May Babcock - Hand Papermaking Artist - Book Sculpture - Handmade Paper from plants

Book Constructions & A New Website

General, News

New work! I’ve been experimenting even further with Phragmites Australis, a.k.a., Common Reed. Aptly named, this is an invasive plant species found in North America and here in Rhode Island.

With these new sculptural objects, I chose to process the plants when they are still fresh and green, as opposed to the dried, brown stalks. The paper is surprisingly strong and sturdy! And fairly open to manipulation as they dry, as you can see in this new work.

Also, I have a new look for my artist website! Thanks to Hannah of Orange Barrel Industries for helping out!  Check it out at www.maybabcock.com.

Hollander Beater - Noble & Wood Beater

Phragmites Australis plant fiber being processed in a Noble & Wood Hollander Beater

Mould & Deckle - Papermaking with Plants

Sheet formation!

May Babcock - Hand Papermaking Artist - Book Sculpture - Handmade Paper from plants

Phragmites Construction #2, 2014, Handmade Paper from Phragmites Australis, 14″ x 8″ x 7″

May Babcock - Hand Papermaking Artist - Book Sculpture - Handmade Paper from plants

Phragmites Construction #3, 2014, Handmade Paper from Phragmites Australis, 14″ x 8″ x 7″

May Babcock - Hand Papermaking Artist - Book Sculpture - Handmade Paper from plants

Phragmites Construction #1, 2014, Handmade Paper from Phragmites Australis, 14″ x 8″ x 7″

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