Image: Riding a Curve by Jude Hill, Hand/Eye Magazine
Elaine Lipson offers her poetic definition of Slow Cloth:
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.
Image: Coma as Measure of Persistence by Jude Hill, Hand/Eye Magazine
For more, read Lipson’s beautiful article in Hand/Eye Magazine: ‘Slow Cloth’
Elaine Lipson is a writer, editor, author, communications and content specialist, artist, and the creator of the Slow Cloth concept and philosophy of textile art, craft, design, and culture. She’s also written extensively on organic foods and related issues.