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Hands of X

is a project exploring radical material choices in prosthetic hands.

Our SS18 collection of hands draws on a palette of everyday materials, each familiar and understated, yet rich in associations. We are challenging the dominant prosthetic material palettes of 'realistic' pink plastics and cyborg-like carbon fibre with leathers, woods, acetates, felts and metals.

Every hand will be made to order. Wearers can prototype their hand in-shop, trying different material combinations before making a final specification. We use flexible fabrication technologies to make each hand from the specified materials in the correct size, working with a network of makespaces and manufacturers.

We are inspired by materials-led clothing and footwear labels like Universal Works and Camper, and the Supernormal design philosophy of Jasper Morrison, Naoto Fukasawa and Muji.

In July and September we piloted our in-shop service with a trial of our Spring Summer 2018 collection, at Cubitts eyewear in Kings X, and a dedicated shop space in Glasgow's East end.

A diverse collection of wearers and non-wearers, fashion designers, prosthetics professionals and artists each joined us for a 30 minute one-to-one appointment to explore materials and finishes from the collection, before specifying and trying their hand design

More images and writing on Hands of X will follow as a book. In the meantime, we'd be delighted to hear from you


Hands of X is a collaboration between DJCAD at University of Dundee and Institute of Making at UCL, supported by RCUK.