“My company, the Unseen, creates our own range of clothing, cosmetics and hair products.”
I consider myself a designer and a material alchemist. My company, the Unseen, creates our own range of clothing, cosmetics and hair products.
We have seven employees in our business – including business and commercial experts, designers and chemists.
To me, magic is just science that we don’t understand yet, and this is something that we try and promote.
With the colour change hair dye, we wanted to help young people – girls and boys – express themselves. It came about because I got one of the chemicals that we were using in my hair and I thought it looked good!
People are afraid of complex data and science, but when they are presented with things like colour, they will respond in a very organic way.
Sometimes these products are to monitor a specific aspect of people’s lives, or sometimes they are just for aesthetic or creative purposes…It’s about making things and getting them into people’s hands.
I studied English literature, Photography, Textiles and Chemistry, but I struggled at A-levels. Not because they were academically challenging, but because I was just finding myself. I felt like I was restricted by the subjects I was studying.
I had just learned to drive, we moved from a small country town to a city, and there were so many distractions!
I wanted to be a fashion designer, so I took an art foundation degree and put together a portfolio. I found that was such a great way of learning, because they just put you in a studio and let you go.
I went to university to study textiles, but had to take time out due to illness. When I gained the strength to return to study, I decided I wouldn’t create stuff without a purpose anymore.
I wanted to make things that people would use, so I talked my way in to the chemistry department and started studying materials chemistry.
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