The Slow Textiles Group is a Design Management company.
“All our members are cultural meaning creators,” says CEO Emma Neuberg (PhD, Royal College of Art, London, UK). “Each one imbues materials, clothing, images, systems, techniques and relationships with cultural meaning. This creates value and edge by being symbolic, insightful and eloquent and grounds people in a language that can be felt, talked about, shared and understood. The importance of this cannot be overestimated as it leads to liberation, waste reduction and increased happiness and we know how significant these are for planet, people, social capital, health capital and resource capital.”
“Design, clothing and textiles exist in a cognisant, collective space, based upon survivalist principles, not some place of serendipity and coincidence.”
The aim of the Slow Textiles Group is to push the boundaries of textiles practice and related industries (including Agriculture, Waste, Chemical Engineering, Behavioural Science, Oceanic Sciences and Social Care), and record the resulting innovations, concepts and projects through publication, exhibition and international events.
The pioneering enterprise originates from Neuberg’s research into sustainable design systems whilst a doctoral candidate in 2000 at the Royal College of Art in London (her research focus was Extended Life Techniques for Plastics), an awardee of the National Endowment for Science, Technology & the Arts Creative Pioneer Programme and a design consultant at Textiles Environment Design at Chelsea College of Art & Design (University of the Arts, London).
Dr Neuberg founded the Slow Textiles Group in 2009 in response to a demand for more reflective, theoretical and collaborative frameworks for creative design and textiles practice, professional development, educational and industry support, lifelong learning and an interconnected community. Her vision for the future is progressive, integrative and global.
The group’s headquarters is at Textiles Hub London and booked events are livestreamed for easy access.