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E*graphics intro class Feb. 2020

Small scale sculpture made from encaustigraphs
Small scale sculpture experiments for the Winter 2020 class

We played with a variety of ways to use encaustigraphics in an introductory class offered at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center on February 29, 2020.

We began by learning how to make the e*graphics with provided prints, and then branched out into using the material to create “super simple sculptures” with fun and easy techniques. We experimented with the many ways the material can be used— for sculpture, window art, books, jewelry and more— and then we worked with the students’ own images (digital photographs and scans of artwork) to translate those into various creations. I also demoed how to construct large forms like those shown on the home page of this site.

Great group of students and a fun creative time. If social distancing allows, I’ll be offering the class again in November 2020.

Queen in the Garden

 

Creative base options

Bases from found objects
Found objects make great bases for encaustigraphs.

The e*graphics intro class is upcoming on February 29 at Kalamazoo Book Arts and we’ll be exploring both flat and dimensional forms. A great bridge between the two is to display your 2D e*graphic creations with a creative base.

Nearly anything can be repurposed as a  base for displaying your e*graphics. Whether your style is rough or refined, large or small, the light weight of e*graphics allow them to float or be captured by minimalist frames. Below are some examples— the top photo shows a woodtype block with a heavy copper wire bent into a spiral and an oak leaf held by a cast pyramid; the photo below shows frames made from plaster, polymer clay and twisted  roots from the beach.

A variety of base styles for e*grapics
A variety of base options for encaustigraphs, including natural and cast materials.

Colorful complexity

E*graphics can be cut using a Silhouette cutting machine
A 12″ e*graphic flower cut using a Silhouette

While it’s easy to cut e*graphics by hand, another innovative way to shape them is in tandem with one of plot cutting machines available for home use (Silhouette and Cricut are two well known makers). The complexity of design options available when the two are combined is amazing, and very rewarding.

2019 Shows

I’m honored to have had works selected to be in three museum exhibitions running this spring and summer.

My piece “Becoming” (below) was selected to be one of 101 works featured in the West Michigan Area Show at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. The exhibition runs from May 18 through August 25.

sculptural suspension
“Becoming” — encaustigraphic suspensions with mixed media; 60″ long x 11″ diameter

The Museum of Encaustic Art’s juried show No Creative Boundaries features “Oracle,” shown below. The exhibition runs from May 25 through July 7 in Santa Fe.

Oracle
“Oracle” — encaustigraphic suspension with mixed media. 19″h x 8″w x 8″d

Following “No Creative Boundaries,” the Museum of Encaustic Art will feature “50 States/200 Artists,” and my piece VLA (Very Luminous Array) will be on display. I’m one of two artists representing Michigan.

Article in Encaustic Arts magazine

EA magazine opener

The Winter 2018 issue of Encaustic Arts magazine features an article I wrote about encaustigraphics and the artwork I’ve created with it.

The 18 page article includes a history of the process, many photographs of my work and even some basic instructions on how to  create e*graphics.

Click here to find out how to purchase a digital copy. Single issue price is $2.99, which goes to support the Encaustic Art Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico. {Please note that there is also an option to order more expensive hard copies, but that money does not go to  EAINM).

I’m very excited to have information on the encaustigraphic process available to an international audience, and I hope you enjoy learning more about e*graphics, how it came to be and where it’s heading!

Spread from Encaustic Arts magazine
This is a second spread from my article on encaustigraphics in Encaustic Arts magazine. Click here find out how to purchase a copy of the issue.

Super Simple Sculpture

Super Simple Sculpture
E*graphics are so lightweight, almost anything can be used for a base, even an acorn cap.

I’ve created an advanced class for encaustigraphics that carries the medium into moveable and three dimensional forms. One of my favorite new ways to play with e*graphics is Super Simple Sculpture, where the light weight of e*graphics allows you to use almost anything as a base. Here, driftwood and a small stone, or even an acorn cap, with light wire support, allow free improvisation to experiment with ideas and make a small village of playful artworks.

Big Kiss (+ a hug)

I’ve been intrigued with the possibilities of remesh (the steel grid material used to reinforce concrete forms), so I purchased some to play with. After cutting the large piece into various frame shapes, I found creating the digital files to fit was its own challenge, but I was pleased with this first try. Each square opening is 6″ and the “hug” is a retention ring (found on the inside of hubcaps). Found materials are always a fun way to stretch the imagination.

Big Kiss, made from encaustigraphics sewn onto a remesh frame
Big Kiss— encaustigraphics sewn onto a remesh frame, with an added “hug” from a hubcab retention ring.
"Big Kiss" hanging outdoors.
“Big Kiss” hanging outdoors. Encaustigraphics sewn on frame made from remesh and added retention ring “hug.”

Tiny Trees

Ever experimenting… these tiny trees have braised copper trunks and branches with small e*graphic leaves attached by very fine copper wire. Definitely an exercise in control and patience, but very satisfying results.

Pink-leaf tiny tree
Tiny tree, about 5″ tall, made from thick braised copper wire and small e*graphic leaves attached by fine copper wire.
Yellow-leaf tiny tree
A second tiny tree with trunk and branches formed from thick, braised copper wire and small e*graphic leaves attached with fine copper wire. About 5″ tall, and arranged on driftwood with stone stacks and a tiny halo house.