« Telling Stories, Finding Meaning | Main | Material World »

July 19, 2009


I really like that comment. I think a lot of the frustration to get things done stems from why it's being made. To sell? Must get more done. For self sufficiency? Might be a time line. For the pleasure of making? Doesn't really matter.... Of course, there is also the why do we want something? Just to have more? Because it gives pleasure? Because it is useful?

health definitely trumps most everything-

of course i have a lot to say about this. but to make it short, getting more done is starting to get to me. health-wise. and now i have to run which makes it worse.....

sometimes the universe is more literal than we think. it pays to get specific!

this is an interesting topic for me as well. as someone who strives to remain independent and self supporting with my *art* work, there is the constant reminder that i am creating more stuff to sell. so far (for 32ish years) it has worked. a milestone in itself.

i justify it by doing more teaching, sharing the creative spirit through my work- making things that can be taken and used to create by others. but still, i wonder.

the thought of not doing it literally makes me queasy.

That's funny because I was just reading a meditation book the other day and the following passage struck me:

"Thich Nhat Hanh, uses the example of washing the dishes . When a visiting friend once asked him if he could do the dishes after a meal, Nhat Hahn agreed on the condition that he do the dishes in the right way. He must do the dishes to do the dishes, not to get them finished and get on with something else."

So, maybe slow cloth is mindful art?

The comments to this entry are closed.

My Photo

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.


  • www.flickr.com
    MissElaineous1's items Go to MissElaineous1's photostream

Books and Reports by Elaine Lipson

Selected Articles by Elaine Lipson