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 SoftLab is a space dedicated to the research and development of artistic projects using soft-circuits and wearable technology in the Center for Digital Arts & Experimental Media (DxArts) at the University of Washington, in Seattle.


Parafictional objects: Her Finger by Chun Shao

Parafictional objects: Her Finger by Chun Shao

Project description:

Her Finger is a series of kinetic finger accessories. It presents a hybrid form of wearable objects, which mingles the functionality and sensuality between an ancient Chinese fingernail guard and a modern female stimulator. The two types of finger related objects create this interesting tension between power and pleasure, external and internal, rigid and soft.

By applying traditional crafting and E-textile techniques, I intend to create a new form of finger accessory, which depicts the sense of internal touch, the imagination of sexual pleasure, the history and future of being a woman.

Historical reference:

The ancient Chinese nail guard came from the time of Ming and Qing dynasty. Having the extreme long fingernail and wearing the nail guard is a sign of power and beauty for ancient Chinese women. The nail guard is a jewelry (usually made by gold and gemstones) used to protect the long fingernail. This historical jewelry also implies the meaning as a tool to forbidden ancient women to use their fingertips to touch, explore and feel things, especially the body.

 An example image of Qing dynasty fingernail guard

An example image of Qing dynasty fingernail guard

 Qing dynasty Empress Cixi wearing her nail guards

Qing dynasty Empress Cixi wearing her nail guards

Making the new forms of Finger accessories:

Making the silicone fabric

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Applying the thread and different fabric manipulation patterns

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Making variations of the objects

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 close up to the object

close up to the object

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Attemps, Failures, Trials and Errors exhibition in Bucharest

Attemps, Failures, Trials and Errors exhibition in Bucharest

Fractal Antennae - an ongoing research project by Afroditi Psarra

Fractal Antennae - an ongoing research project by Afroditi Psarra