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Resurfacing Old Finds

Posted on: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lost in Fiber work table in Sofia | late July 2014

Part of the beauty of packing one's belongings and slowly transitioning to a new locale are the discoveries that one makes when sorting through collected objects and memories.

I am currently editing the 'best of the best' when it comes to the artifacts, forms, and materials that have been part of the Lost in Fiber process since September 2013. Not everything can travel with me from Sofia to NYC, so I really need to think about what is essential to the current narrative of the project.

So much of what makes sense is context sensitive, but given that this project is also about new material relationships and an effort to make the virtual more tactile, I have matured to the idea that previous definitions of what worked or felt essential needed to adapt or evolve.

A Lost in Fiber bundled module ready for travels  – includes 'scraps'
from Study NY, Cara Marie Piazza, and Doug Johnston's Brooklyn studios

I am really trying to preserve the openness of Lost in Fiber and those striking moments on the worktable when things just sort of click but not necessarily in terms of a resolved or final art form. Rather, the spirit of certain intersections and the resurfacing of old finds is what seems to drift to the top and begs to be remembered or included. This is the sifting that is currently going on, and this is what feels natural in terms of also capturing and sharing the best of a nomadic (studio) existence. 

For some, all of this might seem rather noncommittal or self-involved, but for me, it reflects the creative dialogues that I first observed online between individuals whose work I was drawn to and wished might co-exist in a new way.

The archiving and packing of my own flotsam with a print from slow creations in Sweden

Everything now seems to support everything else. Today's traveling archive has a depth and versatility that also makes the world seem a bit smaller. Social media did not facilitate this cohesiveness, but rather my own day-to-day living with studio remnants or scraps gathered through connections made via social media and community networking. 

Stay tuned for more interviews, event updates, and news regarding the first book in the 'Lost in Fiber' archives series this autumn. See you on new shores soon.


conestasmismanitas said...

Supercute dress and necklace!!

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