‘For me it’s always about collaboration and the more extreme the better… I find that when we only work in very narrow fields of knowledge or ambition around ideas, it takes colliding opposites working together to come up with something that’s entirely new.’ Helen Storey
Helen Storey is an award winning, innovative fashion designer and professor at University of the Arts London, in Fashion and Science. She combines these two disciplines to create work that blends the boundaries between art, fashion and science.
Her work has a sustainable focus, which is particularly evident in her latest projects Catalytic Clothing and Wonderland. Through collaboration with scientist Tony Ryan, Helen Storey has been able to use their different backgrounds to present new ideas in the application of science and discover practical solutions to current ethical issues. Imaginative collaboration between different disciplines is important to her working process.
Catalytic Clothing is a laundry product, which uses nanotechnology to purify the air around us. After a wash, the product will stay on your clothes and react with oxygen and UV light, to clean the air you breath.
Another project, Wonderland, is the result of another collaboration with Tony Ryan. Their work examines plastic packaging and explores new approaches to its use and disposal.
The Wonderland tour began in London on January 29th 2008, opened in Sheffield on June 18th and then travelled to Belfast 8th October – 8th November. Please see the Wonderland web site and the Education pages for more information.
ShowStudio have now archived the Wonderland project alongside a fantastic reference of Helen Storey’s fashion career, press and media and the story of how the Helen Storey Foundation came to be. See the ShowStudio archive page
Other inspirational projects include, Primitive Streak, comprising of 27 pieces of textiles and dress that take the viewer through the first 1,000 hours of human life, from fertilisation to the recognisable human form. A double award-winning project, Primitive Streak has toured in 7 countries since 1997 and has been seen by 5 million people.
Helen storey’s work echoes the very ethos of the Interalia Magazine: she is an imaginative collaborator who creates ground-breaking innovations, through the coming together of opposites.
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