DR JENNY TILLOTSON FRSA PhD (RCA)
Sensory Designer - Entrepreneur - Design Researcher - Mental Health Campaigner
Dr Jenny Tillotson is a Sensory Design Researcher, Entrepreneur and the driving force behind eScent. She is a named inventor on multiple patents owned by Sensory Design & Technology, her company founded with Prof Andreas Manz (a pioneer of microchip technology).
She is currently a member of TechHub and participant on the SimDH (Digital Health) Accelerator at London Southbank University. She is also a member of Cambridge Neuroscience, Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and an Associate of the British Society of Perfumers. She is an alumnus of The Transformative Technology Academy, Google Campus for Mums, Pitch@Palace and the Cambridge University Judge Business School.
Jenny was previously a Reader in “Sensory Fashion” in the School of Fashion & Textiles at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London (2001-2015) and a member of Professor Chris Lowe's healthcare Biotechnology Group at the University of Cambridge (2009-2017). She established a world-class interdisciplinary practice and theory-based researcher in ‘emotional fashion’, textiles, wellbeing and sustainability. She is recognized nationally and internationally as the driving force behind a new movement she has pioneered called Scentsory Design which resulted in several awarded patents and awards funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council. This exists at the cross-over of three main disciplines: the developing knowledge and utilisation of nanotechnology and ‘miniaturisation', the science of smell and how it affects the brain, and thirdly the field of design-led wearable technology for the treatment of psychological conditions.
In 1991 she graduated from BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion at Central Saint Martins. Her tutor was Sally Brampton (author, journalist, mental health campaigner) who influenced a career path towards 'sensory fashion' in the early 1990's, initiated by her multi-sensory WONDER book. Jenny then went on to be a fashion stylist in the media, assisting Debbi Mason (co-founder of British Elle, former Fashion Editor of American Vogue) and in TV/music industries and the healthcare sector. She received a PhD in Printed Textiles from the Royal College of Art in 1997 ('Interactive Olfactory Surfaces' Textiles The Wellness Collection - A Science Fashion Story) by developing novel ways of projecting emotion and ‘the senses’, through new channels and stories, beyond the arena of traditional textiles. She went on to work for Charmed Technology, a spinout from the MIT Media Lab Wearable Computing group founded by Professors Thad Starner and Sandy Pentland.
Over the past eighteen years, she has become an authoritative expert in Scentsory Design, which she is now commercializing. She is applying novel ways to create fashion, textiles and interactive structures that release scent on demand, founded on a strong design awareness to meet people’s needs. Her interest in ‘emotional fashion' originally came from offering emotional support to people living with HIV/AIDS and mental health illnesses. Armed with a strong vision to create interactive ‘wellness’ fabrics that offered support through healing scents, she is fusing emerging technologies with the ancient art of perfumery, to create something that is revolutionary and ground-breaking. Her belief is that this research will radically change the way people will choose to wear, apply and use low solvent-based fragrances in the 21st century.
Jenny has won numerous awards with eScent. In 2018, eScent won the ISOMER Capital award at the Leave A Nest Demo Day. eScent was also recognised as one of 100 UK creative pioneers leading the way in using tech to develop new products at CREATECH 2018 (led by the Creative Industries Council) and was profiled as one of 150 businesses in the Longevity Industries in the UK (Deep Knowledge Analytics Report: Landscape Overview 2018). eScent also reached the TransTech200 Class of 2017 "Up & Coming" List for developing science-based research, applications and products that significantly increase mental and emotional wellbeing. eScent won BEST INNOVATION at the Wearable Technology Show 2016 and was a finalist in the 'Top 500' Wellbeing & Beauty startup challenge at the Hello Tomorrow Global Summit 2016.
Jenny was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship in 2013. This explored an ongoing emotional fashion project to develop stress management biofeedback tools using the power of essential oils. Her involvement has primarily been in the high-value fragrance sector and area of digital health solutions, with a particular focus on leveraging disparate data sources to discover more accurate health-related correlations.
Jenny has consulted for NIKE, Unilever, INTEL, Qualcomm, Toyota and worked on projects with Philips Research, International Flavours & Fragrances; Olfacom; Pandora Ltd; ScentCommunication (Aerome); Cambridge Consultants; Steve Temple; The North Face (VF Corporation); Textile Futures Research Centre (University of the Arts London); Slim Barrett Jewellery Artist; Adeline André haute couture; Kim Lahiri, Simple Essentials; Marc Rolland (Thierry Mugler, Brunello Cucinelli, Salvatore Ferragamo); Dr George Dodd; Professor Ghassan Jabbour; Arizona State University; EG Technology; Epigem; Professor Tim Jacob, Cardiff University; Imperial College London; The Perfume Society; Anglia Ruskin University; Goldsmiths University of London and Scentee mobile device; London College of Fashion (Fashion Psychology), Institute for Analytical Sciences; KIST Europe (The Human Document Project); Steve McIntrye; Ben Hughes; Fraser Geesin; Don Baxendale Jewellery; Design London; Royal College of Art; Limetools Ltd; Sok Fok Studio; British Society of Perfumers; Lyndsay Williams; Northumbria University; University of the Creative Arts; London Fusion; Wendy Latham; Watson Marlow; Judge Business School; ELLE magazine; Daily Telegraph and Nine Degree Products.
Inspired by key references in science fiction (Philip.K.Dick, J.G.Ballard, A.Huxley) and her Lever Tillotson family heritage in 19th century printing (Tillotsons & Sons), fused with life-enhancing wellbeing (Lever Bros), she has presented her work at design, science/tech conferences, future visionary events, exhibitions, museums, fashion shows, published in science, perfumery design journals and been featured in countless press articles and books.