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E*graphics intro class Feb. 2020

Queen in the Garden

I’m teaching an introduction to encaustigraphics class at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center on February 29, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

We’ll start by learning how to make the e*graphic material with provided prints, and then branch out into using our e*graphics to create “super simple sculptures” with fun and easy techniques. There are many ways the material can be used— for sculpture, window art, books, jewelry and more— and you’re encouraged to bring your own images (digital photographs or scans of artwork) to class so we can discuss ways to translate them into the creation of your choice. I’ll also be demoing how to construct large forms like those shown on the home page of this site.

Sign up at KBAC’s workshop website.


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” — 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.

Work in Permanent Collection of EAINM

I’m honored to have my work included in the Permanent Collection of Museum of Encaustic Arts, part of the Encaustic Art Institute of New Mexico, located in Santa Fe. Titled VLA (for “very luminous array,” a nod to the Very Large Array in Socorro, New Mexico), it was thrilling to see them installed for others to enjoy. The pieces are made from shaped and sewn encaustigraphs, copper or steel wire, and finials of translucent polymer clay in braised copper circles. Lengths vary from 66 to 72″.

VLA—a “very luminous array” of five e*graphic suspensions, now in the Permanent Collection of the Encaustic Art Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Very Luminous Array
VLA, or Very Luminous Array, a group of five encaustigraphic suspensions, now in the Permanent Collection of the Encaustic Art Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Snow fun

Just for fun… e*graphic suspensions with a companion cairn in the snow.

A little picture of e*graphics out in the natural world, just for fun. I do love the colors against the snow. It’s wonderful to be able to add color to the surroundings when in the midst of grey and cold.