• 2014-2015


    • Exoskeletal Jewelry


    • Snake like skin imprints


    • Printed in PLA


    • Chromed or Copper Plated



Akron Beacon Journal
3ders December

{skin}-D.E.E.P. – Digital Ephemeral Epidermal Patterns – Temporary biomimetic skin patterns via wearable 3D printed exoskeletons – aims to mimic the patterns and textures of snakeskin via ephemeral impressions onto human skin.

In juxtaposition to extremity-less snakes we are applying the exoskeletal appliances on human’s extremities, the arm, the leg and the neck.

The properties of snakeskin demonstrate a transition from a hard outside to a soft inside, a principal that we try to mimic in our approach, by using a hard shell for the application of the pattern.

Taking inspiration from shedding snakeskin, we shed the outer layer by removing the superficial prosthesis . The epidermis retains the negative imprint of the scale mimicking the look of serpent skin. The dermis reestablishes the smooth form of the human skin as it heals itself within the hour, erasing the ephemeral imprint, symbolically representing rebirth and renewal.

Furthermore we experiment with postprocessing the 3D printed, by chroming or copper plating the elements to shape the imprints.

Investigating the ephemeral nature of textured patterns on human skin will not by any means provide a solution to an engineering problem, yet will act as a larger philosophical basis to conduct a discussion about the possibilities of blending nature via biomimicry.

Artist Interview by Megan Smith – The Akronist

{skin}d.e.e.p. – arm imprints

{skin}d.e.e.p. – leg imprints

{skin}d.e.e.p. – neck imprints

Gallery View

Time Lapse Video 9hr print in 2min