February 28, 2018

Hands of X is a project exploring radical material choices in prosthetic hands. 

Riina O had the honor of being involved in this extremely exciting project as the leather specialist, during last one and a half years. In collaboration with the University of Dundee and Institute of Making we researched the ways to improve the user friendliness of the hands prosthetic by offering more organic materials, working directly with the users.
The SS18 collection of hands draws on a palette of everyday materials, each familiar and understated,
yet rich in associations. The traditional prosthetic materials are challenged with leathers, woods, acetates, felts and metals.

Additionally, this is also an experience design, as each hand will be made to order. Wearers can combine their own prosthetic hand mixing and matching different material combinations, as if they were playing with the Lego blocks.

The in-shop service was initially piloted at Cubitts eyewear in Kings X, London.
 

The prototypes have rece...

February 22, 2018

It´s been nearly a month since Riina O travelled all the way to New York to teach the glove making workshop at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Those were 4 days fully packed with students´ enthusiasm, commitment and laughter. 
In four days the students got to know about the history of gloves, practice different stitches on the gloving leather, adjust the standard glove pattern to their own size and made the first prototype glove.

It is safe to say this was one of the most fun-packed workshops so far. I miss you bunch already!

New York, I hope we´ll see again soon...

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