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February 20, 2009


My question is how do you find the time and energy to get creative when the "real" world takes over your life? I'm a mom, wife, grandmother, sister, friend, and a working nurse. It has been months since I've been in the studio. At first it's because there's no time or energy left after a long day to get in there. Then it's just plain hard to get motivated. I think I've lost my mojo. How do you get that back? And then keep it?

It is why I call my "studio" my work room- it is the place I do the work- I have been avoiding going in there these last months for various reasons- but last week necessity visited and guess what: I am working, being productive and I can see again and ideas are arriving. There is another book lurking...

You are reminding me of when I was in college. I was well into my thirties at that point, majoring in fine art. I had many class mates who were somewhere in the 18-20 year old range. They certainly spent more time partying than making art. But man, they looked SO cool. (I wonder if ny of them are still making art?)

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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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