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Lost in Fiber | agency + tools

Posted on: Monday, December 28, 2015

I am thrilled to announce the launch of my new website, Lost in Fiber | agency
In addition to ongoing studio and cultural preservation projects, the development of an 'agency' is really a long-overdue effort to formalize creative conversations that I have cultivated with talented individuals globally. 'Agency' in this instance refers to the role that relationship-building plays in providing solutions and meaningful material exchanges.

The site is organized into the following themes: atmosphere, cultivated, destination, historic, materials + studio life, objects + tools, worn, Lost in Fiber print tools, and Lost in Fiber stories. The edited selection of images represents art and design initiatives from my own archives – this includes documentation of cultural outreach efforts, historic artifacts, travel, styling projects (see worn) as well as a collection of stories that have influenced my development as an artist and collaborator. The news section features interviews, current projects, and announcements for events. The print tools page will be active during early January 2016. More on this soon.

The site is very much a work-in-progress with more documentation to be added, but for now, I am eager to share what I feel is the next step for me in terms of personal community building tied to documented narratives. A special thank you to everyone who has contributed to the development of this creative concept, with inspiration and cheer.

Toolshedding | Material Reflections

Posted on: Thursday, October 22, 2015

'Borders | No Borders 02' | woven drawing + dried vegetation | Abigail Doan (2015)

In response to conversations and dialogues related to my recent Toolshedding installation at Weaving Hand studio in Brooklyn, I am sharing passages from my October 1 artist talk as well as links to a selection of views from the gallery walls. The following passages (in quotes) are my own (material) reflections:

"The concept of Toolshedding grew out of a need for tools and authentic objects that might interweave (or facilitate common material relations) across formal disciplines and locales. 

That is, modern tools that might also serve as border defying agents."

Toolshedding (2015) installation in Brooklyn incorporating Bulgarian shepherd bells, twined textiles from Archive New York, oversized pom-poms created as a collaboration with Zaida of Balmaseda studio in Brooklyn and Puerto Rico, linen fiber donated by artist Brece Honeycutt, and Icelandic sheepskin 'scraps' from the design studio of Titania Inglis.

"Given my travel between the U.S., Bulgaria, and Italy, specifically, I needed to create a nomadic studio kit that might be easily transportable, fluid in terms of the diversity or range of selected objects, and textural when situated into new contexts.

Toolshedding Exhibition | Weaving Hand Gallery

Posted on: Monday, September 14, 2015

detail of a micro-weaving for Toolshedding | Abigail Doan (September 2015)

Please join me for ‘Toolshedding’ at Weaving Hand gallery in Brooklyn, New York, on Thursday, October 1 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. The event will include an artist discussion and a solo exhibition featuring a curated selection of handmade artifacts and textile tools from my traveling studio.

‘Toolshedding’ is an ongoing project exploring the visual archiving and preservation of culturally endangered agricultural and textile objects. As an artist who has lived between the U.S. and Eastern Europe for the past several years, I have been been collecting and working with fiber artifacts, regional textiles, and rural tools in order to explore border-defying design and fashion ideas. This transformative process has helped me to create my own taxonomy of nomadic tools for form-building and travel investigations.

Collected artifacts include shepherd bells from Bulgaria, braided tent rope from Turkey, hand-spun wool from the Hudson Valley, woven banners from Bohemia, folkloric costume elements, vintage embroidery diagrams, and recycled fibers from the studios of global artist and designer friends.

‘Toolshedding’ will remain on view through October 24, 2015.

Weaving Hand gallery is located at
47 Hall Street, Section E#1, 2nd floor | entrance is on 43 Hall Street

Material Dialogues | Summer Patina

Posted on: Wednesday, August 05, 2015

featured piece 'Euphrosyne, 1991 | linen, black tape

with oxidation | verdigris details

Summer Escape | Gela and Rural (Folklore) Traditions

Posted on: Friday, July 24, 2015

Hiking artifact crafted in Gela, Bulgaria

Time and time again, I am deeply inspired by the rural environs of Gela, Bulgaria. As the professed birth place of Orpheus, the stunning landscape surrounding Gela is resonant with the mysterious and primordial overtones of the Rhodope Mountains' agrarian history.

Summer Studio | Portal 01

Posted on: Saturday, July 11, 2015

July 2015 work table with vintage Bulgarian fashion patterns, my favorite book of embroidery motifs, and printed textile scraps from Archive New York

Pattern detail from a Bulgarian icon painting | photo by Abigail Doan

'Make Hay While the Sun Shines' | mixed media | Abigail Doan (2015)

'Soft Fence Line' in progress with recycled textiles scraps | photo by Abigail Doan

All of the above, fueled by fresh cherries and peaches in Bulgaria.

Portal to Summer 2015

Posted on: Thursday, June 25, 2015

A selection of Lost in Fiber artifacts + studio materials for Summer 2015

I will be drifting soon to my summer perch or perches overseas. As usual, the dilemma of how to pack a 'nomadic studio' can be a bit daunting, and in preparation for my upcoming Toolshedding installation this autumn, there seems to be a mix of tools as well as fiber materials in my kit.

Throughout the summer of 2015 I will be posting more updates on Instagram and Tumblr than on my artist blog, so please feel free to follow along for both travel images as well as process musings.

Some of my favorite fiber accessories being archived before travel

See you on the other side of personal research time and slow travel.

Post Pastoral

Posted on: Saturday, May 30, 2015

Lark Ascending II (print) available here

They had me from the very start with the poetic collection name, Post Pastoral. Talented and thoughtful friend, Adele, from Voices of Industry writes:

In February, I began a conversation with Valeda Beach Stull, artist and photographer, as part of a broader inquiry into the pastoral. Our correspondence started with a set of woven objects and a handful of literary and musical references. Valeda responded to each woven object and captured her work on film. 

This new collection of work embodies our dialogue of woven objects, soil, seeds and light as we examined both the beautiful and the brutal, dissonance and synchrony.

Triptych 1 | handwoven three panel triptych with indigo drawing | available here

The Garden (print) available here

Sense of Place (print) available here

Perhaps it goes without saying that visual narratives like this really work for me. Not only am I able to lose myself in layers of detail that transcend the standard product shot or studio visit, but the unexpected intersections of deep(er) craft can emerge in ways that reflect the pining we feel – as modern drifters over local soil or our orderly urban grid.

Read more about Post Pastoral here. All images courtesy of the artists | designers.

ToolShedding | Save the Date

Posted on: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Antique shuttle with collage drawing and threads | Abigail Doan (2015)

I am thrilled to announce that I will be sharing a sampling of my Toolshedding project in a solo exhibition at Weaving Hand gallery in Brooklyn this autumn. Please join me for an opening on Thursday, October 1 and an artist discussion on handmade (studio) artifacts and tools created or gathered while living between the U.S. and Bulgaria for the past several years. The exhibition will remain on view through October 20, 2015.

More process images and updates will be shared throughout the course of the summer. 

Desert Air | Catherine Lauigan

Posted on: Thursday, May 14, 2015

above images courtesy of Catherine Lauigan 

Catherine Lauigan is a multimedia artist currently based in L.A. She was the creator of the soundtrack, Desert Air, which debuted as part of the art installation, Tumbleweed Colony (also the Textile Arts Center's Sewing Seeds 2015 fundraiser). 

Tumbleweed Colony | Drifts into Brooklyn

Posted on: Tuesday, May 05, 2015

The genesis of a flotsam orb | plaited native grass from New Mexico | Abigail Doan (2006)

Tumbleweed Colonyin support of the Textile Arts Center's Sewing Seeds natural dye outreach program, is almost here. Our team of creative contributors and fabricators has been working very hard to explore materials and themes related to bioremediative dye solutions, local color stories, tactile threads, urban air filtering, and wild plant foraging.

Flotsam orb materials collaboration between Abigail Doan + Annelie Berner

Lost in Fiber studio with naturally-dyed fiber and textiles for installation
(dyes provided by Botanical Colors | tubes machine knit at the Textile Arts Center)

Flotsam tubes and mini-orbs being packed for the Tumbleweed Colony install

We are excited to finally come together on the eve of New York Design Week to explore the wilder side of urban living and our role as information (flotsam) gatherers in the landscape. 

Flotsam orb materials collaboration between Abigail Doan + Annelie Berner

As a primer for the evening, please enjoy this interview published by author Amy DuFault for Pratt's Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator journal. Tickets are still available via Eventbrite but are quite literally tumbling out of sight.

Follow along via Lost in Fiber on Instagram to share in the virtual spirit and hues.

Thank you, everyone, for your tremendous support along the design trail.

Tumbleweed Colony | Distillation Process

Posted on: Tuesday, April 21, 2015

'Flotsam Orbs' in progress at the Textile Arts Center | Manhattan
(under the direction of Abigail Doan with kind friends and TAC's textile volunteers)

Interconnected flotsam orbs with laser cut forms from Annelie Berner, data artist at New Inc.

Handmade soap prototypes + foraged terrain finds from The Greater Goods

Multi-hued distillation process at Industry City Distillery in Brooklyn | photo by Abigail Doan

Special edition necklace by Gamma Folk incorporating recycled, naturally dyed fiber scraps

Micro-flotsam orbs in progress at the Textile Arts Center with Ernst Haeckel as inspiration

Collaborative elements for an interactive project with Annelie Berner and Abigail Doan

All of the various components, textures, and tinctures are organically coming together for Tumbleweed Colony, a Sewing Seeds fundraiser at the Wythe Hotel on Thursday, May 7.

Please enjoy some of our process images as well as the distillation of materials we are tinting and tumbling for this unique gathering. Tickets are still available here.

We also thrilled to officially be listed as an event for NYC x Design 2015.

Save the Date(s) | Tumbleweed Colony

Posted on: Monday, April 06, 2015

Tumbleweed Colony | Flotsam Orb in progress | Abigail Doan ( 2015)

Please save-the-date for an upcoming installation project that I am creating in conjunction with the Textile Art Center (TAC)'s Sewing Seeds fundraiser for 2015. 

'Tumbleweed Colony' is a site-specific gathering that will include contributors such as Sasha Duerr of the Permacouture Institute, Lily Piyathaisere of Gamma Folk, Arian Franz of The Greater Goods, Kathleen Dycaico of Gutter Rat Dyeing Co., data artist Annelie Berner, natural dye sponsor, Botanical Colors, and plant stylist, Forage + Sundry.

The event will take place from 7pm to 11pm on Thursday, May 7 in the Main Hall of the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Tickets may be purchased in advance here.

Detail of mohair and gold-dust twine for tumbleweed forms to come

Materials and process images will be shared throughout April and May, as I fabricate a colony of one-of-a-kind flotsam orbs and naturally-dyed machine-knit forms created with the assistance and expertise of TAC's textile community.

I will also host open studio hours at TAC Manhattan's West 8th Street location on April 13, 20, as well as on Earth Day, April 22, 2015. Details about these dates are available here

Drift in and tumble with us. It's a whole new frontier for natural dyes.

Winter to Spring | Emergence

Posted on: Monday, March 02, 2015

Late winter work table arrangement (2015) | Abigail Doan

This winter has been a long one in NYC, but the upside to my hibernating and nesting has been the time to focus on a variety of studio projects that will come to fruition this spring.

I am currently organizing and uploading the Lost in Fiber (2014 – 2015) artifacts library and will soon share a link to a designated .com site featuring a new 'agency' for material collaborations, imagery research, and design outreach initiatives. 

Coupled with this will be a series of print leaflets or mini-journals where the Lost in Fiber tactile experience can be held in one's hands and introduced into one's studio practice.

I am also working on a very exciting project with the Textile Art Center's Sewing Seeds initiative and the date + locale for this project will be announced very soon.

Also, early summer will include a solo installation project and community event with Brooklyn's Weaving Hand gallery + studio. By late June, I expect to be back in Europe.

In the midst of all of this activity, there will be continued travels to select rural and urban locales to document Lost in Fiber artifacts installed temporarily in unique environs.

Until the above is officially online or shared, please feel free to follow along on Instagram for daily imagery or via Facebook for news announcements. I occasionally Tumblr, too, and then some

Thank you everyone for your support throughout the winter months.  It will feel so good to emerge into the spring light and fresh rains soon. Fingers crossed.

Winter Cornucopia | Color Injection 01

Posted on: Saturday, February 07, 2015

Lost in Fiber 'material dialogues' collaboration with Balmaseda
(dress by Sassa Björg in Bulgaria | modeled by Ariel Clay in NYC)

'Where The River Meets The Sea' by Dominic L. Di Mare on view in

Detail of work by Maria Nepomuceno at the Museum of Arts and Design | NYC

Detail of Joyce J. Scott's beaded work at the Museum of Arts and Design | NYC

*all photos by Abigail Doan

Winter Samplings

Posted on: Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Detail of wheat sheaves in Amy Franceschini's installation

Sunday afternoon tea break with Nick Night's 'Flora' and plastic bag twining in progress

Armita Raafat's Untitled, 2012 in 'Sampling' 
curated by Dara Meyers-Kingsley at Pavel Zoubok Gallery

Preview of winter cornucopia textures for Lost in Fiber 'material collaborations'
encaustic on panel by Abigail Doan + hand-knitting by Courtney Cedarholm

I have been the laziest 'blogger' ever these past few weeks, and perhaps this is a function of simply doing rather than musing about what needs to get done currently. Either way, I did want to share several images from recent gallery visits and also studio snippets of material collaborations that are underway. Early February will bring announcements regarding Lost in Fiber global events, publications, and travels for 2015. 

You can always follow my daily postings via Lost in Fiber on Instagram.

All above photos by Abigail Doan.

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