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March 08, 2009


I am lucky enough to have a couple of tea bowls repaired with gold, given to me by my friend in Japan. A whole exhibit devoted to such lovely work sounds thrilling.

Just catching up and wanted to say how much I enjoy reading the many intriguing things you post about. I am sorry to hear about your uncle, but I'm glad you were able to glean more about your family history from him, especially that of your grandma. Finally, I love the work of the Depression era WPA artists (perhaps it is the Midwesterner in me) - thank you for posting that link.

I have on my cubewall at work that says


I should have know Leonard Cohen
was behind that.

Hi Jude! THank you always for your comments. Yes, I love that lyric by our great poet of art and spirit, Leonard Cohen. If I were to rename this blog, it might be called That's How The Light Gets In.

i love this post, especially since the concept of cracks is creeping into my cloth making. terrific. that's how the light gets in....

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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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