The pandemic made fashion stop in its tracks, putting physical fashion weeks on pause and acknowledging a system which wasn't and isn't working; but what does a sustainable, slow-paced future really look like for the industry, and is it attainable? First published in 2020, The Slow Grind: Finding Our Way Back to Creative Balance is an anthology of think pieces, essays and conversations which endeavour to redefine and rediscover creative balance.
Devising an intersectional conversation on mental health advocacy and psychology, climate activism and social justice, the sell-out book is now entering its second print. Featuring a new insert containing British luxury brand Mulberry's Made to Last manifesto on creating a circular and low impact production model, the carbon emissions from the publication will be offset via an afforestation project in Nicaragua.
Moving beyond the Western-centric definition of 'sustainability' as referring only to global warming, Johnson's anthology draws on race and mental health to present a view on intersectional environmentalism. The Slow Grind is an exercise in illustrating how creative communities can impact socio-political change.
'This book explores larger questions that relate to the condition of our world, the makeup of our cultural industries and the future of our communities - human and non-human. This is an invitation. One that hopes to encourage the process of recovery through unlearning', a press statement outlines.
Johnson adds, ‘It is our legacies that shape history.’
Featuring contributions from designer Bethany Williams, photographer Campbell Addy, stylist Ib Kamara and journalist Tamsin Blanchard, together with biotechnologists and activists, The Slow Grind is an essential handbook of which the fashion industry should take note.