|Creators:||Storey, Helen and Ryan, Tony and Belford, Trish|
Perhaps I have been forever interested in how things become or disappear, and far less in what already exists. It was whilst “trying” to read a book about Quantum Mechanics that the idea for this project suggested itself.
Coincidentally at the time I had come to a creative dead end on a packaging design project I was working on. As sometimes happens, seemingly from nowhere, the idea for a “disappearing bottle” suggested itself. A bottle that would have an intelligent relationship with its contents, that would know it was no longer needed when the contents were gone and would shrink or disappear all together. A kind of “drink me – shrink me” conversation.
I heard the voice of Professor Tony Ryan from Sheffield University Chemistry Department on Radio 4’s Material Science programme. He sounded extremely approachable so I rang him after the programme and blurted out my idea. 10 minutes later he suggested I come and visit his colleagues Dr Malcolm Butler and Professor Richard Jones to look around the Polymer labs and recount my idea again.
Since the initial meeting of minds, and with the aid of EPSRC funding, our joint belief that drastic new thinking is required to address today's environmental issues has created four new products - including the disappearing bottle and a revolutionary water purification pillow. Two patents have already been applied for and the future potential is enormous, both in terms of the environment and humanitarian development.
|Type of Research:||Art/Design Item|
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > London College of Fashion|
|Copyright Holders:||Helen Storey Foundation|
|Funders:||Arts & Business Initiative, Arts Council, ESPRC, London College of Fashion / University of the Arts London, Interface / University of Ulster, University of Sheffield, TU at Sainsburys, Sheffield City Council|
|Related Websites:||http://www.helenstoreyfoundation.org/, http://www.wonderland-sheffield.co.uk/, http://interface.rehabstudio.co.uk/, http://www.polymercentre.org.uk/, http://www.showstudio.com/project/wonderland, http://vimeo.com/45562695|
|Related Exhibitions:||Disappearing Dresses, London College of Fashion, 29 Jan - 29 Feb 2008|
|Projects or Series:||Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011)|
|Locations / Venues:|
|Location||From Date||To Date|
|Wonderland in Sheffield: Meadowhall, The Lower Arcade: 'Plastic is Precious' - Five Dresses disappeared over 26 days.
Botanical Gardens, Clarkehouse Road: 'Many small things' - Bottles turned to flowers in the Marnock Garden.
Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate: 'The story unfolds' - Imaginatively inspired floor graphics were installed.
University of Sheffield, 'Thinking off the wall'- Public Information was displayed at the Richard Roberts Building, Brook Hill.||18 June 2008||13 July 2008|
|Wonderland in Belfast: Ormeau Baths Gallery.||07 October 2008||09 November 2008|
|Wonderland in London: London College of Fashion's Gallery Space.||29 January 2008||29 February 2008|
|Deposited By:||Helen Storey|
|Deposited On:||04 Aug 2008 15:30|
|Last Modified:||23 May 2013 17:31|