Lucy McRae creates liquid textiles for Robyn

Lucy McRae's incredible body of work straddles the worlds of fashion, technology and the body. She has spent many years architecting nan-technology and bio-tech structures around the body that re-shape the human silhouette. Her work is both fascinating and thought provoking. One of her recent projects was work that started over two years ago generating dynamic textiles made from liquid, air and vapor. The "liquid textile" was then used on set for Robyn's Indestructible music video. The effect is mesmerizing. Here's the making of...

"1.2 kilometres of transparent plumbing tubing was knitted with fishing wire to skin Robyn’s body. 40 litres of glycerol pumps through over a kilometre of tube, powered by drill pumps that connect to valves releasing air intermittently between the liquid. Gradient colors pulse through the tubes at different speeds, the effect is a living, breathing dynamic skin that traverses the landscape of the body.

The Dream Team is Lucy McRae, Barnaby Monk, Mike Pelletier, Sanne Van Wersch, Laetitia Migliore and Amba Molly. Special Thanks to Mandy, Sofie, Froukje, Maaike, Honor, Loes, Ine and Branca. Edited by Ine van den Elsen."

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Electronic tattoos: soon to be a reality?

[gallery]Temporary tattoos may soon be more than a futuristic idea. Scientists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Northwestern University, Tufts University, the Institute of High Performance Computing in Singapore, and Dalian University of Technology in China, are collaborating on ultrathin, self-adhesive electronics that can be worn like a skin tattoo. The skin "stamp" could monitor heart rate, brain waves, and muscle activity without bulky equipment, conductive fluids, or messy glues. Perhaps now we can realize Lucy McRae's SkinTiles done a few years ago for Philips Design.

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Lucy McRae merges fashion, technology and the body


Artist Lucy McRae created this evocative piece titled TransNatural. Trained as a classical ballerina and also as an architect, there's no questions why she is fascinated with the human form and investigates architectural structures and engineering applied to the body.

"TransNatural is an art and design exhibition looking at the crossover between nature and technology. Opening Amsterdam at the TROUW February 19th. Image Lucy McRae. Photo Maarten Willemstein." (source)

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