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Jardin de Fortune by Bjios

Posted on: Thursday, November 10, 2011

I love this recent urban renewal project of slow crafting horticultural promise – poetically orchestrated by Montreal-based artist friends, Audrey Lavallée et Chloé B. Fortin of Bjios
Read more about Audrey and Chloé's work as interventionists, fiber and textile art farmers, and community activists. This latest project offers a laboratory of specimen examination, poetic fragments, opportunities for connection and cross-pollination, as well as a handmade blanket of love over the surface of an abandoned parking lot in Montreal.
You can read a previous post that I wrote about Bjios and their visit to NYC during the Spring of 2010 here. Above images courtesy of the artists and designated photographers.

Fashioning Self & The Environment: Martín Azúa

Posted on: Monday, October 17, 2011


I am working on a variety of art submissions, writing projects, and fiber enterprises at the moment, so my posts these next few weeks might seem a bit scant. Apologies in advance for this. During my recent research on innovative ideas related to 'fashioning self and the environment', I came across this amazing Casa Básica Project by Martín Azúa. I love that this mobile unit folds into a simple square that one can slip into one's pocket or personal tote. It's pure volumetric poetry with a low-impact sort of footprint. This is what great design is all about.

Learn more here ... via L O L I T A


VOGUE Knitting Live NYC 2012

Posted on: Tuesday, October 11, 2011

From Malko Turnovo to NYC, the village where my 'plarn' was made
by a talented local artisan named Abibe

I am excited to announce that I will be exhibiting some of my recycled fiber forms, including pieces that incorporate 'plarn' made in Eastern Bulgaria, during VOGUE Knitting Live NY in January 2012. This three day showcase will be part of an on-site exhibit curated by the event's organizers. Stay tuned for sneak previews of crocheted and twined 'plarn' samples.

World Textiles On The Runway And Beyond

Posted on: Thursday, September 22, 2011

Suno S/S 2012 inspiration board via FS magazine and WWD

Please enjoy my recent article, World Textiles on the Runway and Beyond, a special fashion week feature on Goodlifer – includes an overview of HAND/EYE magazine issue 05 as well.

Flotsam Fiber Flow

Posted on: Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Flotsam Fiber Flow (Abigail Doan, 2011)

HAND/EYE Magazine: World Textiles Issue 05

Posted on: Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Rowland Ricketts takes us into the 'Deep Blue' of indigo dye craft

It is a beautiful thing when hands, hearts, and minds join forces to celebrate textile diversity and global artisans working to preserve the traditions of handwork and sustainable crafting. The summer 2011 edition of HAND/EYE magazine has done just this in its latest issue devoted to World Textiles
The seventy-two page volume serves as a feast for the eyes, as well as an inspirational guide to socially and environmentally-responsible textile projects and designer initiatives that span countries such as Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, and The Netherlands, to name a few.

'Handloom Heritage' of Rehwa Society by Julie Hall

HAND/EYE is devoted to creating bridges between art, design, textiles, and philanthropic outreach through thoughtfully written articles and interviews by invited contributors and guest editors. This latest edition has assembled an impressive line up of individuals who are united by their passion for curation, sustainable textile production, craft-based knowledge, and artisanal methods. India Flint, Christina Kim of Dosa, Birgitta de Vos, Marcella Echavarria, Rowland Ricketts, Kathrin von Rechenberg, Rebecca Schiller, and Keith Recker, are just a few of the contributors and interviewees who have made this issue so complex and rich.

Luxurious hand-woven 'Monsoon stole' by Soie de Lune

WUBET handwoven scarves by designer Arnold Haas
Ethereal and earth-friendly designs by Cristina Kim of DOSA Collection

My contribution to this colorful and exquisitely designed issue is an article on Raw Mango and designer, Sanjay Garg. "Sanjay Garg's creative brand, Raw Mango, goes to the source of Indian textile production to create a collection steeped in artisan tradition and hand-woven luxury ... and at the same time rich with temptation for younger customers."

As HAND/EYE's Editor-in-Chief, Keith Recker, states in his introduction to the publication, "It is vital that we keep the conversation rolling with stories of creative people from every continent whose textile work contains the seeds for a vibrant future." This is essential for the preservation of ancient crafting techniques and materials, as well as building a bridge to a more sustainable future.


You can subscribe to HAND/EYE magazine here.

Congratulations to everyone involved in the creation of this gorgeous publication. Blog updates and news announcement can also be found on HAND/EYE's Facebook page.


Fiber Flotsam Garlands

Posted on: Monday, June 13, 2011


Fiber Flotsam / Garland 01 (Abigail Doan, 2011)

materials: Japanese paper, cord, recycled fiber, vintage beads, seed pods, thread, and scientific illustrations

Faces and Places in Fashion Talk at FIT on May 16

Posted on: Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I will be speaking at FIT on Monday, May 16th as part of their Face and Places in Fashion lecture series. Although the lecture is geared to FIT students, the public is invited to attend free of charge. Seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis, though. The talk will take place between 4pm and 5pm, with a Q&A session for the latter portion of the presentation. The topic will be 'fashioning self and the environment'.


"FIT’s 'Faces & Places in Fashion' lecture series is a forum for prominent fashion professionals, including executives, designers and marketers to discuss their trade, their experience, and their perspective on the business.  Part presentation, part Q&A, it is an opportunity to connect students and the public alike to the pulse of the fashion industry in a conversational setting. Held in the Katie Murphy Amphitheater (D Building, Corner of 27th Street and 7th Avenue) on Mondays from 4pm-5pm."


(There is currently a typo on FIT's website with Joanne DePalma listed as the speaker for May 16th. Ms. De Palma already gave her talk on May 9th.)



Good Work May Day Event: Fiber Bracelets for Iran

Posted on: Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Recycled fiber, threads, and yarn strands with environmental art 
by Atefeh Khas and the Iranian New Art Collective as inspiration


I was thrilled to participate in Good Work's May Day celebration at the Textile Arts Center this past Sunday. My afternoon workshop was an occasion to craft fiber 'peace' bracelets to be exchanged with Atefeh Khas and Tara Goodarzy, Iranian environmental fiber artists who I have collaborated with in the past. The goal was to create a kit of braided bracelets that I will send to Iran in exchange for the contribution that these artists made to my exhibit, (Re)Fashioning Fiber, in NYC last May.

Braiding of fiber bracelets with imagery from Iranian artist friends
Participants sharing stories and a love of fiber at the 'Good Work' workshop
Natural dyes provided by jewelry designer, Erin Considine
Prepping the dye vats before immersing the bracelets
Plant dyed fiber bracelets drying in my studio
(These were left over bracelets made by the Iranian artists, 
dyed with natural plant dyes in Brooklyn this past Sunday)

'Good Work' worktable at the end of the afternoon.
These braided designs will be added to the dyed kit
of bracelets that I will send to Iran


Photos of the final mailing kit to be sent to Iran will be posted soon. I will also be returning Atefeh and Tara's 'fiber nets' after photographing them in Central Park. I want to extend a special thank you to Dr. Ahmad Nadalian, teacher and mentor to a whole generation of environmental artists in Iran. His work at the Paradise Art Center in Polour is where many of these artists have found a safe sanctuary to work and explore their ideas. He has been a great art friend and collaborator for the past several years. Congratulations also to Tali Weinberg, curator of 'Good Work', for an exceptional textile show and community building experience.


*all photos by Abigail Doan

Good Work Opens at the Textile Arts Center

Posted on: Thursday, April 28, 2011

 Fiber installation (Hormoz Island, Iran) by Atefeh Khas and Tara Goodarzy
(photograph by Sharnaz Zarkesh)

I am thrilled to be participating in this exhibition in honor of May Day at the Textile Arts Center's new Oak Knit Studio Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. 'Good Work: A Celebration of Makers and the Making of Textiles' opens on Friday, April 29th from 7 to 10pm and is curated by artist/activist, Tali Weinberg.
'String Funeral' by Erica Harris

"For this juried show, artists and designers were invited to submit works for the inaugural exhibit in the Oak Knit Studio Gallery with their own broad interpretation of “Good Work.” What has emerged is a meaningful body of work that touches on labor, justice, gender, care, fair trade, the hand, immigration, community, skill and craftsmanship," curator, Tali Weinberg. 
detail from Charlene Lam's "I am a Sewing Worker"


Exhibiting artists include: Abigail DoanAtefeh KhasBelinda Smith, Charlene LamEl Hombre Sobre la Tierra in collaboration with Global Goods Partners and Via Nativa, Erica HarrisErin Considine, Hilary Steel, Jill MagiMaya ValladaresMichele Pred, and Susan Weltman.
Good Work Workshops at the Textile Arts Center / May 1 from 2 to 5pm

Erin Considine will offer natural dye demos using dyes you can easily obtain in the grocery store or your garden. Abigail Doan will connect you with a collective of Iranian environmental fiber artists through an exchange of handmade peace bracelets. Maya Valladeres will help you screen print or stitch an image of a garment worker onto an item of clothing, bringing you closer to those who make what you wear.

Sheila Hicks: 50 Years Opens at ICA

Posted on: Friday, March 25, 2011


detail of work by Sheila Hicks

"The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) presents Sheila Hicks: 50 Years, the first major retrospective to honor this extraordinary American artist. Sheila Hicks has built an international reputation with her two- and three-dimensional works in fiber. Her remarkably far-reaching artistic focus has encompassed painting, sculpture, photography, weaving, fabric design, writing, publishing, teaching and collaborations with architects."


"Born in Hastings, Nebraska in 1934 and a resident of Paris since 1964, Hicks is a pioneering figure noted for small woven works and public commissions whose structures are built of color and texture. Independent in spirit and itinerant in practice, she deliberately and provocatively engages what are often considered mutually exclusive domains, rethinking and pushing the limits of generally accepted contexts, conditions, and frameworks."


above excerpts from ICA's website
on view March 24 to August 7, 2011

Fashioning Self and the Environment for Earth Day

Posted on: Friday, March 18, 2011

Mosstika's installation of live succulents (Edina Tokodi/József Vályi-Tóth)

I am excited that things are coming together so organically for the Earth Day open house that I am organizing at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn. This evening event will take place from 6pm to 9pm on Friday, April 22, 2011, and the range of projects and activities to be shared will include a spectrum of ideas related to fashioning self, fiber, textiles, and craft in environmental outreach. Refreshments and organic treats will also be provided.


Eko-Lab's A/W 2011 Collection


The current list of artist/designer participants is as follows: 


Susan Benarcik, Meiling Chen (Fearless Dreamer), Abigail Doan, Daria Dorosh, Xing-Zhen Chung-Hilyard and Melissa Kirgan of Eko-Lab, Ceca Georgieva, Titania Inglis, Anjelika Krishna (a.d.o. clothing), Renata Mann, Rachel Miller, Eve Mosher, Shannon South (reMade USA), Study NY with Awamaki Lab, Edina Tokodi (Mosstika), Tali Weinberg, and Zoe Sheehan Saldana.


Please RSVP at rsvp@textileartscenter.com 
'Life Jackets' filled with boyant milkweed fiber 
(image courtesy of Zoe Sheehan Saldana)

K/shrink at WHITE Milano

Posted on: Friday, February 25, 2011

I love this new 'k/shrink' piece by km/a studio in Vienna.

km/a studio will be showing at WHITE Milano this weekend in via Tortona's conceptual  'basement gallery'. You might recall my mention of km/a in my report from Berlin Fashion Week. Sass Brown of Eco Fashion Talk  wrote a great article on their work after her visit to THE KEY.TO Berlin.

km/a installation (photo via Eco Fashion Talk)

visit km/a's website to learn more about their art/fashion projects

Save the Date: Fashioning Self and the Environment, An Earth Day Event at Brooklyn's Textile Arts Center

Posted on: Friday, February 11, 2011

Titania Inglis Spring/Summer 2011 Collection

Save the Date for  this Earth Day event at the Textile Arts Center
in Brooklyn on Friday, April 22, 2011 

Join me for Earth Day 2011 to explore ideas related to fashioning self and our shared environment. Invited artists and local sustainable fashion designers will feature their own fiber, textile, and green design initiatives, as well as offering activities related to slow fashion styling and organic interactions with the environment.

Visitors will be able chat first hand with presenters, participate in on-site activities, and celebrate Earth Day 2011 with refreshments and treats from local sponsors and green businesses.


Susan BenarcikMeiling Chen of Fearless DreamerAbigail DoanDaria DoroshEko-LabTitania Inglis,
Eve Mosher, and Zoe Sheehan Saldana – are just a few of the names who will be participating.


Organically Grown sculpture by Susan Benarcik




Friday, April 22, 2011 from 6-9PM




John Grade

Posted on: Sunday, January 30, 2011


John Grade via Mackenzie Frere at Art Cloth Text

Using Your Hands as a Way of Creating Connection

Posted on: Saturday, January 15, 2011


'Seasonal Shades' exhibited at The LAND gallery NM / Abigail Doan (2009)

I was recently interviewed by writer Amy DuFault, Fashion Editor for EcoSalon, regarding the mental and creative benefits of using one's hands in crafting, fiber work, fashion projects, and even domestic tasks. You should definitely read Amy's 'Using Your Hands To Soothe The Brain'/part 1 if you in are need of a 'mental vitamin' and inspiration in the depths of winter.

It is quite flattering to be featured alongside Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin and Jill Danyelle of Danyelle.org. Stay tuned for part 2 of Amy's installment early next week on EcoSalon.


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