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Merry Makers | Part Four

Posted on: Monday, December 09, 2013

Botanika | textile goods and one-of-a-kind accessories | thoughtfully crafted in Hungary

Evgeniya Tsancova | natural fiber and metalwork jewelry | handcrafted in Bulgaria

Clara Saldarriaga Joyas de Autor | one of a kind sculptural jewelry

One last installment of maker friends who inspire me to work harder and search for ways of doing things better. This list could go on and on, but for now I hope that you will also be inspired to seek out artisans, creative collaborations, and regional design studios making a difference in your community and beyond. Now back to work with Lost in Fiber's year end projects and initiatives for 2014. Peace to all and, as always, enjoy the process of making merry (and mischief) in unexpected and novel ways.

Merry Makers | Part Three

Posted on: Friday, December 06, 2013

I might just keep writing these Merry Maker posts, as they connect me with folks I adore. Soon I will have to resume my studio work and end of the year tasks, but for now, here is some more beauty to soak up and celebrate. A beautiful weekend to all with loads of naps.

Merry Makers | Part Two

Posted on: Thursday, December 05, 2013

Chunky Merino Handwarmer from Titania Inglis

Nettie Kent Jewelry | Gates CuffCarved from wax and cast in nickel free reclaimed brass

Kirsty Ward | handmade jewelry from the UK

Part two of the Merry Makers series featuring the work of folks whose attention to detail and innovative use of materials really makes me joyful. Follow the links to learn more about each piece as well as the creatives behind each design. View part one here.

Gathering | Harvesting | Our Senses

Posted on: Thursday, November 28, 2013

Lost in Fiber | The Gathering experiments on the last weekend of autumn in Sofia

Blogging is coming slowly to me these days – perhaps because my work is on a track that just seems to move along as it needs to, gathering momentum as I harvest things in secrecy and silence. Could it be that we are also sometimes oversharing details that we simply want to savor or incorporate into a project currently in development?

Lost in Fiber | The Gathering wool roving aerating on the terrace in Sofia

Every day feels like visual harvest, though – whether an end goal is reached or not. Perhaps this is simply the farmer in me speaking as a tiller of plots that I like to aerate and cultivate.

Late November mixed media work table | photo by Abigail Doan

Loose crochet interwoven with my garden fence | photo by Abigail Doan

Either way, I am thankful that I have the luxury to even reflect on ideas like this. Many of us do not, and consequently I am aware of why being a sensitive maker/thinker is essential in a world where our senses might be increasing assaulted, deadened, tricked, or violated.

Neighborhood garden in Sofia (2013) | photo by Abigail Doan

If we can demonstrate more empathy towards our materials and shared surroundings, well then, perhaps this is solid ground for making changes in the world. We first have to be able to acknowledge that something is off course, examine it, move into the often uncomfortable situations, and find a way of hopefully doing things better. 

This is why I do what I do and perhaps do not assume any one title. I am just trying to gather it all together in a way that is personal but also might make a difference for others – up close and far away.

The Art of Slow | Micro Moments

Posted on: Monday, October 14, 2013

Sofia street textures with silver bark | photo by Abigail Doan

Reasons why the work of dear friends keeps me going in the studio and beyond. The 'art of slow' is an opportunity to connect over space and time – in ways that has real ripple effects and resonance. Follow the links beneath each image to learn more about each maker's work.

Artist | Maker Profile: Yesenia Thibault-Picazo

Posted on: Friday, October 11, 2013

Craft in the Anthropocene by Yesenia Thibault-Picazo

'Fossilized Textile' by Thibault-Picazo

I am loving the process and thoughtfulness of Yesenia Thibault-Picazo's projects ... discovered via The 'Anima' project below is brilliant.

Yesenia Thibault-Picazo | online.

Spherical Relationships

Posted on: Monday, September 30, 2013

Fabric/Fashion Ghost (Sofia 2013) | photo by Abigail Doan

I am back in Bulgaria now, and even though this past week has not at all been a slow or gentle transition to my life here, it has given my some distance and perspective on all of the amazing, creative folks who I seem to have 'spherical relationships' with. Some of these individuals are artist/designer friends who I know personally, and others are like-minded makers and thinkers who seem to be such a part of the special orb that I examine regularly and with such fervent curiosity.

As I now launch into some serious archiving and hands-on work for Lost in Fiber: The Gathering, I wanted to highlight (and thank) a few people who I was fortunate to connect with while in NYC. These encounters somehow already made my autumn feel more complete.

Handmade ink and watercolor offered by Makalé at Wilderness of Wish

Doug Johnston as featured on Totokaelo | We had such a great chat at the Textile Art Center's Blue Gala in Brooklyn

Cave Collective: Alchemy + Objects + Performance

Posted on: Monday, August 12, 2013

Cave Collective's sculptural (wearable) objects

I was so happy to review the latest installation/performance project by friends Alex and Cat at Cave Collective for The WILD Magazine. They are certainly artists/designers to watch in terms of their ability to intelligently and thoughtfully bridge creative disciplines and media.

Their latest performative project, 'Weave of Dawn, might be described the following way:

"Cave Collective’s latest synesthesia experiment reflects the duo’s ongoing fascination with collectively exploring sensory and cognitive realities via light, color, and immersive tactile experiences. The mesmerizing fabrics attached to the net were all hand-dyed with natural materials that the artists alchemically concoct in the studio. The two artists communicated solely through light and vibrating sound played on ritualistic, metallic objects." 
Handcast ritualistic ring created by Cave Collective
'Initiation' zine by Cave Collective

I am also very excited that Cave Collective will also be contributing materials from their studio to 'Lost in Fiber: The Gathering'. A studio visit with the duo is coming soon.

all images courtesy of Cave Collective

Meandering Trails

Posted on: Monday, July 29, 2013

Fallen plums with rooftop moss in my neighborhood

I have this small problem when I am working on long terms projects. I spot little events and happenings on a daily basis, and this is almost a distraction from the work that I am trying so diligently to complete. I have learned to simply view these moments as signs that all is on track or flowing, but I will not deny that random beauty is also a major distraction for me.

Silver-toned lichen on Mount Vitosha in Bulgaria

Lichen covered rocks on the ascent to Cherni Vruh

Yesterday morning during a hike on Mount Vitosha, I tried to simply focus on the trail and the breezes that cooled me off during a hot July excursion. But as usual, complex textures and subtle hues would make me stop dead in my tracks.

Mountain wildflowers and lichen on Mount Vitosha

I even carried these wildflowers and lichen fragments halfway down the mountain before documenting their exquisite fusion and nesting them in a shady pocket along a stone wall.

Preliminary image for 'Lost in Fiber: The Gathering' (Abigail Doan, 2013)

I like the idea that 'drifting fiber' and 'drawing with fiber' are acts that keep pulling me through space. I also like the scale shifts that occur when something typically overlooked or cast-off becomes the focus of an experience. All trails inevitably seem to connect for me, and this creative course still demonstrates momentum and direction despite the 'getting there'.

My next project, 'Lost in Fiber: The Gathering' (a working title) will explore these ideas even more. Meandering will be a part of process but in a way that also demonstrates why slower methods and being inclusive makes good sense in the long run. More on this soon.

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