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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.



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 | 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

Material Dialogues | Summer Patina

Posted on: Wednesday, August 05, 2015

featured piece 'Euphrosyne, 1991 | linen, black tape

with oxidation | verdigris details

Summer Escape | Gela and Rural (Folklore) Traditions

Posted on: Friday, July 24, 2015

Hiking artifact crafted in Gela, Bulgaria

Time and time again, I am deeply inspired by the rural environs of Gela, Bulgaria. As the professed birth place of Orpheus, the stunning landscape surrounding Gela is resonant with the mysterious and primordial overtones of the Rhodope Mountains' agrarian history.

Summer Studio | Portal 01

Posted on: Saturday, July 11, 2015

July 2015 work table with vintage Bulgarian fashion patterns, my favorite book of embroidery motifs, and printed textile scraps from Archive New York

Pattern detail from a Bulgarian icon painting | photo by Abigail Doan

'Make Hay While the Sun Shines' | mixed media | Abigail Doan (2015)

'Soft Fence Line' in progress with recycled textiles scraps | photo by Abigail Doan


All of the above, fueled by fresh cherries and peaches in Bulgaria.

Portal to Summer 2015

Posted on: Thursday, June 25, 2015

A selection of Lost in Fiber artifacts + studio materials for Summer 2015

I will be drifting soon to my summer perch or perches overseas. As usual, the dilemma of how to pack a 'nomadic studio' can be a bit daunting, and in preparation for my upcoming Toolshedding installation this autumn, there seems to be a mix of tools as well as fiber materials in my kit.

Throughout the summer of 2015 I will be posting more updates on Instagram and Tumblr than on my artist blog, so please feel free to follow along for both travel images as well as process musings.


Some of my favorite fiber accessories being archived before travel






See you on the other side of personal research time and slow travel.

Post Pastoral

Posted on: Saturday, May 30, 2015

Lark Ascending II (print) available here

They had me from the very start with the poetic collection name, Post Pastoral. Talented and thoughtful friend, Adele, from Voices of Industry writes:

In February, I began a conversation with Valeda Beach Stull, artist and photographer, as part of a broader inquiry into the pastoral. Our correspondence started with a set of woven objects and a handful of literary and musical references. Valeda responded to each woven object and captured her work on film. 

This new collection of work embodies our dialogue of woven objects, soil, seeds and light as we examined both the beautiful and the brutal, dissonance and synchrony.

Triptych 1 | handwoven three panel triptych with indigo drawing | available here

The Garden (print) available here

Sense of Place (print) available here

Perhaps it goes without saying that visual narratives like this really work for me. Not only am I able to lose myself in layers of detail that transcend the standard product shot or studio visit, but the unexpected intersections of deep(er) craft can emerge in ways that reflect the pining we feel – as modern drifters over local soil or our orderly urban grid.



Read more about Post Pastoral here. All images courtesy of the artists | designers.

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, October 1 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 20, 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). 

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

Winter Samplings

Posted on: Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Detail of wheat sheaves in Amy Franceschini's installation


Sunday afternoon tea break with Nick Night's 'Flora' and plastic bag twining in progress


Armita Raafat's Untitled, 2012 in 'Sampling' 
curated by Dara Meyers-Kingsley at Pavel Zoubok Gallery

Preview of winter cornucopia textures for Lost in Fiber 'material collaborations'
encaustic on panel by Abigail Doan + hand-knitting by Courtney Cedarholm

I have been the laziest 'blogger' ever these past few weeks, and perhaps this is a function of simply doing rather than musing about what needs to get done currently. Either way, I did want to share several images from recent gallery visits and also studio snippets of material collaborations that are underway. Early February will bring announcements regarding Lost in Fiber global events, publications, and travels for 2015. 


You can always follow my daily postings via Lost in Fiber on Instagram.

All above photos by Abigail Doan.

Lost in Fiber 2015 | interview

Posted on: Monday, January 05, 2015

photo from Starosel | Старосел, Bulgaria by Abigail Doan (2014)

It is always a beautiful thing to start the New Year off sharing an interview and reflections on where we have been and where we hope to journey. A special thanks to the Polish culture and fashion blog, Design and Culture by Ed for this feature on Lost in Fiber 2015 and the creative ideas that both inspire and keep me grounded.



Read more via this link.


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