Featured IPE Artist: Hélène Bautista Habbot

What was your first experience of printmaking?

My first experience of printmaking was during a workshop with my students in the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris: while they were working, I made an engraving from the painting “Les Raboteurs” by Caillebote, and when I left I knew I wanted to become an engraver and printer.

What are your favourite printmaking processes, and why?

My favourite printmaking process is linocutting. I love the feeling of carving, it releases me from the line and I enjoy making white appearing into the black. I also love the contrasts this medium offers and all the games which are possible while printing.

What inspires you as an artist?

Literature, mostly, and old black and white movies. My prints are also influenced by the music I’m listening to while I’m carving, from classic music to modern tango.

How would you describe your creative process?

Mmm…it usually starts with an image I’ve got in my mind but I cannot describe it, and I have to wait till it comes by itself and then I make a quick sketch. Sometimes I work on it but most of the time I transfer it directly on the plate and then I carve. For carving, I never use more than three gouges on a plate, because I prefer the expressivity I get this way. When the plate is ready, I install my printing stuff and I print a test proof. If it satisfies me, I make the prints; otherwise, I spend a few days looking for what I have to do to get what I want.

What’s the best thing about being a printmaker?

Everything ! I love all the steps of this kind of art, especially the revelation of the image at the first print !

Tell us about your studio…

My studio is a part of the flat where I live, and it takes much space in it: as a matter of fact, I put on ropes on the books shelves to hang up the prints for drying.

What are you working on at present?

I’m working on an artist book which will be a 24 pages album, inspired by and dedicated to my sweet heart; for that, I’m learning typo now. It is entierely illustrated with linocut prints and I intend to propose it to editors as a children book.
I’m also working on illustrations to submit to editors, for whom I would really love to create book covers by linocutting.

What prompted you to take part in the International Print Exchange?

I have already participate the two years before, and the high quality of this exchange prompted me again. The quality of the prints I received, and the quality of the communication from all the IPE team.

What was your inspiration for your IPE print this year?

“Lux” came suddenly while I was working on my artist book, a few hours after I received the IPE notification for submission. I wanted to make light come from darkness, and I chose to make it in a very literary way.


Favourite subject matter?

What I got in mind…

Favourite printmaking paper?

Opal Joop Stoop

Favourite ink?

Oil base ink Joop Stoop

Favourite colour?


Favourite printmaker / artist?



Contact Hélène:

Email address: ha.habbot@noos.fr

Website: http://helenebautista.weebly.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/habbotsillustrations/?fref=ts

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