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Trehalose Artefacts is about enhancing human survival during drought using trehalose, a natural sugar that protects cells from dehydration. It explores how trehalose-based products may be developed to enable humans to live on less water by reducing water loss through skin surfaces.
The project is focuses on two solutions: a range of skincare products, where different concentrations of trehalose are available for a variety of user needs and micro-encapsulated clothing, where the sugar is embedded in fabric and delivered to the skin when required. These are used along with e-tattoos which track hydration levels and inform users when they may need to reapply.
The project film TretSk1n Stories contextualises the use of these products by framing them within scenarios from everyday life.
Trehalose Artefacts was created in collaboration with the UCL Centre for Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine. Click here for the thesis and here for an overview of the laboratory experiments we carried out.
Model: Jewel Tai
Makeup: Adama Jatta
Photography: Ben Pendlebury