LUCY MCRAE | BODY ARCHITECT
Lucy McRae is a Body Architect exploring the relationship between the body, technology and the grey areas of synthetic and organic materials. She invents playful, imaginary worlds steered by complex scientific challenges to create portals of possibility that provoke the way people embody the future.
Trained in classical ballet and interior design, Lucy staked her claim as the world’s premier Body Architect during her formative years at Philips Design. Working in the far future design research lab she developed stretchable electronics, an electronic tattoo and a range of emotional sensing dresses awarded Time’s Best Fashion Invention in 2007.
On a search for beauty in the biological Lucy invented the Swallowable Parfum a scented capsule that releases a genetically unique fragrance through the skins surface. A serendipitous encounter with Swedish pop icon Robyn, resulted in a colour changing liquid textile for her Indestructible single; echoing their shared thinking that 'Technology are feathers for the body'. Set on challenging the limits and borders of the body Lucy was then invited to join the TED Fellowship programme in 2012 and spoke at TED Long Beach about How Technology will Transform the Body.
Operating on the fringes of magic, emotion and intuition her projects use speculative storytelling to evoke and catalyse innovation and transformational shifts within the art, biotech, beauty, healthcare and life sciences. Interfacing the body with the spheres of architecture and science Lucy seeks to discover the unexpected, convinced epiphany is a crucial link in creativity and innovation.
Perhaps partly because of the intriguing ambiguity of her job description or the unconventional duality of her artistic study of technology Lucy is listed as one of the fifty people shaping the future.