Bespoke Bodies: The Design & Craft of Prosthetics

Start Date

February 15, 2018

End Date

May 9, 2018


Featured in the Portland Tribune, KOIN 6 NewsOregon Public Broadcasting, and 3D Print

Bespoke Bodies: The Design and Craft of Prosthetics

Free Exhibit by Design Museum Foundation
On View: Feb 15 – May 9, 2018
Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at PNCA
511 NW Broadway, Portland, OR (entrance on the west side of the building, near Park Ave)
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 11:00am – 6:00pm

Advancements in medicine, robotics, and 3D-printing have transformed the intersection between the human body and technology. For the researchers and innovators around the world working to improve the field of prosthetics, design plays a critical role in humanizing new technology, allowing people to integrate devices into their lives — not only functionally, but aesthetically as well.

Bespoke Bodies: The Design & Craft of Prosthetics is a major exhibition and education program by Design Museum Foundation. From sculpting ocular prostheses to crowdsourcing affordable 3D printed hands, this exhibition surveys the past, present, and future of prosthetic design on a global scale. Case studies featuring real stories from professional athletes, veterans, kids learning to live with limb difference, and more consider the contemporary world of prosthetic design from both a functional and aesthetic perspective. Visitors will explore the evolution and design process behind a range of prostheses through visual stories, historical surveys, videos, and interactive models. Over 35 case studies — spanning DIY-inventions to the development of mind-controlled bionic limbs—tell the stories behind the patients, clinicians, designers, and artists changing how we think about the impact of design, and ultimately, the future of our mobility.

Portland’s Bespoke Bodies: The Design & Craft of Prosthetics program is in partnership with PNCA and made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Program Events

Opening Reception
February 15 • 5:00-9:00pm
5:00 pm • Members & Invite-Only Preview & Curator Tour
6:00 pm • Public Opening Reception
Get the first look at Bespoke Bodies, complete with food, drink, and your fellow design enthusiasts!

First Thursdays Open House
March 1, April 5, May 3 • 6:00-8:00pm 
Join us every First Thursday for an open house, complete with refreshments and exhibition tours!

UNITE: Human Tech Connect, Panel Discussion
March 8 • 6:00-8:00pm
A panel of experts discuss the importance of the human relationships in the field of prosthetics.

Viewing Party: Paralympics Opening Ceremonies
March 9 • 6:00-9:00pm
Join us to celebrate the opening of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games!

Workshop: Hand Built Hands
April 7 • 10:00am-12:00pm
Bring the whole family to build 3D-printed prosthetic hands for those in need.

Design Week Open House
April 17 • 6:00-8:00pm 
Celebrate Design Week with us! We’ll have an open house with refreshments and exhibit tours.

VIP Dinner with Dr. Albert Chi and Johnny Matheny
April 24 • 6:00-9:00pm 
Join this one-of-a-kind dinner with prosthetics legend Dr. Chi and his patient Johnny, who sports the most technologically advanced prosthetic arm in the world.


All events will be held at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, 511 NW Broadway.

Exhibit Preview


Superhero Arm
Aidan Robinson, Coby Unger, and KIDmob

Lauren Scruggs
Founder, Lauren Scruggs Kennedy Foundation

Hanger Clinic
Orthotic & Prosthetic Services

Project Unicorn
Jordan Reeves 

Sarah Reinertsen and Flex-Run™ with Nike Sole 
Össur & Nike

ReMotion Knee

i-limb® quantum
Touch Bionics by Össur

Kaylee Dougherty
Ocularist and Anaplastologist, Boston Ocular Prosthetics

Accessible 3D Printed Prosthetics

The Third Thumb Project
Dani Clode

Stereo Leg
Viktoria Modesta & The Alternative Limb Project

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Lead Image: ‘Synchronised’ Prosthetic Arm by Dani Clode and Sophie de Oliveira Barata
Courtesy of Alternative Limb Project