I started out being surprised by the visual attraction and emotional impact of a primarily artistic (rather than functional) prosthetic arm. I continued to walk in amazement for a while.
Then I tried a simple but very powerful design variation myself – my Red Hand Experiment that started with a mannequin hand that I had painted plain red using glossy acrylic paint. I loved it. I loved the idea of having come up with this myself, of having painted it myself, of having worked on constructing the wrist myself.
Thirdly I feel that I know best what’s good for me in terms of artwork. I may be wrong, obviously – there are far better artists that can draft and showcase prosthetic designs. But they don’t call me, they do not send me their prototypes, let me wear them, they don’t see to it that their designs make it into production – nothing of that kind. Not until recently that is, when Dan started his business. Furthermore, prosthetic artwork is not insurance covered and so price plays a huge role. Otto Bock, Hosmer or TRS do not carry artistically enhanced prosthetic parts – and if they would, I probably could not pay for them.
And so one of the things I consider is doing it myself. Even if other people will never understand it – being able to creatively shape the way I can fill in my own missing part helps greatly to live with it. I find that working on my arm is good just to feel better about it. That creative process feels like a necessary part of healing to me.
So now seems like a good time to look at technical aspects.