While inserting metal/ink/fabric/plastics/moon rocks into our skin and dangly parts makes for a striking and individual look, this development into the world of wearable science caters for those who like things a bit more natural…
epiSkin jewelry extends biological identity by combining technology and design into a new decorative body surface. This project is an exploration into the decorative technological control over biology to create an artifact which is a hybrid of both. Cultured in a lab, this biological jewelry is made of epithelia cells which grow to create an artificial skin. The cells are grown into custom designed forms, controlled by the artist. The cells are incubated for a period of time, following which they are stained with a custom dye. The skin is then visibly sealed into a wearable object. The process in creating these pieces includes human tissue culturing as well as computer generated form on which the cells are cultured and then transplanted into adaptive jewelry. The jewelry is worn on the body, completing the relationship of biological cells mediated by technology.
(via Marta Lwin’s article)
Episkin being grown in petrie dishes
The article (and all subsequent info found) was dated 2006, so I’m honestly hoping that things have come along in leaps and bounds.