Slowfactory and Valerie Dumaine

by Celine Semaan Vernon


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


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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Series of Oneness

by Celine Semaan Vernon

 We have ONE available left in each of these prints. Time to break the piggy bank and get some of these unique beauties for your love ones!! First come first serve. We have been selling out quicker than we thought. As Tina Roth puts it in her Tattly blog post Things I have learned so far:

5. Prepare for success
I admit, I wasn’t prepared for the success. Luckily I was able to scale up very quickly and keep up with demand, which probably comes with the nature of the temporary tattoo business. This might not have been possible if I sold something with a much longer product cycle.
So, ask yourself, what if I get a ton of orders within the first few weeks? Can my business scale? Do I have a plan on how I will do that? Am I building my business on a system that will allow me to grow?
So here we go! Enjoy!
Photos are by the one and only Yannick Grandmont!

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We <3 NASA

by Celine Semaan Vernon

Sea Ice off eastern Greenland

This is definitely our inspiration for next season. NASA's images of our dear and dying Earth.

EARTH <3 <3

After looking outside of her we want to zoom back into Earth and honor its beauty. Our favorite Flickr contact is for sure the NASA Goddard one! Open Data and science is what makes us vibrate here at Slow Factory. Stay tuned for our next collection and events!

What is this image about?

"NASA image acquired October 16, 2012
The MODIS instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this visible image of Sea Ice off eastern Greenland on October 16, 2012."

xo- Slow Factory

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How to Clean Your Silk Scarf?

by Celine Semaan Vernon

How to take care of your scarf and clean it is very easy just don't ever put it in the washing machine or the dryer.

 To Clean Silk

  • Silk is a natural protein fiber. Do not use chlorine bleach to clean silk; chlorine will damage the silk fabric
  • Avoid drying silk in direct sunlight as sunlight for a prolonged period will damage the silk fabric
  • Substances containing alcohol will damage silk fabric. So let your perfume and hairspray dry before dressing

 Hand Washing Silk is Highly Recommended

The best way to wash silk is to use cold water and natural soap such as Savon de Marseille, Doctor Bronner or baby soap. 

  • Do not soak silk for any more than a few minutes should be avoided
  • Do not use harsh detergents that contain bleaches or brighteners
  • Do not wring or twist; roll in towel to extract water
Hand to dry. Do not expose to direct sunlight.

To Iron Silk

  • If necessary, press the silk garment inside out while damp using cool iron setting (“Silk” setting on the iron)
  • Do not wet locally as this may cause rings
  • Too much heat can dull, pucker, or burn silk fabric
  • Most wrinkles in silk can be removed by hanging the garment in the bathroom during a shower. Let humidity do the ironing for you!

Cleaning Silk: Wrinkle Removal Tips

  • Minor silk wrinkles should disappear if the garment is hung overnight
  • Stubborn wrinkles can be removed with a cool iron set on "silk"
  • Better yet, hang your silk garment in the bathroom during a shower. Humidity will remove the wrinkles for you
 Silk Care: Travel Tips
  • Pack your silk garments as you would any other clothing. Simply hang the garment after unpacking. Minor wrinkles should disappear overnight
  • Better yet, hang your garment in the bathroom during a shower. The humidity will remove the wrinkles for you

More information can be found here about precautions to take for washing and drying silk.




icon by Maryna Aleksandrova, from The Noun Project

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