The Alternative Limb Project Creates Imaginative Prosthetics For Unique Clients
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Another awesome #alternativelimbproject Feather armour co designed and created by Sophie de Oliveira and @rowena_vickerman for @gracemandeville photographed by @charlotteepstein #prosthetics #identity #freedom #art #fashion #limbs #transhumanism
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Huge thanks to everyone involved! This has by far been the most ambitious prosthetic we've worked on! ? pic.twitter.com/ffDYgnnP0q- altlimbpro (@Altlimbpro) May 18, 2016
The Alternative Limb Project uses various modeling and production methods to create limbs that are either hyper-realistic and indistinguishable from those grown, or completely imaginative and unlike anything anyone has ever seen on a body. From adding practical accessories like pockets, mirrors, and knives, to purely decorative features like porcelain, fake snakes, and even sections to make the limbs look like vines, Sophie de Oliveira Barata turns client consultations into art and helps people express who they really are.
In a TED Talk presentation back in 2015, she discussed how her path led to the project and shared some insight into the design and fabrication process for some of the "aesthetic prosthetics" that have been commissioned over the years. While each creation is different, the common theme is originality, because the only opinion that really matters is the one of the future owner. Several of the prostheses are shown in the slideshow and one of Sophie's clients was also in attendance and joined her on stage, but many more are showcased in a gallery on The Alternative Limb Project's website. "[My clients] are transforming the public perception of amputees and giving other amputees greater confidence about expressing their difference in positive ways," Sophie said. "And that's something that's not defined by absence but I think transformation."
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