Bespoke Bodies

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craft, design, material, and the human body through tactile objects, case studies, user stories, design process, historical references, and future concepts.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.

 

On View Aug 16 – OCT 10, 2021
Joseloff Gallery at the University of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford, CT 

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There’s something for everyone in Bespoke Bodies, great technical information, aesthetic content, design process; a wonderful exhibit.”

Michael DiTullo Founder & Chief Designer, Michael DiTullo

This show is deeply inspirational. For those of us coping with limb loss, it makes me feel less alone and more remembered.”

Anonymous Exhibition Visitor

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.”

Wilson Smith, Design Director, Nike Footwear and University of Oregon Professor of Adaptive Design

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Bespoke Bodies
200 Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117, USA

AUG 16 – OCT 10, 2021

Joseloff Gallery
200 Bloomfield Ave
West Hartford, CT 06117

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Bespoke Bodies

The Design & Craft of Prosthetics

As prostheses gain in functionality, they also become more complex. Design plays a critical role…

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