When worn the aim of this headpiece was to become a reflection of the inner human thought. By using heat sensitive ink we wanted to create a headpiece that we could test to see if physical externalised heat had a connection to position of internal thought within the brain.
Crafted from Swarovski spinel stones, enhanced with Liquid Crystal thermochromic ink, over 4000 Black Spinel were chosen for their material composition; being similar to that found in the human bone. This parallel makes the gemstone compatible with the human, enabling each stone when worn to act as a conduction insulator, absorbing energy loss from the head.
The Liquid crystal thermochromic ink enables the Spinel to visualise this energy loss with a colour change gradient, through black > orange > red > green > blue > purple. Using the Swarovski Gemstone to ensure precise regularity across the stones. We discovered the pattern formation in the colour of each stones evolves throughout the day; this fluctuates over areas of the brain in use.
When the headpiece was on disaply at LFW we were approached by Daniel Glaser, Neuroscientist and Director, Science Gallery, King's College London, and discussed testing the headpiece on a user whilst being scannedby MRI technology. This would enable to test whether internal neurological connections correlate with external heat loss from the head.
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