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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

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

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