The Matter of Tides, a Paper Installation at Sprout Gallery

Exhibitions, News

For the month of August, I was invited to install a site-specific papermaking installation at Sprout Gallery. Sprout is a cool co-working space, located in Rising Sun Mills in Providence, Rhode Island.

The Matter of Tides is an immersive art installation of handmade paper, inspired by shoreline detritus and plant ecologies of the Narragansett Bay.

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May Babcock - Artist - Paper Installation

{this is ourselves} Under Pressure

Exhibitions

Once a year during the fall time, you’ll find me traveling to the annual conference of Friends of Dard Hunter, an organization connecting anyone interested in hand papermaking. Located in San Francisco for 2014, I was proud to be participating artist in the Member’s Exhibition: {this is ourselves} Under Pressure, curated by Anne Beck of Lost Coast Culture Machine.

Phragmites Australis can be Made into Paper

How-To, Inspiration, Workshops

Phrag is everywhere. And that’s not exactly a good thing. Common reed (Phragmites Australis) is an invasive plant commonly found near waterways and especially near construction sites, ditched marshes, roadside ditches, and other disturbed sites. With such a plentiful fiber used in other areas of the world for papermaking with loaded environmental significance, I decided to process a handful of these monstrous plants into pulp and paper. Keep scrolling for directions on how I turned something unwanted into paper.

pigment pulp painting

Papermaking Class at the AS220 Print Shop

How-To, Projects, Workshops

This past weekend, I was happy to teach the very first Papermaking class at the AS220 Print Shop, here in Providence, Rhode Island. The printshop folk were kind enough to let us invade the silkscreen area with vats of pulp, moulds & deckles, and some serious hand papermaking action.The class was sold-out, and enthusiastic students had a great day learning how to make paper by hand and create fantastic pulp paintings.

San Antonio & Picante Paper Studio

Artist Residencies, News, Travel

Not too long ago, I made a road trip to San Antonio, Texas to see the city and make some pulp paintings at the Picante Paper Studio at the Southwest School of Art. The visit was my award won at the 5th National Collegiate Handmade Paper Art Exhibition, shown at Rutgers and the Corcoran Center. Thank-you Beck Whitehead for being a great host!

Uncharted Territories: A Printscape

Exhibitions, News

As promised, here are photos of the art installations shown in Uncharted Territories: A Printscape, which was part of this past SGC International Printmaking Conference held in New Orleans, Louisiana. This exhibition features emerging artists in South Louisiana, working in printmaking, handmade paper art, fiber art, video, sculpture and more. Enjoy!

printmaking relief woodcut wet paper sheet

Relief Printing with Freshly Made, Wet Paper Sheets

How-To

Last month was the SGCI Printmaking Conference, held here in New Orleans, Louisiana. I (www.maybabcock.com) had the opportunity to be an official demonstrator as part of the conference, thanks to Vanessa Adams, who runs the New Orleans Community Print Shop.

The Secret Life of Paper (Helen Hiebert)

Inspiration

As freshly wet, handmade paper sheet dry, they have a life of their own. Helen Hiebert is an artist who creates small-scale sculptural work using the natural characteristics of drying paper. Take 10 minutes to witness the amazing process that happens as paper reacts to embedded objects and other restraints.

Helen Hiebert’s website for images of her work:
http://www.helenhiebertstudio.com/Helen_Hiebert_Studio/Home.html

and blog:
http://helenhiebertstudio.com/Blog/