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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Open Data and Fashion is Beauty

by Celine Semaan Vernon


Numerous scientists have pointed out the irony that right at the historical moment when we have the technologies to permit worldwide availability and distributed process of scientific data, broadening collaboration and accelerating the pace and depth of discovery…..we are busy locking up that data and preventing the use of correspondingly advanced technologies on knowledge [2] John Wilbanks, VP Science, Creative Commons

The NASA Goddard's Flickr is an online jewel I love them. All the images are released under Creative Commons License CC-BY this is to treasure. 
This means you are free: 
* to Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work 
* to Remix — to adapt the work 
* to make commercial use of the work 

 -- Yay!! --

Why is Open Data making the world a better place?

Ignorance = Fear = Violence 

Knowledge = Understanding = Tolerance 

Simple truism. Simple facts. 

Open Data is is the idea that certain data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control. The goals of the open data movement are similar to those of other "Open" movements such as open source, open content, and open access. The philosophy behind open data has been long established (for example in the Mertonian tradition of science), but the term "open data" itself is recent, gaining popularity with the rise of the Internet and World Wide Web and, especially, with the launch of open-data government initiatives such as [wikipedia] 

Slowfactory experiments in mixing Open Data and Fashion in the goal of finding beauty and poetry making art wearable. Printing bits of galaxies and stars on silk so that you can wrap yourself in the immense beauty of the Universe, feel one with the Universe. 

If we are reminded of the beauty that surrounds us, would that make us more kind?


Photography by Julia C Vona Make Up and Hair by Cynthia Christina Cadieux

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Curiosity was launched to Mars, Slowfactory was launched online

by Celine Semaan Vernon

Hello World! Slowfactory was launched!

Launch early, as they say! This is why we are launching our store feeling a little shy about the whole thing as we are still tweaking the code, and finishing writing about the project. This site will be updated very often! We are a small team and work in close collaboration with many artists to come up with our unique fashion swag. We are redirecting our .com to shopify for now as we are experiencing some technical issues that soon will be fixed. So this is a pre-launch. An enthusiastic and super exciting pre-launch!

You can pre-order your unique scarves now! 

Hi, I am Celinecelines and I run

This idea of printing Hubble images from Nasa Goddard's Flickr account came to me a few years ago.

imagine this image printed on a silk scarf #hermes style… "wear the beauty of the univers"

— celinecelines (@celinecelines) December 16, 2011

So I tweeted the idea. And went back to a wireframe or a design and continued my work. A few months / years went by, and I had never forgotten about it.

I love Les carrés d'Hermès. I try to collect them. I consider them as art pieces. Each one tells a particular story, and they are all made in collaboration with other artists. I love that about Hermès. The scarves are made in small quantities and are considered collectables.

The first Collection Slowfactory will present in its online boutique / gallery is a series of scarves made from Nasa Hubble images. The license on the images is under Creative Commons CC-By and since I am a Creative Commoner to the soul, I always wanted to create a wearable experience.

Next week we are going to probably go in fashion shooting mode and launch our look book! I'm so excited about this first in a series of cool collaborations of mixing science and fashion in a spirit of openness and beauty.

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