Dr Jenny Tillotson contributed an extremely interesting talk in the Department as part of the Cambridge Alumni Weekend. 'Scentsory Design for Fashion and Lifestyle' attracted over 80 alumni from different disciplines, including mathematicians and lawyers! The talk was introduced by Professor Nigel Slater, our new HoD as from 1 October 2010. The audience was very impressed by Jenny's talk delivery and her professionalism. Attendees had the chance to ask many relevant questions and to view prototypes that she had on display. Among those, Jenny's mum, who had never listened to her daughter talk in public, was very impressed by it all and really proud to stand at the front row.
Jenny is a Senior Research Fellow in the sensory, aroma and medical field in Fashion & Textiles Design at the Innovation Centre at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, directing the Scentsory Design(r) initiative. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and an Associate of the British Society of Perfumery. She is an artist and designer who invents clothes with computerised scent-output systems worn on the body for health, wellbeing and drug delivery applications.
She is also acknowledged as a visionary in the field of Scentsory Design (r), which concerns the relationship between aromas and emotional wellbeing. She began researching new imaginative ways in which fashion is communicated creatively in the media, focusing on smell and the impact it has on our health and wellbeing. Her aim is to introduce interactive smell technology to the forefront of sensory design. She specialises in smell but works with all senses to create 'scentsitive' clothing, jewellery, shoes and books that offer a new platform for psychological wellbeing.
Jenny is busy juggling many different projects at the moment, she is currently working with members of the Electro-Chemistry group led by Dr Adrian Fisher and also a Visiting Scholar at the Department's Institute of Biotechnology working with Professor Chris Lowe on a 'MEMs in Hems Project', which has been submitted to an RCUK Project Competition. This involves micro-electro mechanical and timed-controlled scentsory system in hemlines, which delivers fragrance on-demand.
We are very grateful to Jenny for her contribution and her valuable research collaboration with CEB academics. We wish her the best in future endeavours and in the 'dire' task of raising funds for her projects in the fashion industry, which is worth an amazing £21 billion to the UK economy!
Finally, we would also like to welcome other Department academics interested in contributing a talk next September to come forward and identify themselves to Elena Gonzalez in the future.