May Babcock, handmade paper, papermaking artist

Installation at Paperworks Pop-Up Gallery in Providence

Exhibitions

In or around the Providence, Rhode Island this January? I’m happy to announce an installation of new papermaking artwork at the Paperworks downtown storefront.

On view are 6 handmade paper works. Each has a portion of previously made works (ranging from cast pulp prints, silkscreen prints, seaweed books, river mud books) embedded in transparent abaca fiber.

More interesting, in this alternative space, it was exciting to view these as 2-sided works. Depending on the lighting and time of day, these paper pieces transform dramatically. I’m still planning on stopping by a few more times to see how they change!

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.

pulp painting artist - May Babcock - handmade paper

Studio Textures, Pulptypes, and a Noble & Wood Beater

General, Inspiration

Happy 4th! Enjoy some detail shots of what’s going on my studio recently. Lots of small pulp painting/pulptype experiments and making friends with my new(ish) beater. Yep, I now have a little monster of a Noble & Wood Hollander Beater.

Land Studies: paper art by May Babcock

Land Studies: New Work by May Babcock

Exhibitions, News, Projects

I’m happy to announce my latest show, Land Studies, a solo exhibition of  my new papermaking work at the AS220 Project Space Gallery in Providence. It’s my first Rhode Island art show! Take a look at my new pulp paintings and  sculptural papermaking installations based on sites around Rhode Island and coastal New England.

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.

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.