Prosthetic limbs can be technological works of art, but they’re not usually fun. Sure, Alexander McQueen made a spectacular pair of hand-carved prosthetic legs for Aimee Mullins, but people who aren’t famous models with designer best friends need prosthetics too. So an awesome product design student has developed a line of designer prosthetics with changeable, decorative covers so wearers can play around with their medical accessories.
“I think I have created a way of having fun with prosthesis,” said Jonathan Bradshaw in an interview with Express. “You can wear different covers for different occasions.”
Bradshaw was inspired by his friend Amy Bosley, a 24-year-old whose leg had to be amputated due to degenerative disease. She said she thought his project was “a stroke of genius” and loaned Bradshaw her own prosthetic leg to test designs on.
Bradshaw’s system involves a series of snap-on covers for prostheses, which allow people to change the colors and patterns of the limbs without negatively affecting the performance in any way.
“I spent a long time researching how to improve the aesthetic appeal of prosthetic limbs without adding cost or weight,” he said.
Prosthetics are often designed with a utilitarian aesthetic, which tends to distress younger people who are already dealing with the stress of needing prosthetic limbs in the first place.
“While it may not be important for everyone I found that a lot of people felt that it was something that could be improved,” said Bradshaw of the look of many prosthetic limbs.
“I wanted to help redefine the artificial limb as less of a medical item and more of a consumer item,” he said. “I also wanted to create something that people would actually want to and enjoy using.”
Via Express/Photo: Facebook/Nottingham Trent University