Lost in Fiber | archives + preservation initiatives

Correspondence Course | Norte Maar

Posted on: Friday, December 02, 2016

detail of Correspondence Course exchange with Abigail Doan + Brece Honeycutt

“Founded on the ideas of collaboration among artists, Norte Maar is always excited to learn about independent projects that take form when two or more artists create, respond and explore the world together. One such project, initiated during the Autumn of 2015, features artists Abigail Doan (@lostinfiber) and Brece Honeycutt (@onacolonialfarm) who began a parallel process of collecting, diagramming, and altering select materials in an urban to rural dialogue intended to examine modern and historic connections in their daily lives. The results of this dialogue have evolved into #CorrespondenceCourse: a collaborative, materials exchange project between artists Abigail Doan and Brece Honeycutt.”

Thank you, Norte Maar, for this kind feature on #CorrespondenceCourse, an urban to rural dialogue with artist friend, Brece Honeycutt.

To learn more about Norte Maar and their current #MakeMoreArt initiative, visit their website and fundraising campaign. More news on #CorrespondenceCourse in early 2017.

Friends of Fire | Artifacts + Ceramics Exhibition

Posted on: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

and Hotchkiss Alumni at The Tremaine Gallery | photo by Abigail Doan, Hotchkiss 1984

I am pleased to share news of this current group exhibition that I am participating in with ceramic artist, Delores Coan, and invited Hotchkiss School alumni. 'Friends of Fire' is a tribute to my former art teacher and creative mentor, Delores – who is completing her final year of teaching at Hotchkiss after thirty five years of sharing her talents and wisdom.

Vessels by Delores Coan | created during her travels in China | photo by Abigail Doan

"Coan chose to show her work along with the work of former students to highlight the central role teaching has played in her career and the lasting relationships she has forged because of it."  – Tremaine Gallery

"Teaching ceramic art has been a humbling and exhilarating part of my life," she says. "I've made lifelong links with many students through sharing the creative process. The joy I've derived from passing on this ageless art has been one of my life's greatest gifts." Coan adds, "We can all make a big difference by continuing to support art programs so that students may learn and explore varied disciplines to fulfill their artistic destiny."  – D.C.

Walking Libraries 2016 | Update

Posted on: Wednesday, November 02, 2016

I am currently in the process of archiving and editing close to a year's worth of Walking Libraries documentation (or rather three-quarter of a year's solo walks) in California, New York State's Hudson Valley, NYC, and both rural and urban Bulgaria. One of the most striking discoveries for me is the language created by site-specific features or marks in regional landscapes. A sidewalk crack with a dessicated leaf in Sofia creates a call and response with a coastal sand fissure near Pescadero, California.

A vocabulary of sorts seems to be emerging via personal notations and geographical features documented while on the trail. With a goal of slowing down but also looking more deeply into the fissures of daily life and the fragility (read: resiliency) of our environs, a more current understanding of self in relation to the environment seems imaginable.

I still hope to complete certain itineraries out west this winter, closing the loop on a full year of examination and movement-based activity. From there a new chapter might present itself, or the 'library' might be made accessible as an open archive or mapping tool for others.

Follow #walkinglibraries2016 on Instagram, for more images in the weeks/months to come.

Lost in Fiber Interview | October 2016

Posted on: Monday, October 24, 2016

'Soft Spine' sculptural form with recycled materials
from Archive New York in Guatemala | Abigail Doan (2016)

I am thrilled to share this recent interview – really a two person dialogue initiated by dear artist/maker friend, Katrina Rodabaugh. Not only is Katrina an amazing textile artist, rural homesteader, talented writer, but she has a unique ability to frame art + design + modern craft ideas in thoughtful (timely) ways.

A few of Katrina's kind words regarding my work at the introduction to our interview:

"A daily sketchbook, of sorts, told through the lens of a sculptor with deep roots in the textile and fiber communities but with a vision that steps outside these disciplines to embrace daily life as she experiences it in both urban and rural landscapes, alone and with her family, in the States and traveling abroad, in her studio and on the subway.

Her work transports us to a place that feels important. A place that feels mindful. A places that beckons we slow down just long enough to notice the objects around us but then allows us to go ahead with our busy modern lives. In many ways, Abigail's work feels like a very contemporary experience of being a working artist. But it also just asks us to look at things, regardless of our backgrounds inside or outside of the arts, just to look at things a few seconds longer. Her work asks us to notice. To witness. And once we start to pay attention we realize there is so much more than what we saw at first glance."

You can learn more about Katrina's work + workshop calendar here.

For inspiring imagery from Katrina's Hudson Valley homestead
and rural studio, follow her on Instagram as well.

A special thank you to Katrina for helping me to better describe 
what I do, why I do it, and how I hope to grow my projects and outreach.

Summer to Autumn | Home Vessels

Posted on: Friday, September 23, 2016

Home Vessel 01 | Abigail Doan (2016)

The transition from season to season is not always easy for me. Possibly because 'seasons' seem so short these days, or rather, are increasingly indistinguishable in terms of their uncharacteristic temperatures and specifically, evidence of drought and foliage shock. It makes me feel quite nostalgic in an unsettling way.

Our return to NYC after close to two months in Europe left me pining for the long mountain walks of summer and serendipitous notations for Walking Libraries (WL) documentation. 

As autumn slowly seeps in, I am examining what it means to (re)occupy my home vessel – in part because of the undeniable need to have a foundation that our family operates from as an efficient system, and also because I am delving into new (old) materials as a way to return to ideas that I had decades ago. I am gently letting go of working with fiber (cord, string, thread) and shifting the balance so that my vocabulary might become stronger and my course more focused.

Hover Craft 01 | Abigail Doan (2016)

A vessel feels like the right concept or sentiment to explore, i.e. a container, a ship, a hollow tube through which liquid or simply a new life force might flow. A raft for what remains.

This is where you will now find me. Not the textile artist you once knew but the aggregator and documenter of stray (travel) materials and seasonal reflections.


News of 'Home Vessel' pieces in an upcoming group show will be announced soon.

Research and work in process photos are always findable at Lost in Fiber | Instagram.

Best wishes for a multi-hued and textured autumn for all home bodies and bold adventurers.

Lost in Fiber | Summer Travels 2016

Posted on: Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The summer tempo has arrived, and it is a true gift to be in Bulgaria and environs this July and August for quiet studio time as well as travels for further Lost in Fiber investigations as well as research for our small family foundation, the Haemimont Foundation.

I will be continuing with plein air excursions for Walking Libraries 2016 – comparing and contrasting various materials gathered during solo walks on urban pathways in NYC and Sofia, coastal California, as well as my childhood farm fields of the Hudson Valley.

New work and project updates will continually be added to my artist website – with news of upcoming press as well as movement/performative studies for late 2016 – 2017.

Throughout the summer, you can follow my art travels via Lost in Fiber on Instagram.

A special thanks to dear friends and family, near and far, for helping me to build these ongoing dialogues and investigations into the meaning of place-based making.

Lost in Fiber interview | Anny Crane

Posted on: Monday, April 11, 2016

a materials collaboration between artists Anny Crane and Abigail Doan

It is such a pleasure to finally profile the work of artist friend and collaborator, Anny CraneI originally met Anny during her time at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn/Manhattan and subsequently continued a creative dialogue with her after her move south.  

Anny Crane's Invasive mixed media installation at the Textile Arts Center in Manhattan

Anny works magic with thread and paper, but in a manner that challenges more obedient ways of embroidery stitching and hand illustration. Her intuitive drawing process peels away layers of memory while also anchoring oneself in pockets of textured vulnerability. Anny's thread-heavy works and meandering ink trails are emotionally charged and rich with personal memories, narratives, and internal byways.

Walking Libraries | 2016

Posted on: Thursday, March 17, 2016

Walking Libraries 2016 | Abigail Doan

Since the conclusion of 2015, I have been occupied with new collaborations and print publications for Lost in Fiber | agencyI do not update this blog very often these days, but given how long it has been online, I feel an allegiance to this 'older platform' and the thread of continuity. 

2016 is moving so quickly, and with this in mind, I have launched a new 'slowing down' project called, Walking Libraries. This art initiative will involve my archiving of the granular aspects of landscape exploration and tactile finds out on the trail. My goal is to incorporate more movement into my work as means to further explore personal mapping concepts as well as fluidity between materials and documentation methods.

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