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Home and Environs

Posted on: Saturday, August 23, 2014

Re-nesting, unraveling, and considering things anew.

See you in early September (from NYC and environs).

Late Summer Originals

Posted on: Thursday, August 14, 2014

Ongoing inspiration from Mr. Larkin in Copenhagen for AW 2014 | photo by Emil Jupin

I have so many friends doing amazing studio projects and events these days, I can barely keep up. Given that I am in the midst of transitioning my family and studio back to NYC for the year, I thought that I would share some inspiring news from several artist and designer friends who are located in both the U.S. and Europe.

Even if you cannot visit these exhibitions or locations in person, I am hoping that you will be energized by just how passionate they all are about their creative materials and methods.

Sasha Duerr's recent Oakland studio interview for In The Make | photos by Klea McKenna

Archive New York's new handwoven home textiles collection created
 in collaboration with the non-profit Maya Traditions in Guatemala

Romanian fashion design label Lana (for Photoliu) ethinic-textile chair recently featured here

Architect and designer Margarita Mileva of M2 Jewelry who will have a solo exhibition 
at SKLADA showroom in Sofia, Bulgaria | opening August 21 thru the 30th

The release of Strange Plants edited by Zio Baritaux with layout by Folch Studio
(images by Stephen Eichhorn via T Magazine)

Mandy Greer's 'The Ecstatic Moment' at the Hudson River Museum
on view through September 14, 2014

Mission Blue and 'The Water Story' at ABC Home in NYC | photo by Leif Huron

More reviews of events and exhibitions are coming in September.

Resurfacing Old Finds

Posted on: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lost in Fiber work table in Sofia | late July 2014

Part of the beauty of packing one's belongings and slowly transitioning to a new locale are the discoveries that one makes when sorting through collected objects and memories.

I am currently editing the 'best of the best' when it comes to the artifacts, forms, and materials that have been part of the Lost in Fiber process since September 2013. Not everything can travel with me from Sofia to NYC, so I really need to think about what is essential to the current narrative of the project.

So much of what makes sense is context sensitive, but given that this project is also about new material relationships and an effort to make the virtual more tactile, I have matured to the idea that previous definitions of what worked or felt essential needed to adapt or evolve.

A Lost in Fiber bundled module ready for travels  – includes 'scraps'
from Study NY, Cara Marie Piazza, and Doug Johnston's Brooklyn studios

I am really trying to preserve the openness of Lost in Fiber and those striking moments on the worktable when things just sort of click but not necessarily in terms of a resolved or final art form. Rather, the spirit of certain intersections and the resurfacing of old finds is what seems to drift to the top and begs to be remembered or included. This is the sifting that is currently going on, and this is what feels natural in terms of also capturing and sharing the best of a nomadic (studio) existence. 

For some, all of this might seem rather noncommittal or self-involved, but for me, it reflects the creative dialogues that I first observed online between individuals whose work I was drawn to and wished might co-exist in a new way.

The archiving and packing of my own flotsam with a print from slow creations in Sweden

Everything now seems to support everything else. Today's traveling archive has a depth and versatility that also makes the world seem a bit smaller. Social media did not facilitate this cohesiveness, but rather my own day-to-day living with studio remnants or scraps gathered through connections made via social media and community networking. 

Stay tuned for more interviews, event updates, and news regarding the first book in the 'Lost in Fiber' archives series this autumn. See you on new shores soon.

Summer Intersections

Posted on: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Nordsee (Germany, 2006) | Josef Hoflehner Photography

Lucy Simpson | 'Materials Led' Textiles | photo via Lucy Simpson

Gamma Folk | 2014 Collection Three | photo courtesy of Gamma Folk

Summer is all about the intersection of good (handmade) things and experiences that go beyond the surface. Please enjoy a selection of a few favorite makers and current projects that are inspiring me during the depths of July.

Ethical Travel Accolades

Posted on: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Rila Monastery | Рилски манастир | July 2014 | photo by Abigail Doan

I just wanted to send a special thank you to editor and writer, Starre Vartan of Eco Chick and Eco Chick Escapes for featuring Lost in Fiber's Instagram feed in her best of Ethical/Global Travel write up. This is such a honor for me as Starre has been such a pioneer in the green design and organic lifestyle movement from the very beginning.

As I prepare my caravan to transition back to the U.S. soon, it is always interesting for me to observe how color, light, and texture reflect new territory and daily activities. This, for me, is the beauty of having a nomadic studio and family existence. Beauty and poignant details are everywhere, if you stop to look in the crevices of surfaces we often traverse so casually.

Lost in Fiber | Interview | Cara Marie Piazza

Posted on: Thursday, July 10, 2014

Cara Marie Piazza natural dye collaboration with Loup Charmant

This is the second installment in an ongoing series of interviews with Lost in Fiber materials contributors. In the case of Brooklyn-based natural dyer and textile designer, Cara Marie Piazza, I was curious to learn more about the range of objects that Cara artfully surrounds herself with, her innovative methods of foraging and exploring color, and the creative ways that she resourcefully navigates her world.

AD: Might you share five objects or artifacts that you currently have in your studio or home – particularly as forms that you feel resonate with your studio work and current investigations?

CM: Dried flowers and seed pods; the book Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol Lewitt; a Pyrite rock formation; wood blocks; and a Tuareg medallion from a recent trip to Marrakech.

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