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Lost in Fiber | editions profile 01

Posted on: Thursday, December 05, 2019

Cardamom Collective x Kakaw Designs artisan made, naturally-dyed pom poms from Chajul, Guatemala  

[ photographed by Abigail Doan of Lost in Fiber | editions on a vintage book of Bulgarian embroidery patterns ]

It has been more than a year, or perhaps years now, since I adopted the ‘Lost in Fiber’ moniker. As many art and design friends know, I hesitate to call myself a fiber artist or textile artist at this juncture, as I am not focused on the mastery of any specific technique within the realms of these practices. The ‘getting lost’ aspect of exploring fiber’s materiality is what lured me in initially as well as its potential as a cultural connector and crafting matrix for modern artifacts and handmade objects. A sustained interest in highlighting the authenticity and regional specificity of fiber is what continually keeps me engaged in ways that also reflect my environmental concerns/research. It is in this spirit that I share a medley of materials recently featured as part of an art/design showcase with Sienna Road in NYC.

You can read more about the crossover between materials, methods, and places in this Lost in Fiber editions profile, featured on my Medium writing journal.

You can also follow Lost in Fiber on Instagram and Tumblr.

Open Studio with Sienna Road

Posted on: Friday, November 08, 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

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