August 2–11, 2019

What are Slow Clothes?

"Slow Clothes" is the name given to garments and accessories that are artist-made, one-of-a-kind items, that reflect the work of the hand in the making.

Slow Clothes artists are committed to working in an eco-friendly way with regards to their choice and processing of materials.

Kate Fletcher, of London’s Centre for Sustainable, first coined the term ‘slow clothes’. Slow Clothes is a philosophy; a reaction to the ‘fast’ our society embraces fast food, fast cars and fast fashion.

Fast fashion is one of the worst polluters of our planet, from the production of the raw materials, through to the exploitation of child labour in the garment factories of Asia. On the other hand, Slow Clothes respects the environment and the maker.

Each of the artists has used eco-friendly methods in the creation of the works that will be shown on August 8, and sometimes the artists have even grown the raw materials, transforming them into one-of-a-kind artist-made garments and accessories. 

Text contributed by artist Dawn Michelle Russell.

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