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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, September 17th 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 18, 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). I asked Catherine (Cat) to share some words, terms, visuals linked to what was drifting through her world while creating this soundscape, and she shared the following: 



fissure
stillness
heavy air
undulating
crevices
bend
curve
gradation
loud silence
dry earth



Thank you, Catherine, for being such an inspiring artist to collaborate with.

See you during the next desert hike or urban drift.

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.

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