The Design & Craft of Prosthetics
As prostheses gain in functionality, they also become more complex. Design plays a critical role in humanizing technology, allowing users to integrate devices into their lives.
Bespoke Bodies is a major, traveling exhibition program exploring the relationship between craft, design, material, and the human body through tactile objects, case studies, user stories, design process, historical references, and future concepts. The exhibition considers traditional artificial limbs as well as the broad range of physical, aesthetic, and cognitive human enhancements. Advancements in medicine, robotics, sensors, 3D-printing, and more have transformed what’s possible for people living with limb loss and limb difference.
The exhibition surveys the past, present, and future of prosthetic design including passive, body-powered, electric, and biomechanical devices — along with advances in regeneration, transplant, and implant procedures. We’ve partnered with thought leaders and organizations driving prosthetic innovation for veterans returning from conflict, athletes, and everyday users.
There’s something for everyone in Bespoke Bodies, great technical information, aesthetic content, design process; a wonderful exhibit.”
This show is deeply inspirational. For those of us coping with limb loss, it makes me feel less alone and more remembered.”
I’ve never seen a collection like this before—the history of prosthetics timeline alone is an amazing resource. The personal and design stories in the exhibit are so astounding.”
|200 Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117, USA|
AUG 16 – OCT 10, 2021
Plan Your Visit
- Free & Open to the Public*
- Joseloff Gallery at the University of Hartford
- 200 Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford, CT
- Hours: 12–6pm, Monday–Thursday &
- Parking: visitors can park on any marked Visitor Parking on campus, and proceed to the Joseloff Gallery, centrally located at the Harry Jack Gray Center.
*Subject to COVID-19 guidelines