It’s always problematic to use real feathers in art— The Migratory Bird Act forbids the collection or use of feathers, eggs, or nests of any migratory species. While many artists, including myself, are delighted by the find of a stray feather, its use isn’t an option. That’s why I was excited to realize that with e*graphics, I can make any kind of feather I desire, in any colorway or in any size! I’ve made them miniature for jewelry, and large for sculpture. More photos of e*graphic feathers and their uses are sure to be on the horizon!
for a friends who sews aprons. Overall dimension is about 6″ and the tiny hanger was made from 24 gauge wire.
A window full of encaustigraphic creations, glowing in the light of a summer evening.
These flower forms were made by layering hand-drawn outlines with various colored backgrounds, printing, and then turning them into e-graphics. They were cut into the flower shapes and linked to one another with hair-fine copper wire, then suspended from a hook looped through a butterfly clip fastened to the window frame.
Encaustigraphics are easily cut with scissors, rotary cutters, punches or craft knives. This small window decoration (about 4″ on a side) sits on a ledge and glows in the light.
I wanted to use driftwood as a rustic frame to hold an encaustigraphic collage. “Love for Trees in Midwinter” is the result. I also incorporated polymer clay, stone and glass to make this quite an assemblage of colorful and natural materials.
Feathers are one of the most popular forms I’ve made—people often ask, “Is this a real feather?” even though the colors are so wildly fantastical. Real feathers are often problematic —not even legal to own in some cases— but with e-graphic feathers, you can make as many, in as many colors, as you like! Jewelry applications like earrings or hair ornaments are just two possible avenues for exploration, but I love simply hanging them in a window or from the branch of a plant (so lightweight!) to see the colors in the sun or gently moving in the breeze.
The e*process creates material that has a surprising amount of strength and integrity on its own, as well as being easy to manipulate. This accordion book, titled “The Beginning of Illumination,” is made of panels about 4″ square stitched on a sewing machine using regular thread. The feather forms at the top are bound on hardened copper wire “quills” inserted into the edge binding. This was part of the Kalamazoo Book Arts Illustrated Accordion show in 2014.
This encaustigraphic mandala leads off a suspension of playful pieces made from a variety of materials. The e*graphics process combines well with other materials, including beads, polymer clay (especially translucent varieties), driftwood, wire, and found objects. Although the main circle is 8″ in diameter, it is extremely lightweight and moves beautifully in the breeze.