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Fashion student Maki Ishikawa, from Central St Martins, asked me to provide mechanical parts to her final year collection. I thought her ideas were very strong and we both shared the love of surrealism, especially Jan Svankmajer. I had to recall many of the methods I learnt working in visual effects for TV whereby the mechanics need to be both simple and reliable - they have to work 'on the night' but don't need to last forever. This discipline was completely counter to making public art so a very refreshing experience.

 

Maki Ishikawa