I don’t like branded T-shirts. I don’t care to wear a random logo of a company I know nothing about.
Sometimes though I find tees that have great graphics such as the one below. It is of a Mayan King sitting on a throne of Mayan people being gifted large presents by Mayan subjects. Just ridiculous enough for me to dig it.
The shirt was also an XXL and terrible fabric but I purchased it with the intent of turning it into a bit of a DIY fashion project.
I placed the graphic on the front of the shirt but I really liked the large gold letters and thought I could do something interesting with them. I put out a call on social media for suggestions and a friend came back with a great word with the perfect definition.
adj.) To be fly, impressively dressed, attention seeking through the way you’re clothed. To wear nice attire.
A bonus is that the word itself — popularized by Bun B — is rooted in Hip-Hop music.
I had two goals for this version of the exoskeleton:
The next step now is to add some of the actual functionality into it.
It’s been a little over a year since I’ve started working on my hand project and up until now it’s simply been a part time effort. It is something I have been working on in my free time after work and on weekends. I’d consider it more of a hobby project but I’ve been persistent and it’s paid off. Through a series of circumstances, my story made its way into the halls of the CBC who picked it up as an interest piece for their evening news.
Because of the exposure my project got on the news I’ve had people reach out to me. One of those was Hargurdeep Singh or Deep for short. Deep is currently studying at Seneca college for mechanical engineering and is heavily involved with many organizations throughout the GTA. He is also involved with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers who just so happens to be running a 3D printing challenge right now. The I AM 3D Challenge is meant to encourage undergraduates to push the limits of what 3D printing can do. Deep along with his team and advisors approached me because they believed in my story and the possibilities this project could have for the competition.
This past week Deep and his team came by my place to begin working together. They showed up with several cases of fancy equipment that they set up to get a proper 3D scan of my hand. I had no clue what most of it did which is why I’m glad I now have someone helping me on the technical side while I get to focus on the aesthetics.
They are now printing out a copy of this model and use it to work off of. I am excited to see what they can come up with.
I have a hard wired need to constantly produce. I feel like if there isn’t an end product, I am not being productive. I think it comes from my father and his father before him. They couldn’t just walk somewhere, they would run. If they needed a tool on the other side of the garage it was a sprint. As a family, all 8 of us once packed in our pickup truck and sped up to Northern Canada for a weekend vacation only to rush back home again. It’s ironic. I know. I’ve noticed this in myself in many ways, my hand project included.
I spent a good portion of my time trying to figure out what exactly had happened to my body as a result of the accident. But I also spent most of last year creating random versions. Experiments really. I felt the need to constantly create something rather than have any direction. However, after all of last years experiments, I decided to go down the route of building an exoskeleton upon which to build the functionality.
I’ve created two versions up till now and spent all of this week designing the third. It hasn’t taken me all week to create the third version, I’ve been playing around. Putting on the previous exoskeleton and playing around with it. Seeing how it feels when I move my finger. How it fits. What elements can I improve.
In the back of my mind I thought I could get a new version done in one night. But looking back at my work this week in my sketchbook, I’m glad I didn’t rush it. I think I’ve come up with a simplified solution that solves problems I’ve had up until now.
I find that my style tends to be fairly classically driven. I like items that stand the test of and that are great staples to build upon. However, on top of those base items, I like to layer items of various styles.
I also wanted to experiment with creating a set in front of the white backdrop in my studio. The following three photos are the result.
Now that I've set up the backdrop in my studio and received the remainder of my hats in the mail, I thought I would experiment with some self portraits. I put on a couple different outfits, a few of the hats and let the 10 sec timer do it's thing.
I’ve completed another version of the 3D printed exoskeleton for my hand project. I took the design of my initial version and improved upon it. I’ve gone from having an about 50% range of motion to now going to about 85%.
I’ve put together another vlog going into a bit more detail about my hand project and what I’ve created to date.
The Christmas holidays this year were not quite as exciting and adventure packed as they were last year, but it was still nice to spend time with the whole family. I brought my fancy camera along and snapped a few photos.
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