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Linda Hutchins' Engineered Ghostlines

Posted on: Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I was thrilled to learn more this past week about the artist Linda Hutchins and her very delicate drawings and ghostly organic forms. Hutchins is one of several textile artists that I am currently exhibiting with in Fiskars, Finland.

Linda Hutchins received a BSE in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan, then wrote software for Intel before returning to school to discover a different way of thinking. At Pacific Northwest College of Art, she earned a BFA in Drawing. Hutchins' work is influenced by a lifelong fascination with textile structures, an engineering mindset, and memories of sailing out of sight of land.

Hutchins has received fellowships from the Oregon Arts Commission, grants from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, and residencies at Caldera. Her exhibitions have garnered national press, including a cover article in American Craft and a review in Art in America. Her work is in private and public collections including the King and Multnomah County Public Art Collections and the Museum of Contemporary Craft. She is represented by Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery in Portland, Oregon.

* above images courtesy of * Linda Hutchins Studio

Mannahatta Project

Posted on: Monday, May 18, 2009

So curious about Wednesday's opening of the Mannahatta Project at the Museum of the City of New York.

"When Henry Hudson and a small crew of Dutch and English sailors rode the flood tide up a great estuarine river on the North American continent on September 12, 1609, they were looking for a passage to Oriental riches. Instead, they found something much more valuable. Mannahatta's natural wealth—the old growth forests, stately wetlands, rolling hills, abundant wildlife, people who lived in tune with nature—was prodigious and deep. The local people called the island "Mannahatta," which may have meant "island of many hills." It would later be known as Manhattan and would become as densely filled with people and avenues as it once teemed with trees and streams."

Mannahatta/Manhattan: A Natural History of New York City will reveal the island of Mannahatta at the time of Henry Hudson's arrival—a fresh, green new world at the moment of discovery. Through cutting edge multi-media and historical artifacts and maps, Mannahatta/Manhattan will re-imagine the quiet, wooded island at the mouth of a great river that was destined to become one of the greatest cities on Earth." (via

A section of the British Headquarters Map showing the southeastern side of the island. The diagonal line leading to Jones’s Hill is modern-day Canal Street (via the New Yorker)

A section of a Farm Map of the Times Square area. The map shows property lines, the names of landowners, and existing houses, as well as planned streets and avenues (via the New Yorker)

The Future Looks Bright and Textured

Posted on: Sunday, May 17, 2009

Christien Meindertsma's used wool from a sustainable sheep ranch in Idaho yields a large knit modular rug

Ezri Tarazi used raw bamboo stalks furnishings/China's Yunnan Province

Ted Muehling carved ivory nut palms necklace from the Micronesian island of Pohnpei

Kate Spade/Bolivian craftsman sustainable fiber handbags

* . . . with these amazing, sustainably-crafted designs from Design for a Living World, which officially opened at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum last night. Talk about enchanting. I could barely drift off to sleep last night, as the future looks so bright and promising. This movie just kept running through my head.

*images via Fast Company's blog

'It Is Beautiful Here' Opens Today

Posted on: Sunday, May 10, 2009

Hibernation 01 (fiber form), Abigail Doan 2008

So very exciting that my recycled textile fiber forms are featured in an international exhibit that opens to the public today in Fiskars, Finland. Although I was not in attendance for the gala opening and press preview of 'It Is Beautiful Here' last night, I do intend to travel to Fiskars with my family this summer to soak in and document the exhibit in person.

Fiskars is an amazing historic village that has a lasting tradition of supporting artisans and craftspersons. I want to extend a special thank you to the curators and organizers of this exhibition, as they have been incredibly lovely to work with. Next up, an exhibition on 'knitting, knotting, and netting' at the Hunterdon Museum of Art this October. What a great year for fiber exploration and travel thus far.

Interior views of Fiskar's Onoma Galleries and The Granary exhibition space

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