What is the Slow Making Lab?

The Slow Making Lab is a collaborative workspace for textile research, experimentation, and sharing. It’s a space to create projects that deepen our relationship to our heavily manufactured world, while encouraging hand and machine skills, for greater self-sufficiency. Programming includes workshops, artist residencies, events, classroom and site visits for educators (k-12 and post-secondary).

Emily Smith’s passion for textiles and maker culture has led her to connect with artists and communities, as well as traditional tools and techniques used in textile production including processing flax to linen, spinning wool, felting, backstrap weaving, embroidery and tinkering with victorian sock knitting machines and antique looms.

As an educator at LaSalle College and SFU, Smith emphasizes hands-on learning to build a personal connection to the lifecycle of textiles. Her students discover a process that provides much more than the garment itself.

Interested in collaborating, attending a workshop, or classroom visit? I’d love to hear from you!

If you’d like to hear updates, follow me on instagram @randomactsofmaking.


Located at the Pace Fabric Lab, 520 Alexander Street