With the client, designed the dress movement and made the mechanics for use in a stage performance at Sadlers Wells, London See the dress on stage in action ’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 … Continue reading Hussein Chalayan: Gravity Fatigue (2015)→
A short Christmas film with Anya Hindmarch based on the Cascade show we did in 2013, consisting of a pyramid of dominoes with lifting doors and a rotating drum. Pyramid build by Mr Domino’s-Robin Weijer’s team from Amsterdam.
Another fun but edgy show with my team. Cascade featured an extraordinary display of 55,000 cascading dominoes that magically triggered bags to rise from hidden locations. After we had installed the animatronics we left the dominos builders for five days until the day of the show. All was good until we almost had a guest in … Continue reading Anya Hindmarch: Cascade (2013)→
Another collaboration with Anya’s creative team, with set construction by Diagon. This show had ten rooms with animatronic effects and was influenced by pop-up books. Movements were controlled by my team of fifteen effects-builders from behind the sets.
This was my first project working together with Anya, Bevin Roper and the team. They wanted to introduce theatre and mechanical movement to a handbag fashion launch. Andrew Roberts and I were to help design and guide what mechanical effects could be possible for Michael Howells to include in his set designs. On the big … Continue reading Anya Hindmarch: All I Ever Wanted AW12→
A very big challenge. This job was for the art project I Am Sad Leyla by Hussein Chalayan, and displayed at Galerist in Istanbul. The team made a wig that could change styles: fringe and hair-length grew and reversed again. We had layers of skullcaps to cope with the different styles and with onboard motors and … Continue reading Hussein Chalayan: Wig→
A mechanical hand bag with singing bird. I had an expert’s introduction into Victorian mechanical music boxes at Automatomania in Scotland, who also did the feathering. Electronics were by David Buckley in Manchester, and the fantastic making-of film (below) was by Dee Koppang.