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March 07, 2009


Hi, I have been browsing your blog and have enjoyed your thoughtfulness very much. I wish you the best in whatever you do...
cheers, Gwen in Canada

Wow, what a wonderful blog. Deep and thoughtful--meditative sewing. I don't know why it never occurred to me that way. I'm pondering similar experiences, having just lost my brother to cancer a few months ago. He was a wealthy young boy in Cuba, and came to the US during the revolution, with family who'd lost everything. I've watched family members either be emotinoally destroyed by their struggles or emotionally liberated by the freedom to create a new world for themselves. Isn't this really the challenge we face everyday? Does what happens to us matter more than what we do about what happens to us? And through it all, some form of balancing within -- meditative sewing sounds good.

A thoughtful post yet again Lainie- I wonder there is some sort of challenge in this isn't there? Producing the most beautiful of things in the most barren of monetary times- a challenge to create something of beauty out of the scraps of the past and the doyen times of the money centrifuge, where minimalism and slow work/cloth and stitching went out the window. I can see a wonderful exhibit, richly dense in its texture, colour and spirit- made from things that we already have....

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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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