Peritoneal Dialysis Clothing Design
Breaking through technological innovation in fields of medicine and biotechnology has saved millions of lives from physical afflictions. The developments of medical devices have made significant contributions to improve the health of people all around the world. From small innovations like adhesive bandages, ankle braces, to larger, more complex technologies like MRI machines, robotic prosthetic limbs, and artificial organs. However, the flexibility and design of many life improving and sustaining innovation, like a dialysis machines, can cause many patients very uncomfortable and restricted lifestyles. There is a definite potential in advancing the flexibility of these machine through a simple understanding of the movements and operations of the body and design that have been overlooked in the healthcare industry. This research concentrates on a developing of a technological innovation in clothing design idea, though collaboration of three disciplines: architecture, fashion, and healthcare, in order to enhance the quality of life for many people who depend on peritoneal dialysis treatment.
Marshall Mcluhan in his book Understanding Media states that clothing is an extension of our skin, it is a mechanism that controls a heat that our body transmits, and skin is what defines us socially. I believe that there is an opportunity to use clothing to redefine the role of technology not only as performativity but an interactive through a direct connection and relationship with the body; the opportunity to explore the possibilities of blurring dialysis device in the perimeters of the body through the clothing design.
Project #3::Graduate Elective Seminar: Interconnected and Technologically Enhanced: Buildings, Ecologies, Bodies::Winter 2013::Professor Kathy Velikov