Project Highlight | Walking Libraries (2016-2019)

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Lost in Fiber | agency + tools

Posted on: Monday, December 28, 2015


I am thrilled to announce the launch of my new website, Lost in Fiber | agency
In addition to ongoing studio and cultural preservation projects, the development of an 'agency' is really a long-overdue effort to formalize creative conversations that I have cultivated with talented individuals globally. Agency in this instance refers to the role that relationship-building plays in providing solutions and meaningful material exchanges.



Toolshedding Exhibition | Weaving Hand Gallery

Posted on: Monday, September 14, 2015

detail of a micro-weaving for Toolshedding | Abigail Doan (September 2015)


Please join me for ‘Toolshedding’ at Weaving Hand gallery in Brooklyn, New York, on Thursday, October 1 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. The event will include an artist discussion and a solo exhibition featuring a curated selection of handmade artifacts and textile tools from my traveling studio.

‘Toolshedding’ is an ongoing project exploring the visual archiving and preservation of culturally endangered agricultural and textile objects. As an artist who has lived between the U.S. and Eastern Europe for the past several years, I have been been collecting and working with fiber artifacts, regional textiles, and rural tools in order to explore border-defying design and fashion ideas. This transformative process has helped me to create my own taxonomy of nomadic tools for form-building and travel investigations.

Collected artifacts include shepherd bells from Bulgaria, braided tent rope from Turkey, hand-spun wool from the Hudson Valley, woven banners from Bohemia, folkloric costume elements, vintage embroidery diagrams, and recycled fibers from the studios of global artist and designer friends.

‘Toolshedding’ will remain on view through October 24, 2015.

Weaving Hand gallery is located at
47 Hall Street, Section E#1, 2nd floor | entrance is on 43 Hall Street

Portal to Summer 2015

Posted on: Thursday, June 25, 2015

A selection of Lost in Fiber artifacts + studio materials for Summer 2015

I will be drifting soon to my summer perch or perches overseas. As usual, the dilemma of how to pack a 'nomadic studio' can be a bit daunting, and in preparation for my upcoming Toolshedding installation this autumn, there seems to be a mix of tools as well as fiber materials in my kit.

Throughout the summer of 2015 I will be posting more updates on Instagram and Tumblr than on my artist blog, so please feel free to follow along for both travel images as well as process musings.


Some of my favorite fiber accessories being archived before travel






See you on the other side of personal research time and slow travel.

ToolShedding | Save the Date

Posted on: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Antique shuttle with collage drawing and threads | Abigail Doan (2015)

I am thrilled to announce that I will be sharing a sampling of my Toolshedding project in a solo exhibition at Weaving Hand gallery in Brooklyn this autumn. Please join me for an opening on Thursday, October 1 and an artist discussion on handmade (studio) artifacts and tools created or gathered while living between the U.S. and Bulgaria for the past several years. The exhibition will remain on view through October 20, 2015.


More process images and updates will be shared throughout the course of the summer. 

Desert Air | Catherine Lauigan

Posted on: Thursday, May 14, 2015


above images courtesy of Catherine Lauigan 

Catherine Lauigan is a multimedia artist currently based in L.A. She was the creator of the soundtrack, Desert Air, which debuted as part of the art installation, Tumbleweed Colony (also the Textile Arts Center's Sewing Seeds 2015 fundraiser). 

Tumbleweed Colony | Drifts into Brooklyn

Posted on: Tuesday, May 05, 2015

The genesis of a flotsam orb | plaited native grass from New Mexico | Abigail Doan (2006)

Tumbleweed Colonyin support of the Textile Arts Center's Sewing Seeds natural dye outreach program, is almost here. Our team of creative contributors and fabricators has been working very hard to explore materials and themes related to bioremediative dye solutions, local color stories, tactile threads, urban air filtering, and wild plant foraging.


Flotsam orb materials collaboration between Abigail Doan + Annelie Berner


Tumbleweed Colony | Distillation Process

Posted on: Tuesday, April 21, 2015

'Flotsam Orbs' in progress at the Textile Arts Center | Manhattan
(under the direction of Abigail Doan with kind friends and TAC's textile volunteers)

Interconnected flotsam orbs with laser cut forms from Annelie Berner, data artist at New Inc.

Handmade soap prototypes + foraged terrain finds from The Greater Goods

Multi-hued distillation process at Industry City Distillery in Brooklyn | photo by Abigail Doan

Special edition necklace by Gamma Folk incorporating recycled, naturally dyed fiber scraps


Micro-flotsam orbs in progress at the Textile Arts Center with Ernst Haeckel as inspiration

Collaborative elements for an interactive project with Annelie Berner and Abigail Doan

All of the various components, textures, and tinctures are organically coming together for Tumbleweed Colony, a Sewing Seeds fundraiser at the Wythe Hotel on Thursday, May 7.

Please enjoy some of our process images as well as the distillation of materials we are tinting and tumbling for this unique gathering. Tickets are still available here.


We also thrilled to officially be listed as an event for NYC x Design 2015.

Winter Cornucopia | Color Injection 01

Posted on: Saturday, February 07, 2015

Lost in Fiber 'material dialogues' collaboration with Balmaseda
(dress by Sassa Björg in Bulgaria | modeled by Ariel Clay in NYC)

'Where The River Meets The Sea' by Dominic L. Di Mare on view in

Detail of work by Maria Nepomuceno at the Museum of Arts and Design | NYC

Detail of Joyce J. Scott's beaded work at the Museum of Arts and Design | NYC

*all photos by Abigail Doan

Lost in Fiber 2015 | interview

Posted on: Monday, January 05, 2015

photo from Starosel | Старосел, Bulgaria by Abigail Doan (2014)

It is always a beautiful thing to start the New Year off sharing an interview and reflections on where we have been and where we hope to journey. A special thanks to the Polish culture and fashion blog, Design and Culture by Ed for this feature on Lost in Fiber 2015 and the creative ideas that both inspire and keep me grounded.



Read more via this link.


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