The Alternative Limb Project is turning heads, and for all the right reasons.
Through the artistic genius of Sophie Oliveira Barata, her bespoke prosthetic design service has enabled amputees to evolve their prosthetics into works of surreal art.
Offering three different prostheses (realistic, surrealist, and unreal), Sophie works with each of her clients to design these special limbs and uses 3D modeling, electronics, and today’s latest technology to create pieces that have been worn from Paralymic athletes to world-class models.
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' Synchronised ' a project by @thealternativelimbproject in collaboration with @daninkx and @jaytaylor87 for model and activist @itskellyknox photographed by @omkaar m-up by @gemmafee_hairandmakeup . Synchronised features ticking wrist to Kelly's heartbeat currently exhibited @kennedycenter #prosthetics #arm #powerdressing #transparent #heartbeat
Sophie is not an amputee herself, but she studied special effects prosthetics for TV and film at university. She was working on ordinary prosthetics when she happened to work with an imaginative little girl that inspired her to push her craft further.
“I started working with a little girl who lost her leg. It was really tragic. She was in a pushchair with her mum and granny when a bus came onto the pavement. The grandma was killed against a wall, the mother had scarring, and the little girl had to have her leg amputated. I saw her every year, because she was growing and needed a new leg. Well, she wanted something a bit different on the leg every time. It started with these little pigs that were riding bicycles and eating ice creams. The next time she wanted a Christmas scene around the top of her leg,” she said.
“Then she wanted all these pictures of her family: her aunty there, and her little dog over there, and her mum, and her brother. I could see that every year she was getting really excited about coming in. And, it wasn’t something she had to do that other people didn’t, it was something she got to do that other people didn’t. It was a nice event for her psychologically. So, she was quite a good inspiration.”
Sophie makes each piece by scratch, which means you’re getting a truly bespoken prosthetic at the end. And for her alternative limbs, she requires a consultation, along with a brainstorming session to form the prototype.
Each prosthesis can take anywhere from one to six months to complete and prices start around US$1,200 (AUS$1,700), depending on how far you push the envelope! You’ve got to follow Sophie on Facebook and Instagram to see her latest creations — the talent on this woman is incredible.
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Love this one of model and disability activist @itskellyknox . A project by #thealternativelimbproject with @daninkx and @jaytaylor87 consisting of transparent laser cut acrylic with gold plated socket with ticking wrist to #heartbeat and removable hand . photographed by @omkaar, hair and m-up by @gemmafee_hairandmakeup
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