Friday, February 01, 2008

The Slow Life

The Slow Food movement has extended into the Slow Life. Natalie "Alabama" Chanin is quoted extensively. I preordered a copy of her new book, Alabama Stitch Book: Projects and Stories Celebrating Hand-Sewing, Quilting and Embroidery for Contemporary Sustainable Style by Natalie Chanin, Stacie Stukin, and Robert Rausch.
Slow means that Alabama Chanin is run on the tenets of the Slow Food movement, which essentially challenges one to use local ingredients harvested and put together in a socially and environmentally responsible way. Above all it emphasizes slowness in the creation and consumption of products as a corrective to the frenetic pace of 21st-century life. “Good, clean and fair” is the Slow Food credo, and it has — rather slowly — begun to make its way out of the kitchen and into the rest of the house.
I meant to say more about that, but it will have to wait until later. Gotta get Iris off the school and me off the work.


  1. Interesting! I'm looking forward to more coverage on this topic, as it relates so well to Wardrobe Refashion, the Stuff Diet and a host of other things we contemplate!

  2. How about Slow Music, too? That's where you spend years learning to play an instrument so you can entertain your friends and family, but most of all yourself, with your own music every day. Get others to join you and have loads of fun!

  3. Spending years learning how to play an instrument is the ultimate in slow life. Time stops when one gets into "flow". I remember how I would start my daily violin practice and then 45 minutes would have elapsed in a blink.

    I have to get Iris set up with a violin of her own. But January is over and February is already booked up with back to back trips to the east coast for me.


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