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.
Phragmites Australis plant fiber being processed in a Noble & Wood Hollander Beater
Phragmites Construction #2, 2014, Handmade Paper from Phragmites Australis, 14″ x 8″ x 7″
Phragmites Construction #3, 2014, Handmade Paper from Phragmites Australis, 14″ x 8″ x 7″
Phragmites Construction #1, 2014, Handmade Paper from Phragmites Australis, 14″ x 8″ x 7″