Artist Residency in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, Montana

Artist Residencies

This past August, I completed a week-long Artist in Residence program with the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation where I hiked, drew, identified plant species, and made handmade paper on site from responsibly collected materials.

The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness is protected area of nearly a million acres on the Montana-Wyoming border, and the largest generally intact ecosystem in the temperate world.

I was lucky enough to be situated deep in the mountain range at the Box Canyon Cabin forest ranger station, hours away from the world of blogging and light-switches. To say the experience was unforgettable is an understatement.

So, I’ll leave you with images from the residency, an artists’ book, and a few smaller works. I’m very much looking forward to creating new work about this special place.

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Box Canyon Cabin

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View from behind the cabin

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Oxeye Daisy is a listed invasive species in the area, so I used this for papermaking fiber.

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Rainy morning from inside the cabin.

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My favorite rock for beating fiber.

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Natural dyes

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On a day hike.

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Willow bark bast fiber

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Oxyeye Daisy, cut-up and ready for cooking.

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Cooking fiber set-up

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Some natural dyes

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Covered porch for drying handmade papers on pellons.

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I had a chance to view the solar eclipse at nearly 10,00ft on the Beartooth Highway near Red Lodge, MT.

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Artist Book

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A series of diptychs, more details at maybabcock.com

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3 thoughts on “Artist Residency in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, Montana

  1. Looks like a fabulous residency.
    Can I ask – I noticed your use of Abaca fibres – is that your choice through its qualities or through enviromental concerns? In my experiments I’ve been using recycled cotton rag.
    And, did I notice in your cooking pot a variety of fibres being cooked up at the same time? So far I’ve tended to do one at a time, but obviously thats very time comsuming.
    best wishes Sue (in the UK)

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