Category Archives: Forms

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

Very Luminous Array prototype

The tallest e*graphics grouping to date! Catching the glow of the afternoon sun, these suspensions measure over 6′. {Note: these were the first of the creations that eventually evolved into VLA (Very Luminous Array) installation I created for the Permanent Collection of the Encaustic Art Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico. See how the final piece turned out here.}

E*graphic suspension array
A gathering of e*graphic suspensions in the afternoon light.

Early Light

Photographing e*graphics can be tricky… they come alive when the light shines through them, but that same illumination can take over the light meter on a camera. Early and late light (along with using the camera’s manual settings) offer moments to capture a creation at its best and this morning’s sun cooperated beautifully.

Early morning light illuminates an e*graphic suspension
Early morning light illuminates an e*graphic suspension


Joyful——an encaustigraphic suspension

Update November 15, 2018: this piece just sold!

This new suspension was just sent off to the Encaustic Art Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I’m very excited to have this piece, titled “Joyful,” on display. Attachment points are sewn with fishing swivels to give it more movement, with the circumference of the top portion at 4.5″, and an overall length of 48″, giving it a long, graceful look.


E*graphics out-of-doors! I’ve found they can fly pretty vigorously in strong winds, so I 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


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