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Fearless Dreaming at House of Organic NYC

Posted on: Monday, December 14, 2009

Mixed media drawing/ fiber installation by Abigail Doan and Meiling Chen as part of the 'Fearless Dreaming' exhibit at House of Organic in NYC this past weekend

Fiber forms by Abigail Doan and stitch/cloth drawing by Meiling Chen

'Fearless Dreaming' ideas related to eco fiber art and sustainable fashion

'Fearless Dreamer', designer Meiling Chen, visits with guests at the weekend's open house (sculpture by Sara Hubbs in foreground)

Fabulous and fearless shoe sculpture by Sara Hubbs

Designer Meiling Chen (in reflection) with her print illustrations and sustainable fashion collection

'Winged' recycled shoe sculpture by Sara Hubbs

Bejeweled Vegetation by Artist Amy Gross

Posted on: Friday, October 30, 2009









* all images courtesy of artist Amy Gross

East West Fleece by Karen Ciaramella

Posted on: Tuesday, October 27, 2009

'Centered' by Karen Ciaramella (wool, canvas)

'Play of Consciousness Installation' by Karen Ciaramella (Venice, Italy 2006)

So thrilled to meet fiber artist and sculptor Karen Ciaramella at the opening for Knitted, Knotted, Netted at The Hunterdon Museum of Art. Her intuitive use of combed fleece and wool roving is more than magical - it is transcendent. Karen studied fiber and textile art in the US and Italy as well as Eastern philosophy in India. Her hands-on process reflects this interesting fusion of 'give and take' when it comes to working with organic materials. The artist will soon be exhibiting in the upcoming exhibit, Uncommon Threads at Seton Hall University's Walsh Gallery. Visit Karen Ciaramella's website to view more stunning work.

'ShriTransmigration' by Karen Ciaramella (wool installation)

'ConnectionDisconnection' by Karen Ciaramella (Venice, Italy 2005)

Knitted Knotted Netted Opening

Posted on: Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hunterdon Art Museum exterior in October 2009

'Knitted, Knotted, Netted' curated by Hildreth York

Pat Hickman video, 'The Gates' (1991-1994)

Ann Coddington Rast's 'Longing' installation

Work by Pat Hickman (foreground) and Karen Ciaramella (background)

Work by Pat Hickman (foreground) and Ann Coddington Rast (background)

Karen Ciaramella's wool forms/installation

Karen Ciaramella's 'Divine Goddess'

Carol D. Westfall's 'This Crowded Planet' series

Carol D. Westfall's 'This Crowded Planet' (detail)

Abigail Doan 'Fiber Flotsam' series (foreground) and Leslie Pontz crochet wire sculpture (background)

Abigail Doan 'Fiber Flotsam' series (foreground) and Leslie Pontz crochet wire sculpture (background)

Ruth Marshall's 'Coral Snake Series'

A special thanks to Knitted, Knotted, Netted's curator Hildreth York for her vision and unique way of allowing artists to come together to weave a greater collective story.

Curator Hildreth York presenting in front of work by Norma Minkowitz

Ann Coddington Rast's Wovens

Posted on: Thursday, October 15, 2009

'Lobes' (2006), twined linen and 64-strand Japanese braid by Ann Coddington Rast

'44 Blackbirds (2007), excerpt, twined linen and gesso by Ann Coddington Rast

'Romeo and Juliet (2009), twined linen by Ann Coddington Rast

'Head Cage (2007), random woven willow and twined linen by Ann Coddington Rast

Another intriguing fiber artist featured in Knitted, Knotted, Netted.

Kazue Honma's Complex Zen Craft

Posted on: Tuesday, October 13, 2009







Intricate and silent expressions by Kazue Honma, an amazing artist featured in 'Knitted, Knotted, Netted' at The Hunterdon Museum of Art.

*above images courtesy of the artist

Carol Westfall's 'This Crowded Planet'

Posted on: Monday, October 12, 2009


This Crowded Planet by Carol D. Westfall

Throughout the week I will be featuring the work of fellow artists from the current exhibition, Knitted, Knotted, Netted. There will be an artist reception and informal discussion at The Hunterdon Museum of Art this Sunday, October 18 for anyone who is in the Clinton, New Jersey area. It's a lovely town and an amazing historic site, so please join us if you are out enjoying the autumn colors.

Carol D. Westfall

"The Crowded Planet series is composed of hundreds of tiny "men" - the stick figures we drew as children. If you take the top two arms and pull them together you create the kanji character for man - nin or jin or hito. I compress all these tiny "men" together and form the ball which is This Crowded Planet. There are probably 120 in the series now as I have been working on them for 13 years!" - Carol D. Westfall

'Knitted, Knotted, Netted' Opens This Weekend

Posted on: Saturday, October 10, 2009


I am thrilled to be exhibiting in 'Knitted, Knotted, Netted' opening this Sunday, October 11 at The Hunterdon Museum of Art in Clinton, NJ. Please click the invite below for details on the exhibiting artists as well as the reception on October 18.

*postcard image and catalogue cover: Fiber Flotsam 2009 by Abigail Doan


The Hunterdon Museum of Art in Clinton, NJ

Ceca's Green Jewelry from Summer 2009

Posted on: Saturday, September 26, 2009




The colorful autumn leaves will soon be swirling all around us, but I am still nostalgic for these fresh green jewelry experiments by Bulgarian artist friend, Ceca Georgieva. Stay tuned for a Winter 2010 project that Ceca and I will initiate at her studio hide-a-way at the base of Mount Vitosha outside of Sofia.

Cognition, Land & Landscape Salon

Posted on: Friday, September 04, 2009



Cognition, Land and Landscape
A salon-style dinner and conversation
with William L. Fox at THE LAND/gallery
Saturday, September 5, 6 to 9 pm

A rare opportunity to be a part of an intimate, salon-style conversation with William L. Fox, director of the Nevada Museum of Art’s Center for Art + Environment.

Local/organic cuisine prepared by culinary artist Jesse Hasko. $50 tax-deductible donation includes dinner and wine.

Aziumth: Writing on Walls at THE LAND

Posted on: Wednesday, June 03, 2009


Azimuth: Writing on Walls
June 6 - July 17, 2009
Opening reception June 6, 6-9 pm

A text-environment based on a free renga by Miriam Sagan and fourteen other poets at THE LAND/an art site gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Miriam Sagan is the author of more than twenty books, including the recent Map of the Lost from University of New Mexico Press. Beginning with exerpts from poetry she wrote during a residency at THE LAND/an art site, she created this gallery-sized, collaborative poem with JB Bryan, Paula Castillo, Abigail Doan, Ephia, Dale Harris, Phyllis Hoge, J. A. Lee, Sabra Moore, Terry Mulert, Steve Peters, Suzanne Sbarge, John Tritica, Stefi Weisburd and Mera Wolf.

Linda Hutchins' Engineered Ghostlines

Posted on: Wednesday, May 27, 2009




I was thrilled to learn more this past week about the artist Linda Hutchins and her very delicate drawings and ghostly organic forms. Hutchins is one of several textile artists that I am currently exhibiting with in Fiskars, Finland.


Linda Hutchins received a BSE in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan, then wrote software for Intel before returning to school to discover a different way of thinking. At Pacific Northwest College of Art, she earned a BFA in Drawing. Hutchins' work is influenced by a lifelong fascination with textile structures, an engineering mindset, and memories of sailing out of sight of land.


Hutchins has received fellowships from the Oregon Arts Commission, grants from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, and residencies at Caldera. Her exhibitions have garnered national press, including a cover article in American Craft and a review in Art in America. Her work is in private and public collections including the King and Multnomah County Public Art Collections and the Museum of Contemporary Craft. She is represented by Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery in Portland, Oregon.

* above images courtesy of * Linda Hutchins Studio

The Future Looks Bright and Textured

Posted on: Sunday, May 17, 2009

Christien Meindertsma's used wool from a sustainable sheep ranch in Idaho yields a large knit modular rug


Ezri Tarazi used raw bamboo stalks furnishings/China's Yunnan Province

Ted Muehling carved ivory nut palms necklace from the Micronesian island of Pohnpei

Kate Spade/Bolivian craftsman sustainable fiber handbags


* . . . with these amazing, sustainably-crafted designs from Design for a Living World, which officially opened at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum last night. Talk about enchanting. I could barely drift off to sleep last night, as the future looks so bright and promising. This movie just kept running through my head.



*images via Fast Company's blog

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