DoES is a community of hackers and makers based in Liverpool who offer a space for fellow engineers, artists and entrepreneurs to rent office space as well as electronic equipment such as 3D printers and laser cutters. For Build Your Own: Tools for Sharing, they present new commission DesktopProsthetics - an ongoing live work of art which will create a series of prosthetic hands throughout the course of the exhibition for local children and young people.
Founded by a group of friends in 2011 after identifying a need for a creative space for engineers and hackers in Liverpool, the group invests their profit into the local community and hosts a range of workshops and events throughout the year. These events include the regular Maker Nights as well as ‘Geek Up’ and even a Sewing Club. They offer the chance for local people to develop their tech skills in fun and approachable forms.
For DesktopProsthetics, Ross Dalziel, Patrick Fenner and Adrian McEwen who are permanent deskers at DoESLiverpool, used the open source project e-NABLE as a template after being inspired by a family who took part in one of their workshops. Using the Raptor Hand design, a fully functional prosthetic was created by a 3D printer and given to a young girl called Baylee from Wirral. With two 3D printers currently set up in Gallery 1, it is hoped that DoESLiverpool will be able to manufacture many more prosthetics over the summer, as well as offering guidance and support for those who want to design and print their own using the collective's facilities.
Baylee has been wearing prosthetics since the age of two and is determined to enlighten people on how to treat those with disabilities. DoESLiverpool has also been working in collaboration with children’s disability charity Reach for this project, and the collective will be running workshops throughout the exhibition in order to raise awareness of this relatively cheap, creative and easy alternative to medical waiting lists. The series of workshops will allow local people to be measured and fitted with the Raptor Hand and will teach others how to assemble the prosthetics once the printed elements have been created.
Read more about Baylee on her blog - BionicBaylee.com
DesktopProsthetics is currently on show as part of Build Your Own: Tools for Sharing until 31 August.