Our hyper-accelerated world has impacted the way we live, work, and create. How might we use design as a tool for care, and reimagine a more equitable and sustainable future? Join designer, writer, and curator Georgina Johnson, editor of The Slow Grind: Finding Our Way Back to Creative Balance, for an interactive two-session workshop, where we will unpack this idea through the lens of race and wellbeing, intersectional environmentalism, equity, and psychological safety. 

This is a two-session workshop. Throughout the workshops, participants will co-produce a digital or physical zine and be invited to explore Cooper Hewitt’s Design and Healing exhibition.  Aspiring designers welcome! 

Suggested Materials: 

  • Pen or Pencil
  • Paper or notepad
  • Collage material such as old magazines or paper scrap 

Guest Designer

Georgina Johnson is a polymath by naturean artist, writer, designer, and curator dedicated to transforming our creative ecologies. Since graduating with first class honors from LCF in Womenswear and Pattern Cutting, Johnson has gone on to engage with disciplines that reach far beyond the practice in which she began. She has completed artist commissions for The Photographers’ Gallery, Now Gallery and The V&A (2017-2018); exhibited with The National Museums Scotland (2019); and was nominated by The British Council and The Design Museum as one of 10×10 2018. As a commentator and thinker, she has contributed to panels with SHOWstudio, Fashion Revolution, and Amsterdam Art Weekend and has been profiled by an array of publications including Creative Review, Garage Magazine, i-D, and British Vogue. Johnson is a singular and rare voice in our creative industries for the way she refuses the status quo, prioritizing shifting the paradigm over surface level or individual progress alone. By bringing her embodied experiences to the table, she cultivates tools for examining our culture and mapping out healed futures hand in hand with a constellation of innovative individuals. 




Take your design skills to the next level with help from renowned artists and designers. During the two-session program, dive into a designers’ practice, get to know fellow makers, brainstorm new ideas, and receive feedback on your designs.  

The Studio Series program aims to foster meaningful dialogue between emerging and established designers, breaking down barriers to access through free, virtual programming. 

No prior experience in design required. Recommended for ages 16+.


This free program will feature a hands-on workshop hosted through Zoom, with the option to dial in. Details will be emailed to you upon registration. This program includes closed captioning. For general questions or if we can provide additional accessibility services or accommodations to support your participation in this program, please email us at CHEducation@si.edu or let us know when registering. 

Studio Series is made possible with major support from Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation and The Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation. Generous support is also provided by Adobe and The Hirsch Family Foundation.