The idea manifested after Dr. Vain saw a store window display decorated with X-rays. She’d been collecting animal X-rays for many years and was looking for a way to repurpose and display them, that’s when the idea for these lampshades emerged. Spike Vain now has a growing collection of lamps made from animal X-rays and MRI images, many of which can be viewed through her Instagram.
Repurposing X-ray radiographs to make lampshades is not something you see everyday, but Dr. Vain prefers art to ordinary. In fact, the veterinary oncology technician is covered in body art, and often trades her work for new tattoos.
In an interview with Bored Panda Dr. Vain explained, “The unexpected difficulty in fabricating these lamps is finding resources for the x-rays since it is a dying technology. Most facilities that do radiology have converted to digital.”
The other struggle is shipping medical film because it is so heavy and “the shipping costs can be a fortune.” Spike Vain is currently seeking an admiring sponsor to fund her trip to the UK where she plans to collect over one hundred pounds of old film.