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Kraftmaking the Future | Transylvania

Posted on: Sunday, July 29, 2018

research for Walking Libraries at 'Kraftmaking the Future' in Transylvania

I am so thrilled to announce my participation in a mid-summer workshop in Cincu, Brasov County, Romania. This week long gathering in Transylvania has been organized by KraftMade cultural preservation and craft/textiles studio. In addition to other workshops, my Walking Libraries project will be shared as an immersive experience for place-making observation and rural documentation.

The Walking Libraries 2016 – 2018 online archive is now an open online resource for artifacts and materials research on and in partnership with the land. Submissions are accepted and will be reviewed from both rural and urban regions. 


KraftMaking the Future: Fibers and Foraging Heritage in Transylvania is a workshop taking place during 29 July – 5 August in Cincu for a selection of the best MA students of the Fashion Design Department/University of Arts and Design, Cluj-Napoca. This workshop aims to show, theoretically and practically, how sustainable practices and connection to culture and place narratives can be integrated in the fashion industry and creation of textiles. Results of the workshop and documentary will be presented first at Textile Arts Center (New York) and University of Arts and Design (Cluj-Napoca).

Workshop concept and host: Soxen Association, KraftMade
Lecturers and workshop materials: Abigail Doan (USA), Zayaan Khan (South Africa), Victoria Manganiello (USA), Marlene Stanciu (Romania). Filmmaker: Kristin Kremers (USA). Project coordination on behalf of University of Arts and Design/Fashion Design Department: Prof.univ.dr. Elena Basso Stănescu and Conf.univ.dr. Lucian Broscățean.
Cultural project co-funded by AFCN. *The project does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. AFCN is neither responsible for the content of the project, nor the way in which the results of the project can be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the funding beneficiary.
A special thank you also to our event sponsor: Domeniile Averești.
Workshop partners include: the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn/NYC Fashion Design Department/ Universitatea de Artă şi Design din Cluj-Napoca / UADEvangelic CA Parish Cincu, Primaria Comunei CincuMesteshukar ButiQ - MBQ.

'Kraftmaking the Future' workshop announcement artwork by Aitch 

More workshop documentation and details to come. Follow Kraftmade on Instagram here.

New Editions | Aggregate Travels

Posted on: Saturday, May 26, 2018

Walking Libraries editions  [ 2018 ]  |  Abigail Doan

I am just settling in after a week of solo travel in the American Southwest and time visiting locations that have inspired me for close to two decades. 

This itinerary included: Mountainair and Three Rivers, NM; White Sands National Monument; the drive south to Marfa, TX and the Davis Mountains; the drive north to the Guadalupe Mountains near Salt Flat, TX on to Roswell, NM; and finally closing the desert loop with Santa Fe and Abiquiú. 

This trip was very much about re-visiting those coordinates and locations that provide continuity in my land-based research and the subsequent atmospheric documentation.

I came across this quote by Lucy Lippard, while on the road, and it overlaid nicely with my current interest in editions that are print-based (photographic) as well as artifact-like in their handmade, geo-logical nature.

"A piece of paper or a photograph is as much an object, or as 'material' as a ton of lead." 
– Lucy R. Lippard

Enjoy this sequence of imagery, as I feel that it truly conveys how I feel as an artist whose process is a slow and steady aggregate of materials and observations over a span of time.

Mountainair, NM | 2006–2018 | ph. Abigail Doan

[  Mountainair is where I did this residency in September of 2006 ]

[ The LAND/an art site book is findable here ]

Abo Salinas Ruins, Mountainair, NM | 2018 | ph. Abigail Doan

White Sands National Monument, NM | 2018 | ph. Abigail Doan

'Hyperobjects' @ Ballroom Marfa | Marfa, TX, 2018 | ph. Abigail Doan

Marfa, as is | 2018 | ph. Abigail Doan

Marfa, as is | 2018 | ph. Abigail Doan

Leaving Marfa, TX en route to Roswell, NM | 2018 | ph. Abigail Doan

Rocket debris by Robert H. Goddard, Roswell, NM | 2018 | ph. Abigail Doan

Spacelandings encounter en route to Galisteo, NM | 2018 | ph. Abigail Doan

Rocks near Ojo Caliente, NM | 2018 | ph. Abigail Doan

You can also view more documentation + studio process + travel photos via Instagram.

Winter to Spring | Seasonal Transition

Posted on: Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Walking Libraries | print series 2016 - 2018 | photo: Abigail Doan (NYC)

Seasonal news – from my Brooklyn studio to upcoming events in NYC and beyond. 

I am excited to share that I am currently working from a new space in Bushwick where I can finally delve back into work that has been in storage and will be re-visited as part of ongoing materials research and textiles experimentation. I will share more images of work-in-progress, but the excavation of these layers has been energizing as March concludes.

Walking Libraries (2016-2018) artifacts + materials photo: Abigail Doan (NYC)

During the month of April, I will be finalizing the edits for a print folio featuring select images from Walking Libraries (2016-2018). It is wonderful to review this work in great detail as I transition to creating hand-formed clay 'traces' of some of the artifacts and found forms.

May is design month in NYC, and I am thrilled to share that last year's, In The Steps of Folly Cove at Russell Janis Gallery, will take on new life in the showing of Folly Cove Follow Up, a textile print and design upholstery exhibition co-curated by Annie Coggan and Janis Stemmermann. There will be an opening and auctioning of the final pieces on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Previews to come.

Notes from Season 01 + Season 02 | an olfactory art project with Atelier de Geste

I am also finally closing in on the final details for a commissioned scent created by Beau Rhee of Atelier de Geste. June 2018 is our goal for releasing this olfactory art edition of atmospheric tools inspired by two seasons. The project has evolved slowly, mirroring both Walking Libraries (2016-2018), as well as conversations regarding sustainable bodies and movement. I look forward to sharing this new initiative embedded within my evolving studio practice and the subsequent feedback from my community.

Spring still life vignette in my NYC home studio

And lastly, I am working diligently to update my artist website as well as Lost in Fiber | agency's archive and news, as the second half of 2018 will be focused on outreach initiatives in NYC as well as pockets of rural Europe. 

Day to day updates on projects and process/materials investigations are always viewable on Instagram via Abigail Doan Studio and Lost in Fiber | agency

Sending fresh spring wishes and trails of inspiration to all.

Anatomy Series | New Works on Paper

Posted on: Monday, February 19, 2018

Anatomy 01 | Abigail Doan [ 2017 ]

I am pleased to announce that two works on paper from my Anatomy Series [ 01 + 02 ] are currently available at Russell Janis Gallery in Brooklyn. These collage drawings are made from recycled scientific prints with graphite and soft pigment on Japanese paper.

This work is from the Potters and Printmakers exhibition at Russell Janis in December 2017.

Please contact the gallery for further information and to learn more about future projects.

2017 to 2018 | Shedding Light

Posted on: Thursday, December 21, 2017

Traces of an Imaginary Walk | Abigail Doan (2017)

Today, on the Winter Solstice, there is a transition both celestially as well as practically, regarding our outlook and vision for the days to come. In this spirit, I am sharing several highlights from the past year as I look ahead to an even more resolved understanding of the placement (role) of objects and materials in my creative practice.

This past year found me experimenting with new materials: clay, print, scent (essences), as well as revisiting fiber as more of a connective tool rather than a sculptural endpoint.

I was also fortunate to collaborate with creatives like Beau Rhee of Atelier de Geste, Brece Honeycutt of On a Colonial Farm, Elizabeth Hohimer of APYNB, Elizabeth Brunner of Piece x Piece, Janis Stemmerman of Russell Janisand Katrina Rodabaugh (during her residency at Instar Lodgeas well as examining my studio process more closely with a Succurro fellowship, An Artist Residency in Motherhood, and a Spring 2017 community gathering for environmental activism and movement practice at MoMA PS1.

Pioneer | Scent Exploration + Activism

Posted on: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

PIONEER worktable documentation | photo: Abigail Doan, 2017

I am excited to share news of an olfactory art | scent project that I have had in the works since 2016. PIONEER was conceived as a sensory-based tool that would re-invigorate my artistic practice by aiding excursions for Walking Libraries 2016/17 as well my own dis-ease in the current environmental and political climate. 

I commissioned studio Atelier de Geste, to design a two part scent kit that could be utilized in both urban and open rural spaces as well as interior zones to help prompt a feeling of centeredness as well as clarity regarding environmental (art) activist strategies. PIONEER will be released during the late winter of 2018, paired with images from Walking Libraries and the atmospheric observations that surfaced.

'This scent commission, PIONEER, is designed for both personal use (for an artist) and to be nestled within an artist’s creative practice. Responding to Abigail Doan’s personal history and her involvement in environmental activism, the scent is created in two seasons (winter / summer) or iterations. Due to her extensive practice of walking as an art form, the key notes in both scents evoke ecological cues of particular spaces that inform her future strategies of interfacing with the environment. They are two very distinct scents in dialogue, attributes of the seasons, that also propel the audience into a type of motion forward, echoing the artist’s practice.' – Beau Rhee, artist/designer and director of Atelier de Geste

[ The above excerpt is from Atelier de Geste's project archives, with mood boards created by Beau Rhee during our 2016/17 dialogues.]

Materials research for PIONEER @abigaildoanstudio

More news to come, but you can also follow along via #ProjectPioneerScent on Instagram.

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