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.



Working in Groups:

Kuna women doing their applique, 2004.

Slow Textiles not only generate timeless artefacts but they expand time.  Engaged in contained, communal process, time stops and all that is slow flows in.
This is our first post and our vision for the Slow Textiles platform is to offer a space, physical, mental and virtual, for all individuals who are interested in textiles-related things to meet up, share, exhibit, sell, generate outcomes such as books and journals, films as well as textiles and enjoy!