Our Masterclass in Slow Fashion Opens up New Creative Avenues

In our Workshop No.16, Frances Cowper shares her techniques for unlocking the secrets of pattern taking without harming the original garment.
In the photo, a 1950s dress, a much loved garment of the owner, is recreated in paper using an unique but simple system.
The ownership of style is given a new lease of life by giving people the skills to recreate their favourite garments at the point the original becomes threadbare.
Women who know what suits them, reinforced by the response they’ve had when clothed in a favourite garment, can now extend the garment’s life and its positive affect on their lives by creating new versions of it for themselves.
This marked an overriding motivation, joy and excitement expressed at the end of our first Slow Fashion Masterclass.
More Slow Fashion masterclasses coming in 2011.

Publication Opportunities for Slow Textiles Group members:

Natalia Gontcharova, Le Coq d’Or, Les Ballets Russes, 1914.
A handful of exciting publication and exhibition opportunities have come up for Slow Textiles Group members
in association with the Slow Textiles Press and high profile venues, such as

the V&A.

To become a member, click the Buy Now button on the right.
To correspond, please contact emmaneuberg_at_mac.com

On the Promotion of Flow

As a non-profit organisation, our motivation lies in

the promotion and practise of
reverie and flow as enabling tool

and passage to deep learning and insight,

the dissemination of

nourishing and sustainable methodologies

and routes to

autonomy, flourishing and joy.

Learning From a Young Master: Ceramic Artist Ryota Aoki
Ryota Aoki, ceramic artist, Japan.

To expand and quantify your understanding and tacit knowledge,
try one of our

and if you enjoy the benefits of being part of the group,

you are invited to sign up for a

Studio Share, (currently in London and Oxfordshire),

a creative platform that opens up

dialogue and opportunity.

Slow Textiles Group in New Exhibition

Emma Neuberg, founder of the Slow Textiles Group, whose garments are in the permanent collection of the

Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation,

in the heart of the old Greek capital,


takes part in a new exhibition at the

Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece:


Run alongside, on April 9-11th 2010, was the timely Fashion and Costume Conference,

‘Endyesthai’: (To Dress)

Historical, Sociological and Methodological Approaches.

Emma spent her early years in Greece indicated in the links and references of her work relating to language, place and colour.


An invitation to add to a growing collection of material stories. 

Inspired by Charles Darwin’s nephew, George Darwin’s 1872 paper “Development in Dress”, this online collection is part of a research project to create “biographies in dress” where clothes are read as biographies of gender, social climate, biological development, geographic location, personal change and cultural evolution.

Please hashtag images of cherished garments with #FashionAutobiography on social media with details of age at wearing, description of the garment, geographic location, year and top 3 reasons for wearing it that day/that year. Thank you!

Nabis Inspiration for Textile Designers

Le Talisman, 1888. by Paul Serusier (1864-1927)

The Nabis saw their work as a bold new interpretation of their world rather than a revolution against tradition. This bold new interpretation included all over graphic decoration, textile-like ornamental colour and composition and a visceral glow on canvas.


For the textile designer, The Nabis hold enormous inspiration both for the colourist and structuralist.  In this painting by Serusier, for instance, we can see the potential for the printer, embroiderer, weaver and knitter.

There is a decorative maximalism that could be transformed in a multiplicity of ways for fashion and interiors.  

See more paintings here.