Helen Storey's Catalytic Clothing

A public experiment between fashion and science - our endeavour to purify the air we breathe.

Catalytic Clothing seeks to explore how clothing and textiles can be used as a catalytic surface to purify air, employing existing technology in a new way. It is the brainchild of artist and designer Prof. Helen Storey MBE and chemist Tony Ryan – people from very different worlds whose minds have come together over recent years in highly successful art/science collaborations.

A series of cultural and art interventions will bring this forthcoming technology into the public domain, seeking to engage you in helping us shape our world for the better.

The exclusive full length version of the film (featuring, and with thanks to, model Erin O’Connor and Radiohead) introduces their public experiment between the worlds of Fashion and Science – this is their endeavour to purify the air we all breathe. 

Catalytic Clothing emerged during Wonderland, which used 'dissolving dresses' to explore new ways to dispose of plastics (seen by 11 million people). Extending this collaborative model, Helen Storey aims to use clothing technology to improve health, and to directly engage the public and industry in its delivery.

For more information on the project visit the Catalytic Clothing website.

Key partners include:

  • Professor Tony Ryan - OBE PVC Faculty for Science - University of Sheffield - Scientist. Role: Lead scientist and advisor on nanotechnology.
  • Phil Waywell - University of Sheffield - Scientific lead on Catalytic Clothing
  • Frank Kelly - Kings College London - Director of the Environmental Research Group. Role: Advisor - Built environment and environmental and child health impact
  • Patricia Belford - Interface, University of Ulster - Textile Designer. Role: Lead investigator, textile technology
  • Ecover

Join us. Shape your world.