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A collection of scissors, which Recht has picked up from textile-industry supply shops, sits inside these glassed-in shelves on the edge of the studio. “Scissors are very particular,” he says. “You can have one that’s very good at one thing and completely useless at another. One pair won’t cut a kind of fabric and another will slice right through. They’re really dangerous, but quite fragile, like a tuning fork. If you drop them, you’re screwed.”