Next, Di built a wearable holster around Hollie that would connect her body to the bridge via the Human Harp’s retractable strings. This holster needed to be both rigid and flexible and they decided to work with leather.
“We knew the holster needed to be solid so that it would not pull away from the body and prevent the movician from sensing the tension and pull of the harps strings that would be fixed to it. It also needed to have the capability to expand and contract like an armadillo or a piece of plate armour, and as such became a mechanism in its own right” Di Mainstone
Working with product designer, Lea Aubertin, the team devised a plug-like device that contained magnets to connect the retractable chords to the holster. The plug was created in Rhino, ensuring that it could be made using fab-lab tools (laser cutter) as part of the open-source concept.
“During the workshops at CIID we explored ways of clipping the strings to holsters on the body. We investigated karabiner clips, hooks and magnets. Of all the iterations, magnets felt the most fluid way to apply and reapply the strings to the body” DI MAINSTONE
Throughout this process Hollie would try on the prototype and move and test out various actions to see if the form of the harness would enable the movician to move in a free way.
“In many ways the function of the Human Harp and the needs of the movician, informed our aesthetic choices for the holster” Hollie Miller