After we saw recent innovations for actually available and tangible, achievable and obtainable art for prosthetic limbs that really looks cool, that type of expression now starts to expand. One recently founded project is Bespoke Innovations. And then there is GTOPI.
And now there is a British mask and silicone artist named Sophie de Oliveira Barata, who also offers her work for prosthetic limbs.
Her website is called "The Alternative Limb Project" and her work, particularly the "alternative limb" section, contains very cool design and interesting attitudes.
(C) Copyright Sophie de Oliveira Barata
Kiera Roche,who is wearing the flower leg (see image below) wrote about this:
My attitude to being an amputee and wearing an artifical limb has changed with time. To begin with one is very aware of being different, of being disfigured, but as time moves on one adjusts and changes perspective. In the first few years my focus was on trying to be normal, wearing clothes that hid the fact that I was an amputee, but over the years I have become more comfortable with who I am and I now embrace having different legs for different activities and different occasions.
I think we all aspire to belong and to be normal. I believe my attitude changed when I started pushing the boundaries physically through personal challenges, such as cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats and hiking in Cuba.
I realised that my positive attitude to my ability could and should be translated into a positive attitude towards my physical appearance. I love wearing the leg that Sophie designed for me, although at first, the same fear of being different does enter your head, but it's different in a positive way.
It's personal, it's a fashion statement not a political statement, and I love that. I've had an incredible response to the leg from other amputees and able-bodied people. I just wish I had more opportunities to wear it. I need to go to more parties!
I think that losing a limb has a massive impact on one's self esteem and body image. Having a beautifully crafted limb designed for you makes you feel special and worthy. Attending a photo shoot, having your hair and make-up done by a professional is a wonderful experience and rebuilds self confidence and self esteem. It's something that I think could help new amputees in coming to terms with their loss.