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Fashion(ing) A.D. 2020 to 2021

Posted on: Thursday, December 17, 2020

Close to ten years after putting the journal, Ecco Eco, on pause, I decided in 2020 to reopen select conversations with the launch of a new project that aims to explore artifacts, objects, and ideas related to fashion(ing) materials in response to environmental phenomena and terrain narratives.

The previous archives (from 2008 to 2012) reflect documentation and writing from this period, although in many instances the content does not reflect our current era. That said, there are threads in these postings that I find useful in reflecting on where we might collectively venture. 

Please join me on this new journey at Fashion(ing) A.D. for future projects and writings. Specific features include notes, terrain (monthly postings), and collaborative projects.

Additionally, this (blogger) studio journal (2007 - 2020) will now be archived. 

Please visit www.abigaildoan.com for updates and news. 

Summer 2020 | Art in Place

Posted on: Tuesday, August 04, 2020

 [ photo: @ Abigail Doan | studio ]

For many of us, this summer has been an opportunity for exploring the creation of 'art in place' as well as a window for rediscovering materials in our immediate environs. I have aimed to use this unprecedented time to identify new pockets of space in the places where I live and work. I have a small nook in the entranceway to my lakeside home, and I often nest objects in this space as I come and go. It has become a miniature gallery of sorts during the pandemic.

 [ photos: @ Abigail Doan | studio ]

This past year has also inspired me to create mini-raft models for floating and weaving into ... a  project that I initiated with my sons as an activity in local resourcefulness via the incorporation of gathered/recycled materials. To date, we have integrated dried and trimmed reeds, strips of woven amate paper, cord, and white clay beads. We have periodic outings to the lake to see if the models float, but the making itself is often the focus.

 [ above photos: @ Abigail Doan | studio ]

In other studio news, I am happy to announce my joining the Studio Prairie creative community, created by artist Jillian Solotesas well as being a featured artist on ecoartspace. Both projects dovetail with my interest in exploring uncharted territory while also creating community and environmental awareness.

For the remainder of August, a quieter time for me, 
you can always follow my research and current musings here.

Be well.

Floating Libraries + Sailing Stones

Posted on: Wednesday, March 04, 2020

News of current studio investigations is now readable via my Medium archive. My most recent entry, Floating Libraries + Sailing Stonesdescribes the next iteration of my Walking Libraries archiving project and 2020 lakeside environmental investigations.

lakeside reflections in rural Connecticut

I am also pleased to share my community involvement with ecoartspace, a platform for artists, curators, and writers addressing environmental issues and outreach initiatives.

artist profile | ecoartspace in February 2020

More frequent updates on projects and design research is findable via my studio Instagram account, Abigail Doan | studio as well as Lost in Fiber Projects.

Walking Libraries Interview in Moowon Journal

Posted on: Thursday, January 09, 2020

Moowon Journal | January 2020

“Walking is often viewed as an act of resistance, at least in terms of the individual feeling empowered to shed societal expectations, identify tendencies to subjugate nature, and assess the status quo.”

Abigail Doan, Environmental artist and researcher
So honored to have Walking Libraries (2016-2020) featured in Moowon Journal this month. Mona Kim, Moowon's founder, asked some wonderful questions as part of an interview feature in the article. 

All featured photos are from my on-foot travels in rural regions of the U.S. as well as Europe. Studio artifacts and objects were created as part of my documentation of  traces of atmospheric conditions and acts of resilience while out on the trail. "The development of Walking Libraries as an archiving concept and movement practice was a way for me to confront my own layers of mental stasis, and in turn, come into contact with my surroundings in ways that might reveal solutions for greater resiliency and connectedness moving forward."

Learn more about Moowon here and become a part of their community here.

Lost in Fiber | editions profile 01

Posted on: Thursday, December 05, 2019

Cardamom Collective x Kakaw Designs artisan made, naturally-dyed pom poms from Chajul, Guatemala  

[ photographed by Abigail Doan of Lost in Fiber | editions on a vintage book of Bulgarian embroidery patterns ]

It has been more than a year, or perhaps years now, since I adopted the ‘Lost in Fiber’ moniker. As many art and design friends know, I hesitate to call myself a fiber artist or textile artist at this juncture, as I am not focused on the mastery of any specific technique within the realms of these practices. The ‘getting lost’ aspect of exploring fiber’s materiality is what lured me in initially as well as its potential as a cultural connector and crafting matrix for modern artifacts and handmade objects. A sustained interest in highlighting the authenticity and regional specificity of fiber is what continually keeps me engaged in ways that also reflect my environmental concerns/research. It is in this spirit that I share a medley of materials recently featured as part of an art/design showcase with Sienna Road in NYC.

You can read more about the crossover between materials, methods, and places in this Lost in Fiber editions profile, featured on my Medium writing journal.

You can also follow Lost in Fiber on Instagram and Tumblr.

Open Studio with Sienna Road

Posted on: Friday, November 08, 2019

detail of knotted horsehair on amate paper from Mexico | Abigail Doan studio (2019)

I am thrilled to share news of my open studio event in conjunction with Sienna Road's pop up art + design exhibition at 72 Warren Street in Tribeca/NYC next week. I will be on-site on Thursday, November 14 from midday onwards and then hosting an informal dialogue + materials share over cocktails from 6 to 8pm.

Feel free to follow along via Instagram at Abigail Doan Studio as well as Sienna Road. Hope to see you there! 

restored wooden shuttle with twined horsehair | Abigail Doan studio (2019)

In the Steps of Folly Cove @ UVM

Posted on: Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Detail of In The Steps of Folly Cove at the Francis Colburn Gallery, University of Vermont

block printing test for In the Steps of Folly Cove at Russell Janis

Congratulations to artist/curator/printmaker, Janis Stemmerman (also the creative director of Russell Janis Project Space in Brooklyn) for the recent opening of 'In the Steps of Folly Cove' at the Francis Colburn Gallery, University of Vermont. This print invitational exhibition was first shown at Russell Janis in 2017, and an accompanying catalogue (available here) describes the story of the original Folly Cove Designers and their mission as a collective.

The Folly Cove Designers (1941-1969), one of America’s longest-running artist collectives, was the product of a 1938 exchange between neighbors in Folly Cove, in Gloucester, Mass. Renowned children’s book author and illustrator Virginia Lee Burton Demetrios (of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel fame) traded design lessons in exchange for violin lessons for her sons, leading community- wide design classes and eventually the formation of the eponymous, juried block print guild. The group was propelled to International fame through commercial contracts with major retailers, articles in LIFE Magazine and participation in seminal craft exhibitions.

printed panels installed at Russell Janis project space in 2017

It was such a learning experience for me to participate in the printing of the panels created for the original as well as this current exhibition. My carved linoleum block appears above and was then repeat printed on Belgian linen (below) at the Russell Janis atelier.

In the Steps of Folly Cove @ UVM is on view through October 25, 2019

Enviro Art Books as Micro Ecologies

Posted on: Tuesday, September 17, 2019

A recent entry in my Medium journal on 'Enviro Art books as Micro Ecologies',  featuring curatorial notes on the book as systems within the ecological realm. Archived materials from 2009 re-formatted for 2019.

Prairie Editions | 2019

Posted on: Monday, August 19, 2019

woven palm raffia vessel by Monica Hofstadter | ph. Abigail Doan at The Jennings Hotel
[ a Lost in Fiber editions collaboration + commission ]

Several months have passed since my May artist residency at The Jennings Hotel in Joseph, Oregon, but the slower summer tempo has allowed for some reflection on my time out west and the documentation of materials and project ideas leading up to my stay and the days thereafter.

fusing ideas + materials for the prairie vessel and Walking Libraries artifacts

Walking Libraries artifacts documented in room 4 at The Jennings Hotel

My idea to commission the above prairie vessel from Brooklyn artist/designer, Monica Hofstadter, proved to be an ideal way to further my Walking Libraries investigations.

Monica offered brilliant ideas re: the creation of a hand-woven vessel (wearable art object) that was to help me store gathered materials while out on the prairie or visiting ghost towns.

The prairie vessel at rest in the 'living ghost town' of Flora, Oregon

We looked closely at tule mat weavings and cordage methods, storage vessels and baskets from native traditions in the region, as well as delving into Monica's previous collections and designs highlighting tactile experiments and soft forms. Our final solution for this edition was a distillation of/homage to these sources, and also the embodiment of a dialogue between creatives and places.

Abigail Doan | residency workspace at The Jennings Hotel

This sort of project really encompasses what my own studio practice has become. I like the idea of unique editions that refer to site-specific ideas and strategies – with the possibility that the work often becomes stronger in collaborative contexts.


For more information on Monica Hofstadter's work, visit her website and Instagram

Lost in Fiber | editions will be sharing more details regarding past and future projects soon. 

In the interim, you can follow along via Instagram here

Prairie Editions 2019 is the latest art/design project by Abigail Doan studio.

Musings from an Environmental Fiber Artist

Posted on: Friday, August 02, 2019

I have republished, or rather updated, an interview that I did for Nau Clothing's Journalas I feel that so much of what was shared in this 2013 dialogue is still quite relevant to my studio + design practice. That said, my focus has also since shifted, and I feel that it is important to better clarify a few points, or better express what my intentions are/were and what role fiber actually plays in my thinking and outreach efforts.

Please enjoy the updated piece here, and all of my writings on Medium here.

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