straws

straws

Roughly 15 years ago, Achim Stiermann began to stick drinking straws into oneanother. Fascinated by the creative potential, he strove to enhanced this technique further.

From the basic form of plastic tubes many possibillities to construct three dimensional objects emerge. Straws are quite light an appear fragile, nevertheless they possess a great stabiliy. Due to the material this is naturally limited. Depending on the construction principle, these straw objects keep their flexibility which is permitted by the most elastic elements of the whole.

In order to stick the straws into oneanother they are slit lenghthwise. In addition small holes are cut at the flexible bendy kinks.

To steady fassen the straws glueing proved to be inpractical. This joining problem was then solved by pricking a hot needle through them, thereby permanently melting them with each other.

As the drinking straw fastening tecknology is an innovation in straw contructing, Stiermann registerd it as an utility patent in 2012.

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Stiermann applied this technique in many of his art objects. He mainly uses bendy drinking straws with a diameter of 5 mm (sometines 6 mm with extra long bendy part, i.e. for „Space Suit“). Beneath static objects he also produced kinetic gadgets, wherein gear wheels and conveyor belts are also built of straws.

Independent of the artistic context, the technique can also be applied on other creative fields such as design and fashion. In addition solutions for technical problems within mechanics and robotics are also possible.

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