Everyday Should be Earth Day!!

by Celine Semaan Vernon

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There must have been a time where our ancestors made every day an Earth day. When their lives, their crops, their homes all depended on it. When they looked for the stars to find meaning in there lives. 

Slow Factory created the Terra Modis dress to celebrate the Earth, and raise awareness around its fast changing environment due to Global Warming. Scientific American has written a beautiful piece about it.

Today wear the Earth. Mentally. Spiritually. Consciously. Remember, we are floating in space on mother ship Earth.

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Featured on Scientific American

by Celine Semaan Vernon

Karyn Traphagen was the first to wear the Terra Modis dress at the ScienceOnline conference. Shortly after that, Glendon Mellow interviewed our founder Celine Semaan Vernon for the Scientific American blog!

  • Where does your studio name Slow Factory come from?

I imagined our store floating in space next to the satellites and printing directly from space :). We are also part of the Slow Fashion Movement which means we are a sustainable business, we almost print and make according to our demand, we run limited editions and sell out of them very quickly. Only after that do we start a new production with natural fabrics sourced from India from a socially and environmentally responsible company, and the garments are made between Montreal and New York. It’s not a fast-paced process. It takes time to make things right. And for the worms to make silk, it takes time too. :)

  • What’s the loftiest language you could use to describe the NASA and satellite  images being worn on clothing?

To me it almost spiritual, to wrap yourself with the Universe, with the Earth. The nature of the Universe facilitates meditation, I personally find peace of mind looking at these images. That is how it all started. And what can be a better way to remind ourselves of the beauty we are surrounded with? I believe this thought keeps us open-minded and kinder.

  • What’s the fastest, coolest soundbite you could use?

I’m not sure I understand this question..

  • Fair enough!  Besides I came up with one that’s now the title of this blog post. You describe yourself as a “Creative Commoner of the soul”. How important is it to you to get images out into the world that are under Creative Commons? Why wouldn’t you be more protective of the images?

Is there a point to try to lock these images down under a copy right license? They belong the to the World. Even if I tried to limit their use, I might only cause more harm both to myself and to culture. I believe that Everything is a Remix. In fashion, there are no copy rights, only trade marks on the Logos: the creativity in fashion, the trends, the culture and sub-cultures are so rich! In music the copy-rights are creating more harm then good, because now that we have entered the loss of the physical support for music, how do we monetize on it? There needs to be a new way to think about making money that is not based on limited the use. What inspires me is the act of generosity. That what is fuels science, culture and the arts in general. Why try to limit the use and therefore limit creativity? What good does this serve the humanity?

  • What image would you never put on a dress? (Personal aesthetic reasons, political, etc)

The image of war.

  • Karyn Traphagen is one of the great science connectors of our time. How important is it to you that the dresses and clothing spark conversations?

Without conversation, the dress doesn’t exist. That is how important it is to me to have it seen, worn, re-appropriated, styled, owned. Its story will be heard only when it raises enough awareness that we all shift our thinking from the mindset of using the Earth to respecting the Earth and reconnecting with its energy so that we protect it and slow down on the extraction of oil and tar sands. It is an alarm bell just like so many others. The more we ring them, the more they’ll be heard. As a humanity, and to reconnect with our surrounding and creating new ways to reuse energy. Science is the breath of progress.

You can read the full interview here.

 

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Slowfactory and Valerie Dumaine

by Celine Semaan Vernon

VALÉRIE DUMAINE + SLOWFACTORY SPECIAL COLLABORATION

Greenland brings together the vision and designs of Valérie Dumaine with the innovative concepts and open-culture philosophy of Creative Commons advocate Celine Semaan, founder of Slowfactory.com.

 

These two limited edition items feature stunning NASA images of the world’s largest iceberg showing the Arctic ice melting as an effect of global warming.

 

 

 

Photos by Sylvain Blais.

Sea ice swirls in ocean currents off the east coast of Greenland on Aug. 17, 2012, as seen by the MODIS instrument on board the Terra satellite. Greenland's ice sheet and outlet glaciers can also be seen at left.

NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) announced on Aug. 27, 2012, that the ice cap covering the Arctic Ocean is now smaller than ever recorded since consistent satellite measurements of the ice began more than three decades ago. Each year, the ice cap goes through a shrink-and-swell cycle, melting throughout the summer months before expanding through fall and winter. In the past decade in particular the minimum summertime extent of the ice cap has shown a consistent decline in size – a trend closely linked with the Arctic's warming climate. NASA and NSIDC scientists said the extent of Arctic sea ice on Aug. 26 surpassed the previous record minimum extent set in the summer of 2007. The ice cap will continue to melt and get smaller in the coming weeks before temperatures get colder and ice begins to refreeze as fall approaches.

 

Available for pre-order soon!

Fabric 100% silk
Sizes available: XS-S-M-L

Made in between Montreal and New York with love

 

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Sneak Peek! Co-Created a Dress!

by Celine Semaan Vernon

Here is a sneak peek of our new collaboration with Valérie Dumaine.

We made a statement dress! Its absolutely stunning!

 

sneak peek on our new dress co-created with valérie dumaine #earth #nasa #creativecommons @slowfactory_

East Greenland Terra MODIS sea ice Aug. 17

This is a sneak peek, the dress is still in production. In the photo is Valérie Dumaine herself taking a selfie to send me by email. This dress will be sold as early as January 2013, its a co-creation with brilliant Montreal based designer Valérie Dumaine.
A friendship turned into a fun collaboration making this wonderful silk dress hand made in Montreal, designed to raise awareness on the planet we live in. The image is under Creative Commons and comes from of course, my main inspiration lately, NASA Goddard's flickr account.

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