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.

Sculptural Papermaking Workshop at AS220

General, How-To, Inspiration, Workshops

After a run of some popular basic hand papermaking classes at the AS220 Print Shop, a sculptural papermaking class seemed to make sense. Pulp painting is fantastic, but so is taking advantage of the artistic potential of paper to be three-dimensional. Working with paper pulp or freshly formed, wet sheets opens up a world of sculptural techniques that utilize how wet paper sheets dry and the remarkable memory that paper fibers have. Lindsey Beal and I had a great time showing a range of sculptural techniques in this debut class. Check out some photos from the workshop!

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!

Channels: A Collaborative Paper and Video Art Installation

Exhibitions, News, Projects

Channels: by May Babcock, Sarah Hayman, Jessie Hornbrook and Megan Singleton. This past March, I was part of a collaborative handmade paper and video art installation, Channels, which coincided with the SGC International Printmaking 2012 Conference in New Orleans. Channels is part of the art exhibition, Uncharted Territories: A Printscape, which featured emerging artists from South Louisiana working in printmaking based mediums. More photos of the whole show HERE.

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/