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Surgical implant

  • Date:

    2004 (designed and made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Butcher, Peter W (designer)
    Ellis Developments Ltd

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Polyester suture thread, machine-embroidered

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Julian Ellis

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This embroidered surgical implant was custom-designed for a patient who had had a tumour removed from his shoulder, and subsequently needed extensive reconstruction. In dialogue with the consulting surgeon, the implant was designed with a wide range of possible attachment points, to facilitate the use of all available tissue. The colour blue was used to be clearly visible during surgery.


2004 (designed and made)


Butcher, Peter W (designer)
Ellis Developments Ltd

Materials and Techniques

Polyester suture thread, machine-embroidered


Height: 142 mm, Width: 142 mm

Descriptive line

Embroidered surgical implant for the reconstruction of a shoulder, designed by Peter W Butcher for Ellis Developments Limited, 2004.




Textiles; Embroidery; Health; Product design; Plastic; Interiors; Household objects; Shekou; Values of Design; Design Society


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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