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Winter Cornucopia | 02

Posted on: Tuesday, December 16, 2014

'Sifa Silver Turkish Cotton' handmade slippers and pattern from Bazaar Bayar
(sifa silver cotton yarn is available at Figgi Yarns)

The second installment of my winter 'cornucopia' gift guide featuring Lost in Fiber friends and inspirational finds. 


Lost in Fiber handmade shepherd bell wall hangings by Abigail Doan
currently available at the Loup Charmant Community Pop Up in NYC
(contact me directly for details on new pieces and custom orders)

The 'quid feci' plate by Daniel van Dijckdesignboom

Flatware and table settings by Daniel van Dijck | designboom

The alchemically, state-of the art Shabd | Magic Jar Dye Kit

Anything colorful and handmade by Archive New York

*all images courtesy of the artists | designers

Weekend Escape | Hotel Tivoli + Artifacts

Posted on: Friday, November 21, 2014

Lost in Fiber artifacts on the road in the Hudson Valley of New York State

Even though I have been back from Bulgaria for close to three months, I have not been able to set aside time to visit the Hudson Valley and the landscape that is such a part of my rural childhood and creative vision.

Upstairs nook bathed in Hudson Valley light at the Hotel Tivoli

Last weekend I was finally able to set off on a thirty-six hour retreat to stay at the Hotel Tivoli in Dutchess County, New York, while also exploring the local offerings of nearby Hudson.

A multi-hued organic breakfast spread at the Hotel Tivoli

It is so interesting to me how the quality of a region's light (and hues) say so much about a place and the memories that we have stored away as mini-films that we might replay when home again or in the zone. This small selection of photos is a preview of a special Lost in Fiber photoshoot that I did while upstate. 

There will be more of these site-specific, artifact/textile focused narratives as 2015 unfolds. For now, I am relieved to know that some things never change – even with the unsettling news stories that we are confronted with each day.

All photos by Abigail Doan

Ones To Watch | Exhibitions + Material Dialogues

Posted on: Thursday, November 06, 2014

'aspacetositwith' by Zaida Adriana Goveo Balmaseda
(a slow textiles meditation installation featuring hand-stitched black beans)
on view with the Textile Arts Center's Artist in Residence | Cycle 5 (TAC | AIR5)
exhibition opening Thursday, November 6 at SHOW ROOM in Gowanus

Wabi Sabi textile artwork by TAC | AIR5 resident, Joey Korein at SHOW ROOM Gowanus

So many friends are doing and making amazing things currently that I can barely keep up. As an organizational tool or perhaps as a wish list for exhibitions that I hope to see in NYC, here is a small sampling of 'ones to watch' as they push the materials and methods dialogue forward in their own uniquely resourceful and thoughtful ways.

Brece Honeycutt's solo exhibition, 'underfoot' at Knox Gallery in Monterey, MA
(installation photo by Douglas Baz)

'Glitch Textiles' by Phillip Stearns
at Weaving Hand | 47 Hall Street in Brooklyn
(photo by Abigail Doan)

Marcella Echavarria artist | maker | instrumental contributor to 'New Territories' at MAD

Marcella will inspire you beyond belief with this video.

(All images courtesy of the artists and/or noted photographers)

Weekend Escape | Pure Thread Pop Up

Posted on: Friday, October 24, 2014

I honestly cannot believe that the last weekend of October has arrived. Autumn is my absolute favorite season, and I always want to hold on to its goodness and poignant nature for as long as possible. It is a time for being nostalgic and also for considering new options for layering and highlighting beautiful textiles and fiber-based pieces during the months to come.

This upcoming weekend (as the first in our new 'Weekend Escape' postings), I am excited to share that Jill Heller's Pure Thread Pop Up will be open to the ethical fashion and design community at the Bedford Historical Society in Bedford, New York. Everyone is invited, of course, and it will no doubt be an exquisite way to spend a weekend out of the city in order to soak up the beauty of Bedford's historic settlement as well as a stunningly hand-picked line up of ethical fashion designer collections, a selection of home design goods, as well as organic beauty offerings.

Quite often there is an un-natural division between designer stories, the retail experience, and also the myriad details involved in the creation of luxuriously handcrafted items. I think that Jill Heller was wise to locate this event in a setting that speaks to both the beauty and desire we have to simply just be with certain products in order to follow the 'pure threads' that lead us to intuitive and often wise(r) lifestyle choices.

Suzanne Rae, a featured designer at Pure Thread

The Pure Thread Pop-Up is open through this Sunday, 26 October. A full list of designer offerings, updates, as well as location information is featured here. Being a part of a true gathering is certainly a great way to be a part of something both experiential, as fashion these days is so much more than just a pile of fallen leaves to pick through in order to find one worth preserving.

The Material Realm for Spring | Summer 2015

Posted on: Monday, October 20, 2014

Detail of Titania Inglis ceramic petal collaboration with Studio Joo
All handmade elements made in Brooklyn. Photo by Elaine Tian of Studio Joo.

Even though I adopted a 'slow approach' to fashion week events this past September, I was definitely enthusiastically taking note of textile innovation as well as design collaborations that honored handwork, material resourcefulness, and even historic crafting techniques.

My recent article for HAND/EYE Magazine explores just a few of these ideas in the article, The Material Realm for Spring | Summer 2015. Many of my favorite artists, designers, and studio innovators have come together for these featured designs.

Shibori-died jacket as a collaboration between designer Alice Waese 
and in-house dyer and creative assistant, Cara Marie Piazza

Signature handwork – particularly the strategic partnering of visionary artists and designers was, for me, one of the most striking indicators that contemporary fashion can continue inspire us to journey deeper and farther afield when new ideas are reinforced by the experience of artisan hands and traditions that demonstrate the value of staying the course, both aesthetically and technically. The intrigue of handmade solutions and interwoven expressions continues to redefine the possibilities for ‘luxurious’ offerings that also ground us.

You can enjoy the entire article here. Images courtesy of the designers.

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