London-based artist Lauren Bowker of The Unseen labs in collaboration with Swarovski has developed a gemstone headdress that changes color in response to brain activity. Over 4000 Swarovski Black Spinel stone were chosen and cloned for their material composition — being similar to that found in the human bone — and coated with Bowker’s ‘Magick’ color-changing ink.


“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,” explains Bowker. “We discovered the pattern formation in the color of each stones evolves throughout the day; this fluctuates over areas of the brain in use. When worn the headpiece becomes a reflection of the inner human thought,” she adds.


The Unseen Magick ink enables the Spinel to visualise this energy loss with a colour change gradient, through black to orange, red to green, and blue to purple. The piece will be displayed during London Fashion Week this September.


all images courtesy of THE UNSEEN | H/t dezeen