Acupuncture needles ripple across Izzy Parker's Tactile Treatment cape

This cape covered in thousands of acupuncture needles was developed by Royal College of Art graduate Izzy Parker to challenge ideas about personal boundaries and human interaction (+ movie).

Acupuncture Tactile Treatment by Izzy Parker

The Tactile Treatment garment was designed by Izzy Parker as part of her Intimacy Series of wearable pieces, which aims to provoke questions about interaction between individuals.

Acupuncture Tactile Treatment by Izzy Parker

"Tactile Treatment explores our fluctuating levels of patience, trust and mutual understanding as well as our interpretation of personal boundaries when we meet someone for the first time," said Parker.

Acupuncture Tactile Treatment by Izzy Parker

The garment featured in her new film is made from 11,570 steel and copper needles, which are usually inserted into the skin at various pressure points over the body during acupuncture treatment.

Acupuncture Tactile Treatment by Izzy Parker

The needles are hand woven into the textile base as a flat piece, a process that took Parker over 300 hours.

Acupuncture Tactile Treatment by Izzy Parker

Draped over the shoulders, the spikes open out like when a hedgehog curls into a ball. When the wearer moves, the needles reflect the light as they quiver and ripple.

Acupuncture Tactile Treatment by Izzy Parker

In the movie by director Shaun Spark, the bristles are captured in macro detail as the cape is worn and passed between two dancers.

Acupuncture Tactile Treatment by Izzy Parker

One character strokes the shimmering metal elements and pricks his finger on one of the needles.

Acupuncture Tactile Treatment by Izzy Parker

The wearers adopt a series of positions to show how the garment responds to movement.

Acupuncture Tactile Treatment by Izzy Parker

Tactile Treatment was first created for Parker's graduation project for Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery (GSM&J) at London's Royal College of Art last year.

Acupuncture Tactile Treatment by Izzy Parker

The film and a range of new jewellery are on show at the exhibition Undercurrent exhibition, organised by the Moving On Collective at London's The Vaults Gallery, which continues until 18 October 2014.