|Type of Research:||Art/Design Item|
|Creators:||Storey, Helen and Ryan, Tony and Belford, Patricia|
|Group or Collective Creators:||DED Associates, Interface, University of Ulster|
Since 2005 scientist Professor Tony Ryan, University of Sheffield, and artist and designer Professor Helen Storey, London College of Fashion, have worked together to create real solutions for a more sustainable world.
Wonderland is a powerful and collaborative project of shared ideas, symbolic of change, it began with a provocative question posed by Helen to scientist Tony Ryan.
The Disappearing Dresses were the result of a process that started when Helen began talking to Tony, a polymer chemist. Using the symbols of the dissolving dress and other works that have arisen as a result of the collaboration, Wonderland shines light on the wider and much greater issues of sustainability and ethical living. A work perhaps vulnerable to cynicism, it demands and suggests intelligent change through brave collaboration and experiment.
The Wonderland exhibition brought together the worlds of art and science. By working together, Ryan and Storey have been able to use their different backgrounds to spark new ideas on the application of science and discover practical solutions to current ethical issues.
The Original tour:
To date three new and potentially globally important concepts have evolved out of the collaboration between Helen Storey and Tony Ryan. These were exhibited as part of the Wonderland exhibition.
In the simplest terms these are:
Water purification products: In the third world the most readily available source of power is human muscle. The water purification products use reverse osmosis and human energy to create clean from contaminated water.
Free Feet: This is a 'second skin' for the underside of the foot; a running shoe with no uppers. It is moulded from a polymer and has adhesive patches at the heel, ball of foot and big-toe. The commercial potential is four-fold (1) medical device for people with sensitive and swollen feet who cannot wear conventional shoes (2) orthopedic device to encourage good posture through effectively walking barefoot (3) foot protection for people who normally do not wear shoes and suffer from skin damage and infection as a result (4) fashion. This product is being developed in collaboration with Terraplana Ltd.
This unique exhibition was first shown in 2008 - 2009 in a showcase of talent, imagination and creativity. It toured from London, to a city-wide event in Sheffield and then to Belfast.
Tony and Helen comment:
Nick Knight and SHOWstudio worked with Helen and Tony to create films and a series of images. http://showstudio.com/project/wonderland/fashion_film
The ‘Disappearing Dresses’ went on to appear at the Royal Academy of Art, London as part of the AWARE exhibition in 2010 and then on to tour Europe as part of the Futurotextiles exhibition between 2010 -12.
|Additional Information (Publicly available):||
A talk by Helen Storey titled, Wonderland and Beyond - Celebrating the Imagination Festival, Rook Lane Chapel Bath Street Frome, Somerset BA11 1DN
Wonderland at 100% Design
Wonderland project at Sainsburys
|Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed:||3D design, textiles, fashion, sculpture, performance fashion, chemistry, collaboration, dresses, polymer, ethical living, sustainability|
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Research Centres/Networks > Centre for Sustainable Fashion|
|Copyright Holders:||Helen Storey Foundation|
|Funders:||Arts & Business Initiative, Arts Council, ESPRC, London College of Fashion / University of the Arts London|
|Related Websites:||http://www.helenstoreyfoundation.org/, http://www.wonderland-sheffield.co.uk/, http://interface.rehabstudio.co.uk/, http://www.polymercentre.org.uk/, http://showstudio.com/project/wonderland, http://vimeo.com/45562695, http://www.wonderland-belfast.co.uk, http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions/gsk-contemporary-season-2010/exhibition/video-page,347,MA.html, http://www.lille3000.eu/lille3000/uk/event.php?id=23&nom=FUTUROTEXTILES, http://showstudio.com/project/wonderland/fashion_film, http://showstudio.com/project/wonderland/time_lapse_film|
|Projects or Series:||Wonderland|
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|Date Deposited:||04 Aug 2008 14:30|
|Last Modified:||04 Sep 2015 19:28|
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