The Slow Textiles Group is a Sustainable Textiles Design Management company located in London, UK.
“Our members are cultural meaning experts,” says Dr Emma Neuberg, director of the Slow Textiles Group and founder of Slow Textiles, a global movement for sustainable textiles industry, study and enterprise.
“Each imbues materials, garments, images, systems and craft with invested and processed cultural meaning. This creates value and competitive edge by being symbolic, insightful, eloquent and grounds creators and audiences in a crafted language that can be felt, shared, talked about, held in mind, understood and owned.
“The importance of this cannot be over-estimated as it ultimately leads to individuation (for individuals and brands), liberation from mediocrity, waste reduction and increased happiness (all to lasting effect) and we know how significant these are for planet, people and health as well as social, resource and cultural capital.”
The aim of the Slow Textiles Group is to push the boundaries of textiles practice and related industries (including Behavioural Science, Social Care, Agriculture, Chemical Engineering, Oceanic Sciences and Waste Management), and record the resulting innovations, concepts and projects through publication, exhibition and an exciting and engaging programme of events.
“Design, clothing and textiles exist in a cognisant, collective space, based upon survivalist principles, not some place of unconscious Zeitgeist, serendipity and coincidence,” writes Dr Neuberg.
The pioneering enterprise originates from Neuberg’s research in Sustainable Design Systems whilst a doctoral candidate at the Royal College of Art in London, 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 (now the Centre for Circular Design) at the University of the Arts, London.
Established in 2009, the Slow Textiles Group thrives with international demand for its pioneering, reflective, theoretical and collaborative frameworks for design and textiles practice, professional development, educational and industry support, lifelong learning and interconnected, supportive communities.