The Story Behind Slow Factory

by Celine Semaan Vernon


I come from a land of chaos: Beirut, Lebanon. Ever since I was a child, we moved around, traveling from Beirut to Paris to Montreal. Throughout it all, the stars always guided our travels and imagining space became a way to ground me. Because while I never had a traditional definition of home, I always felt comforted by the constant presence of the stars.

That’s why I started Slow Factory. I learned a lot from working with the open-knowledge, open-source movement and how it allowed people to connect to one another. Inspired by NASA’s publicly-available satellite images and by collaborating with other artists, our nebula and supernova collections were created to be a reminder of how we can find beauty and connection in the cosmos.

Now that I’ve made a home in New York, the bright city lights make it harder to see the stars. But if I can help people feel a little more connected with our cosmic silk prints, I will be happy knowing that I’ve made a small impact in a really big way.

- Celine Vernon, founder of Slow Factory

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Know where your clothes come from

by Celine Semaan Vernon

NPR created this interactive documentary that follows a simple T-shirt's journey to you. From the cotton fields in the Mississippi to Bangladesh, to Columbia, back to the US. Your clothes have a life of their own before you even wear them, use them, wash them and stain them. Every piece of clothing should be treated with respect. Watch it! It's amazing!

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