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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
The 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!
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.
Scoring, folding, tabs and cutouts let you use encaustigraphics for a variety of sculptural forms. This example is quite simple, but imagine using your own images to create luminous 3-dimensional art. The next class is February 13, 2016 at Kalamazoo Book Arts and focuses on a variety of techniques for using e*graphics to make accordion books. Plus, KBAC’s Accordion Book Show is approaching, so come and try making your own folding structure using this luminous material.
We still have a lot of winter ahead, but these encaustigraphs bring color into the house all year long.