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Slow Stitch | Re-Print Available

Posted on: Monday, June 06, 2016




I am thrilled to announce that textile artist Claire Wellesley Smith has re-issued her beautiful book, Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art, published by Batsford Books in the U.K. This exquisitely illustrated book is a visual feast filled with one-of-a-kind studio ideas related to stitching techniques, sustainable art/design practice, and the cultivation and preservation of slow textiles. 

My work is included in the 'Locality and localism' chapter and the visuals of all artists included has made 'Slow Stitch' a go-to inspirational source for me.

Learn more about Claire's work and process via her very informative blog.

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.


Lost in Fiber | agency + tools

Posted on: Monday, December 28, 2015


I am thrilled to announce the launch of my new website, Lost in Fiber | agency
In addition to ongoing studio and cultural preservation projects, the development of an 'agency' is really a long-overdue effort to formalize creative conversations that I have cultivated with talented individuals globally. 'Agency' in this instance refers to the role that relationship-building plays in providing solutions and meaningful material exchanges.



The site is organized into the following themes: atmosphere, cultivated, destination, historic, materials + studio life, objects + tools, worn, Lost in Fiber print tools, and Lost in Fiber stories. The edited selection of images represents art and design initiatives from my own archives – this includes documentation of cultural outreach efforts, historic artifacts, travel, styling projects (see worn) as well as a collection of stories that have influenced my development as an artist and collaborator. The news section features interviews, current projects, and announcements for events. The print tools page will be active during early January 2016. More on this soon.



The site is very much a work-in-progress with more documentation to be added, but for now, I am eager to share what I feel is the next step for me in terms of personal community building tied to documented narratives. A special thank you to everyone who has contributed to the development of this creative concept, with inspiration and cheer.

Toolshedding | Material Reflections

Posted on: Thursday, October 22, 2015

'Borders | No Borders 02' | woven drawing + dried vegetation | Abigail Doan (2015)

In response to conversations and dialogues related to my recent Toolshedding installation at Weaving Hand studio in Brooklyn, I am sharing passages from my October 1 artist talk as well as links to a selection of views from the gallery walls. The following passages (in quotes) are my own (material) reflections:

"The concept of Toolshedding grew out of a need for tools and authentic objects that might interweave (or facilitate common material relations) across formal disciplines and locales. 

That is, modern tools that might also serve as border defying agents."


Toolshedding (2015) installation in Brooklyn incorporating Bulgarian shepherd bells, twined textiles from Archive New York, oversized pom-poms created as a collaboration with Zaida of Balmaseda studio in Brooklyn and Puerto Rico, linen fiber donated by artist Brece Honeycutt, and Icelandic sheepskin 'scraps' from the design studio of Titania Inglis.


"Given my travel between the U.S., Bulgaria, and Italy, specifically, I needed to create a nomadic studio kit that might be easily transportable, fluid in terms of the diversity or range of selected objects, and textural when situated into new contexts.

Toolshedding Exhibition + Talk @ 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.

preview of materials in Toolshedding | Abigail Doan (September 2015)

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. I am not only building a ‘shed’ for these objects but also exploring how modern materiality is rooted in craft expressions that ultimately unite rather than divide us.

Collaborative material contributors include Anny CraneArchive New York, Balmaseda studio’s Zaida Adriana Goveo Balmaseda, Bazaar BayarBrece Honeycutt, Cave CollectiveCeca Georgieva, Courtney CedarholmDoug JohnstonErin Considine, Han StarnesStudy NY, and Titania Inglis.

‘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

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