Lost in Fiber | art + materials + spaces

Lost in Fiber | materials + process + spaces

Open Studio with Sienna Road

Posted on: Friday, November 08, 2019

horsehair bundle for materials experimentation | Abigail Doan studio (2019)

detail of knotted horsehair on amate paper from Mexico | Abigail Doan studio (2019)

I am thrilled to share news of my open studio event in conjunction with Sienna Road's pop up art + design exhibition at 72 Warren Street in Tribeca/NYC next week. I will be on-site on Thursday, November 14 from midday onwards and then hosting an informal dialogue + materials share over cocktails from 6 to 8pm.

Feel free to follow along via Instagram at Abigail Doan Studio as well as Sienna Road. Hope to see you there! 

restored wooden shuttle with twined horsehair | Abigail Doan studio (2019)

In the Steps of Folly Cove @ UVM

Posted on: Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Detail of In The Steps of Folly Cove at the Francis Colburn Gallery, University of Vermont

block printing test for In the Steps of Folly Cove at Russell Janis

Congratulations to artist/curator/printmaker, Janis Stemmerman (also the creative director of Russell Janis Project Space in Brooklyn) for the recent opening of 'In the Steps of Folly Cove' at the Francis Colburn Gallery, University of Vermont. This print invitational exhibition was first shown at Russell Janis in 2017, and an accompanying catalogue (available here) describes the story of the original Folly Cove Designers and their mission as a collective.

The Folly Cove Designers (1941-1969), one of America’s longest-running artist collectives, was the product of a 1938 exchange between neighbors in Folly Cove, in Gloucester, Mass. Renowned children’s book author and illustrator Virginia Lee Burton Demetrios (of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel fame) traded design lessons in exchange for violin lessons for her sons, leading community- wide design classes and eventually the formation of the eponymous, juried block print guild. The group was propelled to International fame through commercial contracts with major retailers, articles in LIFE Magazine and participation in seminal craft exhibitions.

printed panels installed at Russell Janis project space in 2017

It was such a learning experience for me to participate in the printing of the panels created for the original as well as this current exhibition. My carved linoleum block appears above and was then repeat printed on Belgian linen (below) at the Russell Janis atelier.

In the Steps of Folly Cove @ UVM is on view through October 25, 2019

Enviro Art Books as Micro Ecologies

Posted on: Tuesday, September 17, 2019

A recent entry in my Medium journal on 'Enviro Art books as Micro Ecologies',  featuring curatorial notes on the book as systems within the ecological realm. Archived materials from 2009 re-formatted for 2019.

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