Glide Guide: An adaptive skating device that provides balance and stability for Marina, who has spastic muscle movements due to a childhood brain injury.
Marina has always enjoyed skating. Born into a skating family, she was a competitive figure skater early on. At age twelve, Marina suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a horseback riding accident, which resulted in spastic muscle movements on the left side of her body. With compromised balance, Marina found skating extremely difficult without the help of a skating walker. Skating walkers are usually designed with the legs directly on the ice, to prevent the skater from sliding out of control or falling, but this has the downside of hindering the skater’s ability to slide and turn. Glide Guide's flat, rounded base is designed to provide stability with its large surface area; to slide freely on the ice; and to rotate for turns. The device is composed of three platforms, each serving a specific purpose: the top to provide a place for Marina’s elbows, the middle to prevent her knees from shooting out in front of her, and the bottom to slide across the ice. A braking mechanism was added to give even more control.
Flux: a wearable art piece designed for Heidi Latsky. The piece is meant to look rigid but moves in a fluid way, reflecting her tough but kind personality.
In interviews Heidi Latsky, who runs the company Heidi Latsky Dance, initially comes across as intense and tough, but she is actually a very kind and “soft” person. The wearable ‘Flux’ incorporates this nuance of her personality, as it looks rigid but moves in a fluid way.
Improvements made to the original version focused on better craftsmanship with regard to durability and attunement to the wearer’s motions. The piece comprises 113 separate pieces that are sewn together with white elastic string to form an organic amoeba-like shape. Each laser-cut piece is made of white corrugated plastic and has mirrored Mylar glued on the top. When Heidi dances, the motion imparted to the pieces creates a ripple-like effect and the mirrored front reflects the surrounding area, giving the impression of motion, even though the individual pieces are rigid.
This piece started in the initial Juxtapose studio and we continued it for Open Innovation because we wanted to make a piece that had better craftsmanship and would move with Heidi’s body in a more fluid way.
Soft Power is a shirt designed for the dancer Hortense to wear in ON DISPLAY, a dance performance in which able-bodied dancers and dancers with disabilities take statue-like poses that show off their wearable artwork. The goal for the "soft" triangles is to convey that though Hortense’s background in Taekwondo can be intimidating, she is still very gentle and sweet. The triangles are made out of felt and are sewn into 3D shapes to visually represent her opposing sides of her personality. The angular the triangles go in a fluid zigzag direction so it cover more of her body. Adjustable straps where also added to let other dancers wear the wearable.