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.
preview of materials in Toolshedding | Abigail Doan (September 2015)
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. I am not only building a ‘shed’ for these objects but also exploring how modern materiality is rooted in craft expressions that ultimately unite rather than divide us.
Collaborative material contributors include Anny Crane, Archive New York, Balmaseda studio’s Zaida Adriana Goveo Balmaseda, Bazaar Bayar, Brece Honeycutt, Cave Collective, Ceca Georgieva, Courtney Cedarholm, Doug Johnston, Erin Considine, Han Starnes, Study NY, and Titania Inglis.
‘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