Thursday, May 15, 2014

Fields of Denim

Field of Jeans, Catalytic Clothing at Chelsea College of Art. Image credit: Jon Daughtry

What would you say if I tell you that your pair of jeans can purify the air?

That we can walk around and purify the air that we breathe just with the help of our very own clothing… sounds like science fiction, right?

Well not any more…

Artist and designer professor Helen Storey and scientist professor Tony Ryan have been collaborating on this amazing project that explores how clothing and textiles can be used as a catalytic surface to purify air.
The scientific key is adding Titanium dioxide to the fabric (best used on denim), that, when exposed to lite and air – it reacts and naturalizes harmful pollutants around it.

The idea is that virtually anyone will be able to use this formula on the clothes they wear, by using a laundry additive that is now in development in our own laundry machine, that way we will soon be cleaning the air around us as we walk…

Helen Storey and Trish Belford making 'Herself'. Image credit: Aoife Ludlow

 you are more then welcome to read more at Helen Storey Foundation web site

I think it is so interesting that in some places around the globe, artists and designers are collaborating with science to improve their abilities and collections, in an effort of bettering the environment and the atmosphere around us.
So I guess I was right about textile being the key to saving the world after all… 

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