Detail of Imran Qureshi roof garden installation at the Met
Detail of Lost in Fiber: The Gathering (work in progress)
August has been a wonderful incubation month thus far, and quite honestly, I am holding on to these last few days and savoring the quiet layers. My new website (a soft launch) is in progress, book layouts are in the works, and I am also enjoying meeting with contributors to Lost in Fiber: The Gathering – my collaborative fiber art installation project for 2014/2015. Life between NYC and Sofia, Bulgaria, seems exotic still, but I am fortunate to have good people in both places who help me to make sense of it all.
There is something hugely satisfying about seeing the materials of artists and designers – placed side by side after months of online introductions and imaginings. The possibilities are quite rich, and it is refreshing to have a tactile experience after conversing virtually and working independently in various regions of the globe.
Street crochet in Sofia (Abigail Doan, July 2013)
This is what Lost in Fiber: The Gathering is very much about. An exercise in slowing down and documenting the process and 'connections' made through social media and creative enterprises but in a way that also highlights and maps the contact of fiber and textile 'scraps' that are distilled (recycled) in unexpected ways.
Abstract view into my mother's upstate NY studio
I will be sharing the names/locales of the project's contributors soon and also documenting visits with each maker. The above photo was from the doorway to my mother's upstate studio during my time with her last week. As always, these personal encounters provide glimpses into a world that is complex and perhaps indicative of where we have come from and also hope to go.