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ToolShedding | Save the Date

Posted on: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Antique shuttle with collage drawing and threads | Abigail Doan (2015)

I am thrilled to announce that I will be sharing a sampling of my Toolshedding project in a solo exhibition at Weaving Hand gallery in Brooklyn this autumn. Please join me for an opening on Thursday, September 17th and an artist discussion on handmade (studio) artifacts and tools created or gathered while living between the U.S. and Bulgaria for the past several years. The exhibition will remain on view through October 18, 2015.

More process images and updates will be shared throughout the course of the summer. 

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). I asked Catherine (Cat) to share some words, terms, visuals linked to what was drifting through her world while creating this soundscape, and she shared the following: 

heavy air
loud silence
dry earth

Thank you, Catherine, for being such an inspiring artist to collaborate with.

See you during the next desert hike or urban drift.

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

Lost in Fiber studio with naturally-dyed fiber and textiles for installation
(dyes provided by Botanical Colors | tubes machine knit at the Textile Arts Center)

Flotsam tubes and mini-orbs being packed for the Tumbleweed Colony install

We are excited to finally come together on the eve of New York Design Week to explore the wilder side of urban living and our role as information (flotsam) gatherers in the landscape. 

Flotsam orb materials collaboration between Abigail Doan + Annelie Berner

As a primer for the evening, please enjoy this interview published by author Amy DuFault for Pratt's Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator journal. Tickets are still available via Eventbrite but are quite literally tumbling out of sight.

Follow along via Lost in Fiber on Instagram to share in the virtual spirit and hues.

Thank you, everyone, for your tremendous support along the design trail.

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.

Save the Date(s) | Tumbleweed Colony

Posted on: Monday, April 06, 2015

Tumbleweed Colony | Flotsam Orb in progress | Abigail Doan ( 2015)

Please save-the-date for an upcoming installation project that I am creating in conjunction with the Textile Art Center (TAC)'s Sewing Seeds fundraiser for 2015. 

'Tumbleweed Colony' is a site-specific gathering that will include contributors such as Sasha Duerr of the Permacouture Institute, Lily Piyathaisere of Gamma Folk, Arian Franz of The Greater Goods, Kathleen Dycaico of Gutter Rat Dyeing Co., data artist Annelie Berner, natural dye sponsor, Botanical Colors, and plant stylist, Forage + Sundry.

The event will take place from 7pm to 11pm on Thursday, May 7 in the Main Hall of the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Tickets may be purchased in advance here.

Detail of mohair and gold-dust twine for tumbleweed forms to come

Materials and process images will be shared throughout April and May, as I fabricate a colony of one-of-a-kind flotsam orbs and naturally-dyed machine-knit forms created with the assistance and expertise of TAC's textile community.

I will also host open studio hours at TAC Manhattan's West 8th Street location on April 13, 20, as well as on Earth Day, April 22, 2015. Details about these dates are available here

Drift in and tumble with us. It's a whole new frontier for natural dyes.

Winter to Spring | Emergence

Posted on: Monday, March 02, 2015

Late winter work table arrangement (2015) | Abigail Doan

This winter has been a long one in NYC, but the upside to my hibernating and nesting has been the time to focus on a variety of studio projects that will come to fruition this spring.

I am currently organizing and uploading the Lost in Fiber (2014 – 2015) artifacts library and will soon share a link to a designated .com site featuring a new 'agency' for material collaborations, imagery research, and design outreach initiatives. 

Coupled with this will be a series of print leaflets or mini-journals where the Lost in Fiber tactile experience can be held in one's hands and introduced into one's studio practice.

I am also working on a very exciting project with the Textile Art Center's Sewing Seeds initiative and the date + locale for this project will be announced very soon.

Also, early summer will include a solo installation project and community event with Brooklyn's Weaving Hand gallery + studio. By late June, I expect to be back in Europe.

In the midst of all of this activity, there will be continued travels to select rural and urban locales to document Lost in Fiber artifacts installed temporarily in unique environs.

Until the above is officially online or shared, please feel free to follow along on Instagram for daily imagery or via Facebook for news announcements. I occasionally Tumblr, too, and then some

Thank you everyone for your support throughout the winter months.  It will feel so good to emerge into the spring light and fresh rains soon. Fingers crossed.

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