Collages

Our dear friend Abraham Zeitoun's gorgeous work for Slow Factory highlighting our Petit Atlas Collection in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund.

 





How to DIY a turban

The science of wrapping a scarf.

Checkout the DIY turban guide Man Repeller to get your 70's Sophia Loren style tutorial! Perfect hairdo for hot summer days. How to stay classy despite the heatwave...

 

Knotty Objects

Slowly but surely, I am updating you on the Knotty Objects conference that happened on Thursday, July 23rd at the MIT Media Lab. The first MIT Media Lab Summit devoted to design, Knotty Objects was curated by Paola Antonelli, Neri Oxman and Kevin Slavin. Watch the videos or "shorties" here.

Slow Factory collaborated with the Media Lab to created exclusive and unique pieces with the images of their professors, artists and scientists. 

In this picture is Neri Oxman wearing her very own Slow Factory™ scarf.

Knotty Objects celebrates the chimeric nature of design: affirmative design and critical design. The event's name is inspired by knots: things that are tied and cannot be untied.

"Their whole is bigger than the sum of their part." - Neri Oxman

Knotty Objects

Knotty Objects” are objects for which conception, design, manufacturing, use and misuse are non-linear, non-discrete. They entangle practices, processes, and policies. When successful, they transform material practice, manufacturing culture, and social constructs.

We consider the brick, the bitcoin, the steak, and the phone to be archetypal knotty objects.


The brick invites questions about modular building and construction practices across all aspects of contemporary life, and how these are changing as they come to incorporate living materials instead of constraining them.

The bitcoin defies simple distinctions between currency, asset, and platform, and changes not just the imagining and practice of money, but of trust, reputation, value, and exchange.

The steak is a vivid reminder that all manufactured consumables have consequential origins, whether those origins are living, breathing animals, or cells in vitro.

The phone lies at the foundation of 21st century human (and non-human) communication, and shapes these exchanges for the hand, for the eye, and in the mind.

The event questioned, challenged, augmented, and exploded these notions among others, tying together speakers, panelists, and the audience over the course of two days.

What resonated with me was this simple sentence:

"You need to know your enemy and embrace it. Your enemy is the status quo."

This forces us to question the new normal,  ask ourselves "what if?" as a way to explore the future of design. Exploring ideas around data and data as a material, a little bit like we explore here, at Slow Factory, where we experiment on archiving data onto a natural fabric that gives the data another sets of use then the one originally designed to support data: which is the computer screen. Data is political, it is messy, and data has always been a privilege. What happens when we allow people to explore data, to create using data and to try to understand this data - in other terms: without the expert.

Whatever happens makes sense after the fact. Everything is so obvious once you know the answer. And here lies the role of art and design and the work around experiment and exploration. 

I will leave you with this quote for now. Let me know know your thoughts on this conference! @slowfactory_

 

Let's slow down a minute

"[The modernists] were trying to slow down the seemingly inexorable rush of the world, to force people to notice their own lives. In the twenty-first century, that rush has now reached Force Five; we are all inundated with information and given no time to wonder what it means or where it came from. Access without understanding and facts without context have become our daily diet." via Brain Pickings

3 Things that inspired us last week


UN x Parley

There is so little news about the good that is going on in the world. Last week, I attended UN x Parley conference at the United Nations in New York where they unveiled their Adidas collaboration: a sneaker made our of ocean trash.


Ted Radio Hour

The episode about Quiet


WWF's End to Great Barrier Reed Dumping

WWF thanks its supporter on this amazing news:

A full ban on dumping in the Great Barrier Reef should come to fruition in a matter of months. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee has voted to maintain pressure on Australia to deliver on its promise to restore the health of the reef.


Contribute in protecting our oceans by owning one of our pieces in partnership with the WWF:

Shop Petit Atlas

 

 

Celebrating Antoine

Slow Factory is proud to present our latest collaboration with acclaimed visual artist Shantell Martin on this collection, which ties the magic of Le Petit Prince with the whimsical visual storylines of Shantell Martin. 

The launch of this collection marks Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's birth date, June 29th, and is made of ethereal scarves also coincides with the $80 million animated adaptation about the novella by director Mark Osborne, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last month.

Slow Factory’s founder Celine Semaan Vernon & Shantell Martin have created a unique silk scarf from a unique collage of the Prince on Rosetta’s Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and Martin’s drawings, which create a universe of their own.

This collaboration from Slow Factory, Petit Prince and Shantell Martin celebrates Science and Fiction — ESA’s landing on the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and the classic novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry that gave so many of us the inspiration to dream of space as children.

Acclaimed visual artist Shantell Martin builds upon the cosmic mystery of the imagery with her original drawings that are a part of her ‘Dream’ series, a whimsical visualization of the subconscious which build on Slow Factory’s collage of the classic image of the Prince in his Asteroid replacing it with high-res photo taken by Rosetta on 14 February 2015.

Slow Factory is excited to present this collection, an oneiric universe honoring the philosophic nature of the novella. Scarves will be available at www.slowfactory.com  from June 15th, 2015, starting at $55 for the pocket scarf version and $175 for the larger size.