Designed by Steven Tai and John Nussey, the Pen Nib dress is a garment with animated "scales" comprising 795 pen nibs, mounted on tiny motors. The effect of the animated pen nibs is remarkable; the garment flickers, twitches and glistens like a second "protective" skin.

I particularly love the process photos which you can see more of here.


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Comment by G-A on June 20, 2011 at 11:16pm
This is Really amazing, love it !
Comment by meg on June 20, 2011 at 11:16pm

yes, melissa, it also made me think of armour! :)

i really like this piece - i mean, on one hand, it's a lot of hardware + a big stack of batteries, but what impressive execution!  both the pen-nib matrix and the beautifully organised wires inside show hours of effort for a beautiful result.  and a lovely combination of old and new materials.

Comment by Melissa Coleman on June 20, 2011 at 9:48am

It's very reminiscent of samurai clothing.

Is the pen mightier than the sword?

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