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.
Worked on this new commercial the Lexus; project Strobe.
A little help for film maker Nick Abrahams.
Used this project to learn some basics about Ardino.
Nice to have company in the studio.
A Christmas greetings films by Anya Hindmarch company,
re-using some of the mechanical props from the Cascade show.
Two experts from Holland made this in three hours.