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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Pulptype Workshops at Women’s Studio Workshop’s (WSW) Summer Art Institute

Workshops

It’s a wonderful thing to come upon a new papermaking technique in your studio, and then have the opportunity to share it with other artists.

This summer and last summer, I’ve taught ‘Pulptypes: Hybrid Papermaking and Printmaking’ at Women’s Studio Workshop, located in New York’s Hudson Valley region. Their Summer Art Institute program invites instructors to teach week-long intensives in their beautiful paper and print studios.

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.