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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.

Stalla AD | project space

Posted on: Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Announcing a new exhibition project space in rural Italy, with satellite projects in Bulgaria as well. Follow the trail to stalla ad. Summer 2019 exhibition details to come.

[ photography documentation by Abigail Doan | 2019 ]

New Platforms for Old(er) Musings

Posted on: Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Abigail Doan | writings on Medium 

With the exception of future exhibition announcements and publication updates, all writing projects will now appear here or under the news section of my website (currently undergoing a re/design, though).

Abigail Doan | materials + writing on Dwell

I also now have a profile on Dwell, where past design articles and documentation/research have been archived. 

This blogger journal, started in 2006, has been edited down to the most essential 100 posts. For any questions or concerns regarding images or photos shared, please inquire.

Thank you for being a part of this journey of connectivity and shared resources.

I wish you a peaceful summer to come.

Zumwalt Prairie + Oregon Residency

Posted on: Saturday, April 27, 2019

Prairie Kit 2019 | Abigail Doan 

I am excited to share that I will be traveling to Eastern Oregon in early May for a residency at The Jennings Hotel. This opportunity will allow me to further my environmental documentation project, Walking Libraries, as well as survey the region's Zumwalt Prairie.

In preparation for these travels, I am creating a kit of materials that will be used during walking excursions on the prairie as well as for future grassland and regional terrain editions. 

construction of a tule mat via Primitive Ways

Research for my trip has included tule mat weaving history and methods, 'prairie queen' quilt patterns, agricultural and traditional crafting methods/materials of the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) people, studies on what constitutes an intact or sustainable prairie system, like the Zumwalt, and writings by author, Marcy Houle. Her book, The Prairie Keepers: Secrets of the Zumwalt, exquisitely and often humorously, describes the blend of interwoven local characters and the unique plant and animal species that make up the prairie ecosystem.

I wanted to send a special thanks in advance to The Jennings Hotel, as their artist residency program coupled with the spirit of the Prairie Mountain Folk School has inspired me to look beyond my usual methods for investigating the spirit of place and site specific histories.

More from the road after next weekend, where you can always follow along via Instagram at @abigaildoanstudio and @lostinfibereditions.

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