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December 22, 2010


Elaine, I wish you great joy and tranquility for 2011, I know I could use a large dose of both. What a strange year it has been, some terrible personal and global lows and yet some wonderful learning too as I have discovered people like you and Jude and so many others. Looking forward to your new blog.

Your presence has always been an inspiration to me. I understand the struggles, doesn't every artist have them? Good luck with the new blog, I look forward to it. Hope this holiday has been peaceful and the New Year will be abundant in creativity!

all the best in the new year and with your new blog from my fourth chakra............

I know what you mean about this year.. a sort of year in waiting for us - slow cloth and slow progress... but still it has given us a chance to think through our future.
Best wishes and I hope you do continue blogging, I find your words very inspiring.

Best wishes Shani

all the best in the new year...

What a lovely and appropriate gift - thank you. And thank you for all the interesting writing you have given us, and the inspiration. I really look forward to your new blog.
For me, 2011 will be a continuation of trying to find more space in my life, to develop greater patience and to realize at least a few of the ideas I have in my sketchbook.
Happy New Year!

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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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