The Slow Grind Returns With Issue Two

by SHOWstudio on 5 December 2023

Following up on fashion's favourite pandemic release, The Slow Grind: Finding Our Way Back to Creative Balance, Georgina Johnson is back with her new book, anchored in 'Practising Hope and Imagination'.

Following up on fashion's favourite pandemic release, The Slow Grind: Finding Our Way Back to Creative Balance, Georgina Johnson is back with her new book, anchored in 'Practising Hope and Imagination'.

Cast your mind back to 2020, the year of the pandemic. Society stopped in its tracks as every industry came tumbling down like dominoes, fashion included.

Asking what a sustainable, slow-paced future looks like, Georgina Johnson's The Slow Grind: Finding Our Way Back to Creative Balance offered up a solution to everyone's creative balance being thrown off kilter via a careful curation of essays and think pieces by the likes of stylist Ib Kamara and designer Bethany Williams, all of which mused on a more sustainable and inclusive industry. Three years on and Johnson hasn't tired of her mission, as proven by her latest release: The Slow Grind: Practising Hope and Imagination.

The Slow Grind: Practising Hope and Imagination by Georgina Johnson

'This time, we engage in the project of relearning the importance of hope and imagination', notes the title's press release. 'Presenting visions that assert these as principles that require the re-enchanting of our minds and the lighting of a kinetic force within our molecular bodies. This book focuses on radical ecology, the power of art as a memory keeper, and the poetics of creativity as a necessary antidote to the fear and anxiety we are all feeling in the face of multiple crises.'

Moving beyond what Western society deems 'sustainable', Johnson's The Slow Grind series draws on race and mental health to present a view on intersectional environmentalism, presenting an exercise in illustrating how creative communities can impact socio-political change; The Slow Grind: Practising Hope and Imagination is no exception.

The Slow Grind: Practising Hope and Imagination by Georgina Johnson

'Being in an industry that's so fast-paced, you forget to take care of yourself, and I feel like your self-esteem and your confidence are things that get ground down when you lack care, intimacy, care, passion and empathy, not only for yourself but for the people around you', Johnson told SHOWstudio in 2020.

Featuring contributions from various writers, editors, gardeners and makers, The Slow Grind is an essential handbook for slowing down and letting go of old values - principles that are essential when placed in the context of an industry that's protested against change for too long.

Purchase here.

The Slow Grind: Practising Hope and Imagination by Georgina Johnson

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