This weekend I will be sanding by hand 8 of 31 maple tiles for a new flooring idea. I enjoy the process of sanding wood by hand as it allows the mind time to work through other ideas and thoughts, whilst physically working towards a beautiful finished piece. While mechanical sanding is a lot quicker and very useful for shaping and precision lines etc I have not been able to get the organic shapes I want only with a machine. I also love the connection that the hand work offers me. As someone who loves the sensory stimulation gained by touching and feeling materials, the tactility of handwork like this offers immense satisfaction. I like the way my hands and arms feel tired after this work and the occasional blisters! I feel that it also offers me a small insight into the times when machines weren't so readily available, if at all for this kind of work and for the effort that went into producing a fine finish on old furnitures etc.
The tiles in the picture are maple, although they are not the tiles I will be working on this weekend.
Slow means many things. The context that I mainly use it in is as a philosophy which allows one the time, particularly as a designer, to think thoroughly about ones work, about choices that we make regarding materials and processes, and the end results that we aim for. Slow sits on the same philosophical shelf of thought as many other sustainable design theories.
Slow is not necessarily slow in a time sense (items or processes do not need to be long-winded or time consuming) but is more about allowing oneself time, or simply not rushing.
By Slow Textiles I refer to ones created using the rough principles laid out above, created using sustainable materials, sustainable processes and with environmentally sound aims for the end product.
Slow Design, Slow Textile Theory
A manifesto or framework for Slow designers and Slow Textiles