First ELLO Post for Project 2: Prosthesis' Prostheses
I’m sure people could help me if I could ever figure out what I wanted do for this project soon enough. What I should say is “what I can do…” Actually completing this project on time depends on me finding a healthy intersection between what I can technically produce based on my existing skill set, the amount of time and money I have, and what I aesthetically dream of creating. The last one has gotten me into trouble on both this and the previous project.
I started dreaming and drafting for this project waaaay back in early February. I checked out library books from the UF Arts and Architecture Library. I was searching for the secret of 3-D printing somewhere in those tomes. What I found were the fabulous 3-D printed dresses of Iris van Herpen, Materialise, and Nervous System. I have always worn leather (decent-looking pleather) since high school. I think of my leather jackets as a second skin that is tougher and more water-resistant. You can even add spikes if you need protection from daily social interaction. I brainstormed about how a 3-D printed dress might move like fabric or how a jacket might shape shift. I spent countless hours on Google image search and Pinterest. I even went to the Fab Lab to see if it would be possible to print a fully functional hinge because many small, interlocking 3-D printed parts can move fluidly. I inquired about NinjaFlex, a filament that prints flexible objects depending on how much structure holds up the object. The Fab Lab only has white NinjaFlex, so I wanted to know what size filament (3.00mm spool) I would need to purchase red filament.
Once I realized how much money that would cost to print a whole garment, I revised my idea to fit detachable pieces to a jacket. I wanted a hood that could generate heat via USB port through a garment. That would take a bit of circuit wiring skill, so that the plastic would not be compromised in case of a fire. I’ve never been good with fire so I crossed that idea out. After tinkering with materials for my snake’s observatorium, I recognized that I needed to stop trying to mold the last project into this project. (Vincent’s observatorium was never realized in the last project, but I haven't given up yet. I bought some pretty cool things at Lowe’s and spent about $110.) So, I finally sat down and thought about what could be useful to me personally? I like getting Mochi frozen yogurt, but when I have my rolling backpack with me, I can’t eat it on the way to class. I have to sit down and eat it because I don’t care for waffle or sugar cones. They are always stale. If I could design a device that would allow me to use one hand to roll my backpack and use the other hand to both hold the yogurt cup and operate the spoon with the thumb of that hand, that would be great! Thus, the third project #2 concept was born!