Category Archives: Forms

Posts featuring the wide variety of forms that can be created using encaustigraphics or e-graphics.

Spinners!

E*graphics out-of-doors! I’ve found they can fly pretty vigorously in strong winds, so I’m used painted stones for some additional weight at the bottom. Love when the light comes through them as they spin in the breeze.

4 spinners
Four spinners

Feathers

Still working on improving e*graphic feathers… getting closer! These are sewn to hand-formed copper quills and can stand on their own, which offers some fun display options.

Spring array

After the grey of winter, the colors of e*graphic suspensions against the newly greening trees are a feast for the eyes and heart.

E*graphic suspensions outdoors

Winter beauty

Snowflakes from encautigraphics!

For each of my holiday greetings this year, I enclosed a snowflake made from e*graphic material using a plotcutting device. The material worked beautifully with the blade and the resulting forms feel magical, suspended from lights using a single silver thread.

Floating Leaves mobile

Here’s a mobile using a different type of attachment system that lets the components “grow” upward from a single weighted point. It’s a great form to use with e*graphics since almost anything is heavier than they are—the piece giving weight in this example is just a simple wire pod covered with Japanese tissue, plus a small silver coil with polymer bead, and an e*graphic tail.

Floating Leaves suspension
Floating Leaves suspension

Little Sunflower House

Little Sunflower House
Little Sunflower House

I was asked to submit an artwork for the University of Michigan Health System Employee Show as a family member. Since the first version of Sunflower House was 21″ tall and the height limit for this was 16″, I made a smaller version to send to Ann Arbor. It was an interesting exercise in recreating an artwork, but luckily e*graphics gives the ability to do that! A nice side benefit of the process…

Oak Ogee mobile

I’ve been having a lot of fun learning to create mobiles using music wire and encaustigraphics. They’re a perfect pairing of strength and lightweight color.

Oak ogee mobile
Oak ogee mobile

Sunflower House

Evening sun illuminates an 18″ driftwood construction framing a large encaustigraphic with a beautiful sunflower and its spiral seedhead. Small additions at the base made from glow in the dark polymer clay, and the shadow of a mobile punctuates the front.

Sunflower House
Sunflower House

Simple nothing on a cloudy Sunday

simple nothingThe creative impulse can leave me laughing sometimes… I love to put random pieces of leftover stuff together and this is one that caught my eye today. Even on a cloudy day, e*graphic material is luminous, and this funny construction also highlights how very lightweight it is. With only a dried acorn cap as a base, and a hastily wound piece of leftover copper wire as a support, a small nosegay of color is held jauntily in the air. Magic!

Various accordion forms

Altered lotteria cards make up a sample accordion book
Altered lotteria cards make up a sample accordion book

Encaustigraphics are an interesting medium for accordion books. You can easily bind pages or sections with sewing (either using a machine or by hand) or taping (colorful washi tapes or even “invisible” tape), but the material also scores cleanly to create crisp folds. Below are two examples created for an upcoming class at Kalamazoo Book Arts Center—the first shows a layout that uses the idea of discrete “pages” or sections, and the second features a long flow of imagery divided intuitively and then cut and shaped to create a very sculptural book.

Match:Book
Vintage matchbox covers make up a small accordion book.
Jungle:Book
A continuous flow of imagery is an alternative to individual pages or panels for an accordion structure. Creative shaping adds to the interest.