Made by Karen Collins, from Naturally Useful, for below-knee amputee Carol. Different types and colours of willow are woven into a beautiful, strong and lightweight shape. The greave embodies the connection to nature by the use of naturally grown materials woven by hand. Carol took part in the weaving of the willow, strengthening the personal connection with the final greave.
Naturally Useful is a willow weaving company based in Rafford, near Forres, Moray. The team use traditional methods to make baskets and other artefacts. Different coloured willows and weaving patterns creates fascinating combinations. The ecologically sustainable business also makes bespoke products from wool, felt and hides.
White Metal & Resin
Made by Roger Milton from Auldearn Antiques, for above-knee amputee Chema. The carefully selected timber highlights the imperfection of the spalted material as its unique character. Spalting occurs due to 'illness' of the tree, and the pattern that it creates is something truly unique to the tree and highly sought after by woodworkers. The beautiful imperfection of the greave signifies the beautiful 'imperfection' of the human body through amputation, creating unity between greave, prosthesis and amputee.
Auldearn Antiques is a renowned place for high quality antiques for over 25 years, offering furniture, decorative items and other accessories. The business, based in Auldearn, near Nairn in the Highlands of Scotland, also restore items and create their own unique pieces of furniture in their on-site workshop.
Pine & Tartan
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The Prosthetic Greaves project aims to deliver a beautiful crafted aesthetic for lower limb prosthesis. For something as personal as a replacement body-part, there is only limited choice for aesthetics that have the same richness as other accessories we chose to surround ourselves with.
Researchers and designers at the Glasgow School of Art worked closely together with artisans and prosthesis users to create a space for co-designing a range of high quality decorative prosthesis covers. We call these covers Greaves, after the traditional piece of decorative armour worn on the shin. The quality of the resulting products reflect years of artisinal practice, and provide a truly unique aesthetic.
The co-design process allowed the artisans and prosthesis users to create their common ground and design elements of the greave that reflects the identity of both. Design templates and components to create a limb shape and fitting the greave to the prosthesis were provided to the artisans, so the focus could be fully on the creative process.
The project evolved at the Glasgow School of Art, Highlands and Islands Campus. We are incredibly grateful to the artisans and prosthesis users for their time, collaboration and positive energy.
Beautiful prosthesis covers
handmade by artisans and co-designed with amputees
We are Jeroen, Tara and Ree, a small team of researchers and designers at the Glasgow School of Art, based at the Highlands and Islands Campus in Forres. Jeroen has always had a passion for prosthesis design, and previously worked on designing a tactile sense for prosthetic hands, as well as a bespoke hook for wall climbing. The first wood and tartan greave he designed led to exploring this project together with talented artisans in the North of Scotland.
Tara has a PhD in psychology and has a strong interest in creating positive experiences for people's wellbeing and involving everyone in the co-design process. She brings a wealth of experience in the psychology of wellbeing as well as the participatory design process.
Ree graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven and brings a strong aesthetic sense for artefacts as well as creating comfortable environments for people to work together and share their experiences leading to the artefact design.
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Made by Scott Gleed, from Gleed 3D, for below-knee amputee Caitlin. Scott combines casting techniques of white metal and crystal clear resin to create a seamless integration of materials. The design of the greave was done by Caitlin to represent her personal style. The front of the greave shows a pattern of fishnet stockings and the rear combines metal and resin to create the seam of the stocking. The rear also has an angular design so it has its own unique shape rather than replicating a human limb.
Gleed3D specialise in model-making, particularly of aquatic models. Scott Gleed is world-renowned for his life-size sharks and rays, and he has many years of experience in making models for international museums and heritage centres. His use of various casting materials and techniques lead to stunning aesthetics.
Made by Jeroen Blom, this greave is made of a Scots pine front with a tartan covered plastic rear. The grain of the pine determines the shape of the cut-line at the rear of the greave, following the natural curve of the calf. The tartan connects the greave design to the Scottish culture and also complements the use of hard material at the front with a soft-touch material at the rear.
This greave was originally made prior to the start of the Prosthetic Greave project, as an exploration into the crafted aesthetic for lower limb prostheses. Jeroen went on to design a method for digitally modelling lower limbs. Based on this method he created skeletal designs and templates that allow artisans with no experience in prosthesis design to fully use their skill in creating unique greaves.