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Meandering Trails

Posted on: Monday, July 29, 2013

Fallen plums with rooftop moss in my neighborhood

I have this small problem when I am working on long terms projects. I spot little events and happenings on a daily basis, and this is almost a distraction from the work that I am trying so diligently to complete. I have learned to simply view these moments as signs that all is on track or flowing, but I will not deny that random beauty is also a major distraction for me.

Silver-toned lichen on Mount Vitosha in Bulgaria

Lichen covered rocks on the ascent to Cherni Vruh

Yesterday morning during a hike on Mount Vitosha, I tried to simply focus on the trail and the breezes that cooled me off during a hot July excursion. But as usual, complex textures and subtle hues would make me stop dead in my tracks.

Mountain wildflowers and lichen on Mount Vitosha

I even carried these wildflowers and lichen fragments halfway down the mountain before documenting their exquisite fusion and nesting them in a shady pocket along a stone wall.

Preliminary image for 'Lost in Fiber: The Gathering' (Abigail Doan, 2013)

I like the idea that 'drifting fiber' and 'drawing with fiber' are acts that keep pulling me through space. I also like the scale shifts that occur when something typically overlooked or cast-off becomes the focus of an experience. All trails inevitably seem to connect for me, and this creative course still demonstrates momentum and direction despite the 'getting there'.

My next project, 'Lost in Fiber: The Gathering' (a working title) will explore these ideas even more. Meandering will be a part of process but in a way that also demonstrates why slower methods and being inclusive makes good sense in the long run. More on this soon.

Summer Interlude: These Are The Days To Remember

Posted on: Saturday, July 20, 2013

Summer succulents at twilight in Sofia 

The days to come will be quieter for me in terms of regular posts as I savor the summer tempo and work on some projects that I need to have finalized by early September.

The water tower near my home in Sofia 

I have a small book project in the works (volume one, that is), so stay tuned for information on this in the weeks to come. I am also hoping to have my new artist website ready soon.

My neighbor's car in Sofia overtaken by botanicals

Given that I will be traveling to rural areas during August and early September, you can always enjoy my discoveries on LostinFiber / Instagram as well as Tumblr.

Wishing everyone lots of sunshine, wildflowers underfoot, and good summer meals, too.

These are the days to remember. All photos by Abigail Doan.

Pioneering Abstraction

Posted on: Monday, July 15, 2013

Open weave wireframe chair via Simply Grove and Plain Living on Flickr

All of the above are designs, images, and objects that I am looking at this week.

To be a pioneering abstractionist. Such a beautiful endeavor.

Sofia Design Week 2013: The Balkan Date Fashion Focus

Posted on: Thursday, July 11, 2013

As part two of my review of Sofia Design Week 2013, I wrote a more fashion-focused story for The WILD Magazine. You can find it hereYou can also read the part one review on with additional photos on my blog.

(above images: Tzuri Gueta, courtesy of Testa Gallery in Sofia, Bulgaria)

Fusing Our Realities

Posted on: Sunday, July 07, 2013

Thread wrapped pine cone on my work table with a photo of Yayoi Kusama's 'Suit'

Last week was an amusing one for me as I was deep into new projects in my studio workspace while also keeping a watchful eye on the Fall/Winter 2013 Haute Couture presentations in Paris. One could not pair two more extreme events, but then again I am not following the runway shows as someone interested in fashion per se but rather as an observer of how other makers aim to fuse our realities.

I tend to spend a ridiculous amount of time each day looking at images from fashion and design studios – whether on blogs, in news stories, or occasionally in print magazines.

This obsession is often more of a pre-occupation with better understanding excess and the ways that we dismiss the material wisdom of mundane objects and style expressions, and in turn, the environmental impact of this failure to ultimately connect and fuse with nature.

Illustration by Marlen Keller

If we are not able to envision ourselves as key participants in what is being illustrated or proposed on today's fashion runway – we might never be pro-active or reactive, i.e. better informed about what luxury houses, their artisans, and advertisers are toiling to express. 

Chanel re-inventing the Grand Palais is basically hubris, but it is a phenomenon that might explain why an understanding of couture craftsmanship and the handwork involved makes perfect sense in a world gone mad. It is slow, time-honored design, and an occasion that allows us to wander a dense forest of desire amidst the trees that continue to shade and fuse our dappled and dis-jointed realities.

(Image courtesy of Chanel)

For readers interested in this topic, you might enjoy an article I wrote for EcoSalon in 2011 called, Is Haute Couture the New Diversity in Fashion?

Sofia Design Week 2013: The Balkan Date

Posted on: Thursday, July 04, 2013

Handknit wearable sculpture by Dalibor Sakic
on view in 'In A Nutshell' at Project SAMCA (photo by Abigail Doan)

I was fortunate to be in Sofia during the latter half of Sofia Design Week in late June. This year's theme was 'The Balkan Date' and the celebration of handcraft as well as concepts related to 'the new folklore' was very exciting.

Please enjoy my review of a selection of designs for as well as a few extra photos that I have added to this blog posting. The raw spaces at Project SAMCA were also so inspiring.

Another view of  Dalibor Sakic's work at Project SAMCA (photo by Abigail Doan)

 'In a Nutshell' exhibition with typography by Croatian designers (photo by Abigail Doan)

'Ariadne's Thread' by Koomigraphics as part of  'Crisis is a Greek Word' 
at Project SAMCA (photo by Abigail Doan)

Evgeniya Tsancova's 'Tied' fiber accessories on view at Ecru Shop (photo by Abigail Doan)

Tzuri Gueta organic forms at Testa Gallery in Sofia

Follow The New Thread

Posted on: Monday, July 01, 2013

Studio view (Sofia, July 2013) / photo by Abigail Doan

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