mechanisms of defence

Biomimicry inspired appendage



Massey University project

July, 2013

6 weeks

Wellington, New Zealand


This jacket was designed to emphasize the instinctual movements we make as a natural defence mechanism, the system on the back takes inspiration from lizards and porcupines and is activated by the shoulder and elbow joints. When bent, strings inside are put under tension causing the spines on the back to spring up.

The brief of this first year paper was to design a moving appendage using 2 given materials, I was given wood and thread. To start I looked into interesting body movements, focusing on the shoulder joint. From my biomimicry research, I looked into defense mechanisms and how a prey acts when threatened, this research led me to look at females and how they might protect themselves against predators.


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