is the fiber worlds equivalent of the slow food movement. Slow cloth
was branded and initiated by Elaine Lipson
, artist, writer, editor, and one of the supporters of the slow food idea here in the US. Slow cloth
is not a project, technique, or some kind of exclusive club, but rather a philosophy and an attitude, characterized by joy, skill, contemplation, beauty, and expression. The Slow Cloth philosophy embraces teaching, community (global and local), diversity, and responsible sourcing and use of materials. You can find a more detailed outline of the slow cloth
For me slow cloth emphasizes the fact that making things from fiber is a blissful experience, and that is is ok for things to take time, as long as we cherish the process. On a larger scale slow cloth takes on issues such as sustainable, and fair manufacturing of fashion and home goods, respect for the environment, the importance of making things that last and doing more with less.
The slow cloth group on facebook
, spearheaded by Elaine
, with the help of Jude Hill
, and Glennis Dolce
, now has close to 600 members from all over the world, all sharing a love for fabric, fibers, stitching, and handcraft. The slow cloth
group has ongoing discussions about varied topics such as artistic process, books for fiber makers, favorite needels, and "ugly" work. There is an adjacent flicker group
where members can post photos of their work, and all members are encouraged to post links and comments on topics related to the slow cloth philosophy. I find this to be an increadible inspiring place and I encourage everybody who work with textiles, and who embraces the slow cloth ideas to join the group. Thank you Kit
for helping me find the way, and thank you Elaine, Jude, and Glennis for setting things in motion!
Images above courtesy of Jude Hill. All rights reserved.