Flex + Ply

2009
Flex + Ply: Textile Metaphors for Anatomy
A collaboration between University of Ulster & Durham University
Research Associate


A Wellcome Trust-funded collaboration which used textiles, body painting and projection to explore different aesthetic, scientific and symbolic meanings of the body. The products of ‘Flex + Ply’ are being used as teaching aids for anatomy and radiography students and to challenge existing scientific 'truths' and interpretations of historical research and imagery. My role was to design and develop a range of textile materials, forms and objects exploring in particular the experience of surgery, empathy between physician and patient, and hidden maps of the body such as Dermatomes and Langer Lines.
Fleming, Karen, McLachlan, John Charles, Finn, Gabrielle and Ludlow, Aoife (2010) FLEX + PLY Textile Metaphors For Anatomy. An Exhibition. Hunterian Museum of Anatomy, Glasgow
Fleming, Karen, McLachlan, John Charles, and Ludlow, Aoife (2009)Tactility, Material and Making: Crafting Medical Education. In: Making Futures: The Crafts in the context of global sustainability and environmental issues Conference September 2009, Plymouth College of Art 
Fleming, Karen, McLachlan, John Charles, Finn, Gabrielle and Ludlow, Aoife (2009) Dermatomes  1.Documentary photographs of mapping dermatomes 2.Dermatome Jeans ( 3 versions) 3.Presentation of Mapping and research process on real body morphologies. 4th International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science