Interesting Joints (Where Materials Are Joined)

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As I looked around me for interesting joints, I found myself drawn to two primary types of joints: mechanical joints and joints in which two or more materials worked together and crossed over one another make a more complex joint. I found I often found myself noticing joints between metal on machines, bikes, locks, and other mechanical-type objects. I think perhaps the material that is often in more mechanic joints (generally metal) is what interests me in these types of joints. I also really noticed materials that weaved between one another, that crossed and worked in unison to for the joint between the two materials. I find spirals and web-like forms very intriguing to look at.

In joints like the necklace made of wire wrapped around beads, I could replicate similar joints in a wire sculpture. I could bring more variety and interest to a wire piece by joining the wire with other objects in a spiral formation. Like the clipboard of the eyelash curl, I could make coils to hold a lot of energy in one part of a sculpture and transfer that built up energy through another form in the sculpture. I also plan on using similar joinery techniques as the corner of the wooden chair for my wood project. I also plan to put a locking mechanism on my wood project, which will hopefully join the lid of my box with the main part of my box in an interesting way.

Jeremy Mayer’s work utilizes countless mechanical joints. He might be interested in using joints like on the bike or the eyelash curler or other moving, mechanical joints in his own work

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