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Fete for the Senses 2012

Posted on: Tuesday, December 25, 2012

'Fete for the Senses' table top installation by Abigail Doan


Settling into life in NYC again has been a bit surreal. I feel fortunate to have been re-introduced to the creative spirit of this vibrant city with the collaborative effort of artists, designers, and makers featured at Fete for the Senses. I am still processing all of the goodness that transpired and hope to write more about the event soon. Until then, here is a sampling of images and views, with more photos on Tumblr and Pinterest.



'Fete for the Senses' table top detail by Abigail Doan


Details and surfaces from BALMASEDA and Sassa Bjorg

EKO-LAB recycled glass bottle and cord necklace

Handmade Herkimer rock crystal and organic cotton neck piece by EKO-LAB

Marion + Willson textile collection debut at 'Fete for the Senses'


Wishing everyone a joyful and peaceful conclusion to 2012.

Ancient Futures | Thessaloniki Inspiration

Posted on: Tuesday, September 11, 2012

detail of weighted loom at the Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki
self portrait with ceramics at the Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki
Gold treasure from the Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki

Just a sampling of some of the objects, scenes and textures that inspired me during last week's two day trip to Thessaloniki. All photos by Abigail Doan.

Moving Meshes by Maria Blaisse

Posted on: Saturday, September 08, 2012

'Moving Meshes' by Maria Blaisse at Domaine de Boisbuchet

Please enjoy my recent article on designer Maria Blaisse's textile and movement research project 'Moving Meshes' at Domaine de Boisbuchet in the Southwest of France. 


Beyond Domestic Space

Posted on: Sunday, September 02, 2012


I sometimes feel as if I am overly engaged with my domestic space. I think long and hard about how each day is orchestrated and often obsess about pockets of light, fleeting images, as well as the work at hand or under foot. 


This – all in conjunction with having a family and (lovingly) balancing the needs and desires of those around me. You would really laugh if you saw how I weave my hours together. The methods are rather unorthodox and the cool rhythm? 'Organic' for lack of a better term.

Lace Window, Sofia (photo by Abigail Doan, 2012)

I often wonder what happens behind the windows and curtains of homes around me. The toil and worry that must go on – despite our modern methods and the technology that is meant to connect us and make our lives more productive.

My neighbors' terraces at dusk

This is why I make a point of walking and observing in the outdoors every day – beyond my domestic space as a way to understand the labor behind a life well-lived. The act of doing so makes (some of) the obsessing melt away, and I am always treated to moments that I might not have otherwise discovered as someone whose tasks seem so imperative.

Exterior shot in Sofia, 2012

I say that we should labor for the light ... or perhaps the lighter side of what motivates and sustains us. The inside and the outside really do want to meld and the steps are right there – emerging from the atmosphere of the seemingly mundane and routine.

(all photos by Abigail Doan)

The Warp and Weft of Returning Home

Posted on: Friday, July 13, 2012

Hand-dyed and handwoven shawl by my mother, Abigail McEnroe

It is always so wonderful to visit my parents on their small farm in upstate New York – to experience first hand the 'sheep-to-shawl' process continually underway in my mother's pastures, barn, and upstairs studio.

Humanely procured fleece like this is an art form unto itself

My mother has been working to perfect this Blue Faced Leicester and Finnsheep cross for years now, and she seems close to satisfied in terms of the length of the fleece and its gorgeous, lustrous quality. During the time of my visit she was busy preparing for various craft fairs and exhibits in the Cooperstown region, and she gave me a sneak preview of the above shawl and its painted skein warp technique. Read more about the 'painted skein' technique in this great article by Aviva Leigh for HAND/EYE magazine online.

A quiet moment in my mother's fiber and weaving studio

There is something transformative about experiencing the field and the flock together – while observing the ewes' movements from dawn to dusk, and witnessing how all of this translates into a final creation that is either wearable or simply an homage to humane husbandry and old-fashioned farming practices. I guess that I am a bit spoiled as some one who observed this slow process during my childhood, and thanks to my mother, now have a lot of these ideas ingrained like the warp and weft of a colorful map that brings me home again – no matter where I chose to roam.

My mother's flock grazing peacefully at sunset

(all photos by Abigail Doan)

World Environment Day 2012

Posted on: Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Sea life in Sithonia, Greece (photo by Abigail Doan)
My boys exploring the coast early on a Sunday morning (photo by Abigail Doan)
My mother, Abigail Trevor, makes friend with a starfish
A micro/macro view of the coast in Sithonia, Greece (photo by Abigail Doan)


It's World Environment Day 2012


Teach your children to love what is both fragile and resilient.



Ancient Future Finds in Macedonia

Posted on: Thursday, May 10, 2012

Weighted loom at The Museum on Water
Lake Ohrid, Macedonia
Detail of weighted loom
Village recreation floating on the waters of
Lake Ohrid, Macedonia
I had a magical time visiting the Republic of Macedonia this past weekend. The Sveti (Saint) Naum monastery complex was a stunning site as was Lake Ohrid's, The Museum on Water. My favorite find was the weighted loom pictured above. So boldly sculptural and the perfect fusion of ancient and modern elements. 

(all photos by Abigail Doan)

HAND/EYE: New Mexico and the Genius of Place

Posted on: Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Julia Mandeville shares her thoughts on the otherworldly dimensions of 
Walter De Maria's The Lightening Field (images via Dia Art Foundation)


My artist residency at The LAND/an art site in rural New Mexico 
– an examination of 'genius loci' and the role of natural fiber

Gail Rieke's textured collages and assemblages
pay homage to perfectly calibrated environments

Hand/Eye New Mexico Issue 07

It was such a tremendous joy to receive this latest issue of HAND/EYE magazine at the beginning of 2012. I have had such a love affair with New Mexico's landscape since my first pilgrimage in 1995. This current edition of HAND/EYE genuinely demonstrates why both rural and urban New Mexico are interwoven to create 'the land of enchantment'


Dr. Pamela Ravasio reports on Colcha embroidery
– one of the few indigenous textiles of New Mexico


From the Acoma potters of 'Sky City' to the vibrant Santa Fe International Folk Market to 'low rider' culture to traditional 'Colcha' embroidery – this colorful and multi-textured view on the hand/eye connections of the desert Southwest will both transport and ground you via a close examination of regional crafting methodologies. It is an inspiring read and one that will make you experience a bit of wanderlust during the depths of winter.


Learn more about the spirit of HAND/EYE here

Vogue Knitting Live Sampler

Posted on: Monday, January 16, 2012

Detail of recycled fiber forms by Abigail Doan


Here is a sampling of images from the Vogue Knitting Live 'art gallery' this past weekend. My fiber forms were actually handled and touched a lot more than I was hoping for, but all in all, it was a positive experience. I just do not understand why folks cannot learn by looking rather than by handling. It is a curious thing. I guess that I should take it as a compliment that my pieces looked so tactile that touching seemed appropriate? Something to ponder.



I leave for Sofia today. NYC, I will miss you. Thank you for the injection of love and inspiration. See you when the sweet blossoms emerge and winter hibernation is complete.

(photos by Abigail Doan)


materials: old denim, dried grasses, recycled plastic bag 'plarn' from Eastern Bulgaria, textile scraps, hand-dyed wool, treats from Habu textiles, Japanese paper, seed pods, a lace making needle, beer tab, popsicle stick, silk cocoons, deflated party balloon found on the street, candy wrappers, paper ticket, recycled lace, vintage thread spools, linen cord.



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