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Trehalose Artefacts

Trehalose Artefacts

Trehalose Artefacts

Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design
UCL Centre for Nanotechnology  & Regenerative Medicine

Art Direction / Copywriting / Design Research / Product Design / Scientific Research / Speculative Design

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.

Featured on publications such as LS:N Global, Protein and Disegno, the project was also exhibited as part of The Intelligent Optimist during London Design Festival 2015.


Model: Jewel Tai
Makeup: Adama Jatta
Photography: Ben Pendlebury


With Thanks To:

MA Material Futures

Caroline Till
Kieren Jones
Amy Congdon
Philippa Wagner

UCL @ Royal Free Hospital
Professor Alexander Seifalian
Dr. Achala de Mel

CSM Knit Department
Rodney Wilson
Julia Banks