Theoretical Practice / Material Exploration
Looking at loss of movement due to degenerative diseases, such as arthritis, the Arthritis Care project was a study on common medical practices and creating an inventive solution that work outside the regular parameters.
The commonly prescribed tools to help with Arthritis are reactive tools. Tools that help individuals with specific actions rather tools to helping combat some of the cause themselves. These tools can reinforce disabilities and increase the speed that people become reliant on others. Using up to date knowledge in physiotherapy, the design intention is to create a comfort focused products that can better support people with degenerative disease from the security of their own home, giving them agency over how they live their lives without need for frequent travel to hospitals.
After extensive studying of physiotherapy techniques with consultation from NHS professionals I created an imprint that would best help stretch and exercise the human hand. Translating it into a 3D object and pushing the limits of computer aided manufacturing(CAM), the outcome was a intricate and flexible pattern that could be applied in multiple instances.