Catalytic Clothing explores the use of an existing nano technology in an entirely new context, combining the power of science and art to tackle a global challenge. Air pollution is currently expected to reduce the life expectancy of the average UK resident by 7-8 months. Applying an air-purifying photocatalyst to textiles and clothing presents the possibility that each of us can actively contribute to improving the quality of the air we breathe as we go about our daily lives. The efficacy of the technology is only apparent when mass adoption is achieved and so Catalytic Clothing uses art and design to inspire the citizen action that is needed to realise the potential that science offers.
Catalytic Clothing was conceived by artist/designer Helen Storey and chemist Tony Ryan – people from very different disciplines whose shared values and inquisitive minds have come together to create a number of highly acclaimed art/science collaborations.
Catalytic Clothing is a partnership between UAL and The University of Sheffield; the success of the project to date has been thanks to the support of a number of key partners including Ecover and Cristal.