Art with clothespins

I recently bought a bunch of clothespins for laundry. There’s way more than I need. Here’s some thoughts on what to do with them:

Hang laundry in public places.

– On the stop cable on the bus (would make for a funny photo)

– Police “do not cross” line

– electricity / phone lines

– tree branches

It could just be a simple white tshirt. Or just a sock.

The clothing could have a message printed on it.

–Hang in there

–Let it all hang out

–How is that clouds still hang on you? –shakespeare

–Future hangs in the balance

–“Necessity’s sharp pinch” –shakespeare

–Only the fleece was dry; all the ground was covered with dew. –Judges 6:40

So far all these messages seem too trite, maybe there’s a better phrase.

Or maybe it’s just the simplicity of having laundry hanging out of context. The combination of clothing could have a meaning– a black sock hanging next to a white sock.

There just seems like there would be some good potential with the clothespins, because they have such a powerful down-home feel. Haven’t quite nailed this idea yet, although photos of laundry hanging on the stop cable on the bus would be fun.

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laura k.
laura k.
18 years ago

put one on your nose when walking by something smelly.

Tom Saaristo
18 years ago

You prolly weren’t even born, but there was an artist here in Chicago man years ago who did public art with clothespins. It was fun finding them around town.

18 years ago

use like 80 clothespins as a border treatment around a stop sign.

18 years ago

or attach the clothespins to one another making a giant clothespin ball. we have a huge box of plastic forks at work. One day I made a bowling-ball-sized sculpture of the forks intertwined. It sat on the top of the refrigerator for about a week. Someone threw it out. Stupid, boring, no-fun dud!

Tom Saaristo
18 years ago

You made a sculpture out of plastic forks and somebody [i”>threw it aways!?!?[/i”> What the …? You’re right, that is stupid, boring, and no-fun!

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