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December 24, 2009


My year hasn't been quite what I planned, either. I find myself involved in several things I hadn't foreseen, and somewhat disengaged from what I thought would be central. Life, as always, is a work in progress.

enjoyed the diebenkorn links-thanks!finally had a moment to enjoy them. DO come out and we'll go see the OC show!

Very interesting blog post. I have a feeling many of us are looking to 2010 to be a special year.

I think many people felt it was a stalled year - for me things got done but at times it was like wading through knee deep treacle. A treacle year that what I call it

Thank you for the inspiring images and the reminder that this is a good time for us all to regroup and review our intentions.

Wishing you peace and joy and creativity this Christmas season and in the New Year!

I wish you sharp needles, strong threads, rainbows of fabric and floss in the new year. May your designs be splendiferous, your work heart felt and your art horizons expand beyond your wildest dreams.

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    Slow Cloth has the possibility of joy in the process. In other words, the journey matters as much as the destination.
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  • 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
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  • Materials
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    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.
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  • 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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