My grandmother used to have a Singer sewing machine; really old but still doing its job very well. In my own words, I can say that they’re the Swatch of sewing machines, efficient, reliable, and long-runners. And if I’m not mistaken, that sewing machine is still sitting around in a dusty corner of her basement.
Since 1851, the name Singer has been synonymous with sewing. The spirit of practical design and creative innovation that characterized the company at its beginning continues today as we develop products for every level of sewing.
As for this Singer insect made of sewing machine parts, it’s at least as valuable as a Singer product, considering the unique idea behind it — well, no doubt it’s brilliant. And it’s one of the many remarkable ideas owned by Christopher Conte. He combines knowledge of prosthetics and love of art in his biomechanical creations that you can check on http://www.microbotic.org/ and maybe also purchase one of his masterpieces, which are pretty cheap compared to what came out of his hands and mind.
He has a thing for insects, that’s why this Singer insect is just one of the few articulated pieces made by him. And if I’m not wrong on this one, the Solar Powered Housefly is one of his first projects. I’m sorry for divagating from the subject, but it’s really hard not to talk about all his works.
More on the subject, according to him, the Singer insect was born from a natural love for antiquities. Natural furs like those found in insects, for example, usually start the ball rolling. From there he sets out to hunt down parts and materials which lend themselves well to that aesthetic. Hunting places like flea markets helped him develop an appreciation for these artifacts and together with his prosthetic mind led to a futuristic piece of art made of old technology.
Although it looks like that huge robot in the movie “Wild Wild West” combined with “The Terminator”, I hope and I’m almost positive this piece of art comes in peace and not destructive in any way. It also would be fun if you could sew with it.