skin d.e.e.p. – digital ephemeral epidermal patterns

Year: 2014
Medium: 3D printed exoskeletal jewelry achieved from datasets


{skin}-D.E.E.P. – Digital Ephemeral Epidermal Patterns – Temporary biomimetic skin patterns via wearable 3D printed exoskeletons – aims to mimic the patterns and textures of snakeskin via ephemeral impressions onto human skin.

 Although snakes are without extremities we are applying the exoskeletal jewelry on human’s extremities, the arm, the leg and the neck.

The properties of snakeskin demonstrate a transition from a hard outside to a soft inside, a principal that we try to mimic in our approach,
by using a hard shell for the application of the pattern.

Taking inspiration from shedding snakeskin, we shed the outer layer by removing the superficial prosthesis. The epidermis retains the negative

imprint of the prosthesis mimicking the look of serpent skin. The dermis reestablishes the smooth form of the human skin as it heals itself within the hour, erasing the ephemeral imprint, symbolically representing rebirth and renewal.

Investigating the ephemeral nature of textured patterns on human skin will not by any means provide a solution to an engineering problem, yet will act as a larger philosophical basis to conduct a discussion about the possibilities of blending nature via biomimicry.

{skin} D.E.E.P.-Digital Ephemeral Epidermal Patterns – is graciously supported by The University of Akron Summer Fellowship grant and the Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center at the University of Akron – Biomimicry Collaborative Research Incentive Grant.







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//benitez_vogl, Margarita Benitez and Markus Vogl develop work within a hybrid art praxis since 2000. They question contemporary issues concerning technology, such as exploring the mediation of information in our lives. Their current research explores 3D printing and transformation of the human form with through concepts of biomimicry, the concept of pret-a-faire (ready-to-make) thru generative fashion applications and open source tools for artists.