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April 10, 2009


And if you visit when it's raining, you see your own image among the names.


I visited several years ago. We were on vacation, laughing, talking. By the time I was done walking through it I was in tears. It is incredibly effective. It's just names and names and names, and then little mementos left, or flowers, or notes It's like the sadness is in the stone. You really have to be there to understand.

It was my contemporaries, friends and boyfriends, who held the draft numbers. I have not yet been to this memorial, afraid to try, truth be told. Thanks for the first hand perspective.

Lainie, this is very moving, poignant, beautiful,sort of haunting...

Have a good trip home.

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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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