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October 03, 2010


There's only one answer to hatred.......... love.

Not seeing the other person in the flesh, not seeing the face, the eyes -- this is a source of cruelty. Warriors who wear masks may protect their faces, but they provoke even greater cruelty from their opponents.
But if it happens, I better remember that these hostilities have nothing to do with me. They are a projection in my opponent's mind. If this person doesn't know me, what else can this be than a coincidental play of mind, a reflexion of her/his sick hatered? This makes it easier to just stop the communication and not react.

that is important: to end each day without having destroyed another. well spoken...k.

What a powerful essay, Elaine. Sometimes I despair of this world; my country Australia is no different and just now there is a great deal of opposition to the building of a mosque in our town - not a grand affair, just a simple building for worship and gathering. The level of ignorance is incredible and inexcusable and the kind of comments on the internet vary from belligerent to violent to just plain silly. It is sad because I thought we were a multicultural society but just beneath the skin we are very ugly.

Robyn Ayaz

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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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