Designing sugar-based products that will help humans survive drought
MA MATERIAL FUTURES at CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS
UCL CENTRE FOR NANOTECHNOLOGY & REGENERATIVE MEDICINE
Art Direction • Copywriting • Design Research • Product Design • Scientific Research • Scientific 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 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.
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
WITH THANKS TO:
MA Material Futures
Caroline Till / Kieren Jones / Amy Congdon / Philippa Wagner / Professor Carole Collet
UCL @ Royal Free Hospital
Professor Alexander Seifalian / Dr. Achala de Mel
CSM Knit Department
Rodney Wilson / Julia Banks