I've been stumped on a project I am working on, so I decided to go on a bit of a tangent and do a small structural study on an everyday clothespin. It's such a nifty concept when you think about it. It's made of two wooden pieces that pivot like a seesaw around a metal spring. The force in the spring causes the wood pieces to act in compression, which gives it a gripping force that is able to hold up objects that are many times its own weight. It's no wonder we've been using it since the 1800s!
When combined with other clothespins, this simple object yields an endless amount of shapes and types of connections; forming curves, lines, corners, depth and height. I decided to see how far this could go and used it to create a deer head. It would be interesting to see if there was a way to use this concept for a structural system in a building!
oh and p.s.: a post about the structural properties of another everyday object: an egg