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London-based designer Sophie de Oliveira Barata creates some of the most jaw-droppingly awesome prosthetics we’ve ever seen.

Sophie comes from an art background, with a first class honours degree at London Arts University where she studied Special Effects prosthetics for film and T.V. She then went on to work for 8 years, as a sculptor making realistic looking, bespoke prosthetics for amputees at one of the leading prosthetic providers. She worked in all areas sculpting fingers, toes, partial feet , partial hands, bespoke liners and leg and arm covers for amputees. In her spare time she made more experimental art work in this medium, before setting up her own studio.

Known as The Alternative Limb Project, Sophie works as a specialist consultant with other prosthetists and produces both artificial limbs that look completely realistic as well as limbs created using imaginative ideas provided by the clients themselves. “She can interpret your ideas and create a unique design that will reflect your interests and personality.”

As you can see here, Sophie’s work is truly astonishing. As well as being completely functional prostheses, these amazing limbs are also unique works of art.

Each of her designs offer a sense of individuality, allowing the customer to express their personality through their synthetic appendages. The artist says, “Having an alternative limb is about claiming control and saying ‘I’m an individual and this reflects who I am.’”

Visit The Alternative Limb Project website to learn more about Sophie’s awesome work and check out more of her creations.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

The Art of Designer Artificial Limbs

There is a moment when each ultra-realistic prosthetic limb crafted by Sophie de Oliveira Barata transitions from a hunk of silicon into something more. “It happens around this point,” the artist explained, gesturing to a half-finished leg jutting mid-kick from her work bench. “I’ll know it’s happened when I handle a limb a bit roughly, and I find myself apologizing to it: ‘Oh, sorry!’”

It’s an easy mistake to make. With precision molding, hand-painted veins, and real human hairs, the limbs scattered around Sophie’s studio look uncannily real: legs on the verge of dancing and hands ready to burst into applause. With these prostheses, Sophie enables her customers to conceal their absences and blend in. But the artist also caters to another kind of clientele: amputees wanting to stand out. She works with these clients to imagine the missing parts of their bodies as fantastical works of art: an arm housing a motorized coiling snake, a jewel-studded leg with embedded stereo, a bird-wing arm with a metal hook for a talon. “Instead of seeing what’s missing,” she remarked, “you see what’s there.”

I met Sophie in her cozy London studio recently to discuss her work. After serving tea, the artist returned to the task of tenderly shaping a silicon calf as we spoke.

Read more. [Image: Roc Morin]

Sophie de Oliveira Barata *Swarovski Crystal Leg

"Generally the whole technology is moving towards trying to recapture a lifelike limb that looks realistic and also acts realistic in motion. In this instance I’m doing the complete opposite and I think it does capture that whole childlike imagination — it’s like being a superhero with super powers." said de Oliveira.

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A few months ago we featured some amazingly unconventional prosthetic limbs created by London-based designer Sophie de Oliveira Barata for The Alternative Limb Project. The project is dedicated to designing prostheses that reflect the interests and unique personalities of the wearers.

A recent post over at Hi-Fructose presented us with an opportunity to share a few more awesome creations producted by The Alternative Limb Project. Visit their website to view even more.

[via Hi-Fructose]

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(via Real, Surreal and Unreal Prosthetic Limbs | Hi-Fructose Magazine)

The London-based Alternative Limb Project, brainchild of sculptor Sophie de Oliveira Barata, offers specialized prosthesis to reflect the wearer’s personality, imagination and interests with three different option categories as starting points: Real, Surreal and Unreal…

Losing a limb is a life changing event with difficulties unimaginable to most. But The Alternative Limb Project is taking prosthetic limbs to a whole other level. While a prosthesis that blends in with the body is offered and unbelievably realistic, what’s catching the attention of social media are the ones made to stand out.

The alternative to the usual prostheses are unique pieces of art that reflect the wearer’s imagination, personality, and interests. Words can barely describe these masterpieces, so without further ado, see them for yourself:

The artistic genius responsible for these incredible pieces is Sophie de Oliveira Barata, who founded The Alternative Limb Project in 2011. According to her profile on The Alternative Limb Project:

Sophie comes from an art background, with a first class honours degree at London Arts University where she studied Special Effects prosthetics for film and T.V. She then went on to work for 8 years, as a sculptor making realistic looking, bespoke prosthetics for amputees at one of the leading prosthetic providers. She worked in all areas sculpting fingers, toes, partial feet , partial hands, bespoke liners and leg and arm covers for amputees. In her spare time she made more experimental art work in this medium , before setting up her own studio.

Sophie now works as a specialist consultant and can work alongside your prosthetist. As well as producing realistic looking artificial limbs, she uses imaginative ideas to create alternative effects with direct input from the client. She can interpret your ideas and create a unique design that will reflect your interests and personality.

Sophie often collaborates with other artists with different skill sets; such as graphics, laser cutting, metalworks, plastics and woodwork. This allows for many possibilities and can generate interesting results.

As a prosthetic company focused on quality for their customers, The Alternative Limb Project “involve the wearer in all stages of the process from conception of ideas to the final work. An alternative-style limb can help to break down social barriers, delight the eye and provide an unusual talking point.” I’d say they were definitely right on the money.

What say you? Is this a new, cool, funky and exciting thing for those that have had the misfortune of a traumatic, life-altering event or do you find the alternative limbs to be a bit too much?

[Photo Credits:  NY Times, FullyM, Google]

[PHOTOS] Alternative Prosthetic Limbs Like You’ve Never Seen Losing a limb is a life changing event with difficulties unimaginable to most. But The Alternative Limb Project is taking prosthetic limbs to a whole other level.

UK artist Sophie de Oliveira Barata began her career making special-effect prosthetics for film and television. Now she makes special-effect prosthetics for real people who want to cloak their amputations with some grace. She’s even working on a documentary about her work called The Alternative Limb Project.

Her prosthetic limbs are absolutely mind-blowing. She definitely rivals Ron Mueck in the department of imitating the biology of human flesh. And what’s more, she also makes designer prosthetics that blend limbs with accessories.

Ramp1885 | Snow Queens and Feathered Warriors

Sophie de Oliveira Barata has sculpted arms and legs that have given new life to bodies severed from limbs: for Grace, a gleaming feathered armour; for Ryan, a wounded warrior, a deconstructed leg with exposing flesh, muscle, and bone; for Jo-Jo, a caduceus threaded with a coiled python.

And for model Viktoria Modesta, a perch of sparkling Swarovski ice and snow from which she, as the London Paralympics’ Snow Queen, could take flight.

Photo: Viktoria Modesta and her “Stereo Leg” designed by Alternative Limb Project. Photography by Rosemary Williams.