This is a really nice and interesting project, the creation of and build of the mechanical dress for a dancer. To make it happen I have part funded it and if successful it will be on stage at the end of October in London at Sadlers Wells, London. Here is my first sketch.
In collaboration with Andy Roberts and after a two weeks of designing and testing movements with fabrics we finally settled on three movements. A top chest twist, a skirt lift and a tummy loop. Four weeks later its was ready on a corset to be sent to the dress designer to work out how to interface with the movements.
There are some fantastic coup de théâtre moments: the dress that moves by itself, twisting into new shapes as if possessed, like an haute couture version of Alien;
“dresses which seem to move of their own accord, and in one noirish sequence worthy of a Lady Gaga video, a dress which moves like it has a python inside it, forcing its wearer to totter on her heels while three vampish ladies practically climb on tables to get a better look at her.”
Freelanced at John Nolan’s Studio making the Peacock tail lifting mechanics. John has to be responsible for producing some of the best creatures around.
Head mechanics by Guy Stevens and feather fabrication by Val Jones.
Tail mechanics detail.
Always tricky making mechanical things fast and last but this giant spinning top at Harrods Christmas windows made for 3D Eye has worked well.
Designer, Guy Stevens and electronics by Charlie Hope.
We used a strong motor and an Arduino control board. See it move here.
Attended this inspiring animation festival in Zagreb to give a talk and make a puppet workshop.
Thanks to artistic directer Daniel Šuljic and his team for making my stay full of interesting connections.
Shot in Kuala Lumpur this was a Lexus advert called Strobe.
The idea was to create a Paryuir type performance with 30 performers in LED suits. We used DMX to comunicate to the electronics.
Gone back to life drawing in January with Ed, I am thinking of an alternative to working at B&Q at 70, going full circle and return to where I started at 17 on the beach at Margate hooking people into have their portraits done.
A little help for film maker Nick Abrahams.
Used this project to learn some basics about Ardino.
Nice to have company in the studio.
See his film that might be related to his show at the Horse Hospital.