, job. I admire those who do it and do it so well.
What about effectual or competent? Or facile?

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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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