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Abigail Doan

New York, New York, United States

Designer (Textile Design)

Member since September 25, 2007


  • Arnhem's Awearness Fashion Fete

    Arts & Culture, Fashion Design

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    This Sunday, 28 June, the magical city of Arnhem will be showcasing the Awearness Fair Fashion Show, organized in conjunction with the Arnhem Mode Biënnale 2009. This is the first year that the month long biënnale will highlight ‘sustainable fashion' as a vital theme.

    Sunday's carefully curated runway line up will include prêt-a-porter, eco couture and arty fashion labels such as Alchemist, Merunisha Moonilal, Studio Jux, Van Markoviec, Rianne de Witte, Marlon Borgschot and Hedwig Homoet.

    • visit Awearness Fashion for more details
    • featured fashion photo from Van Markoviec collection
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    For all of you land art lovers out there, do not miss the LAND/ART symposium in New Mexico this weekend. An exploration of the relationships between land, art, and community through exhibitions, site-specific art works, lectures, and a culminating book. The collaboration seeks to address our changing relationship to nature, and to offer a new or previously unconsidered understanding of the place in which we live.

    Also opening at The Albuquerque Museum, 'Experimental Geography'

    June 28 – September 20, 2009 Reception Sunday, June 28, 2-4pm Panel Discussion Sunday, June 28, 1pm

    LAND/ART symposium 2009

  • Urban Fiber Flotsam/Street Specimens

    Arts & Culture, Environmental Design

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    New 'street specimens' for Urban Fiber Flotsam will be archived and uploaded over the next day. By midweek I will begin preparing the twined/spun fiber for this weekend's crafting.

    Photos can be viewed in my flickr/CONFLUX set. Please note: the vegetation that I have harvested/collected was not picked from live plants but found on urban streets, sidewalks, and in perches along my path. I would say that vegetation and trash are fairly equal in distribution - a discovery that I did not anticipate.

  • Urban Fiber Flotsam at Conflux 2008

    Arts & Culture, Audio/Visual Design

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    Urban Fiber Flotsam at Conflux 2008 will take place over the course of several days as an exploration of the way that ‘free floating flotsam’ drifts on the streets and sidewalks of NYC. Collected materials might include unanchored litter, random street debris, historical documents, loose vegetation, lost personal artifacts, textile relics, and culinary ingredients – all gathered and spun by the artist into a single fiber that will unify the disparate nature of these mapping threads.

    On the final day of the project (in the public gardens near Conflux/HQ), the artist will create a crochet fiber piece out of spun and knotted ‘flotsam’ created during her psycho-geographic harvest in lower Manhattan.

    This proposed journey is scheduled to include the following locales: Ellis Island Museum, the ferry from Ellis Island to Battery Park, the NY Stock Exchange, World Trade Center Site Viewing Area, City Hall Park, Chinatown (textile garment region), Canal Street, Little Italy, The Sunshine Hotel (241 Bowery), the New Museum of Contemporary Art (cafe/lobby), Washington Square Park, and the Center for Architecture/Conflux HQ.

    Bouwerij, the old Dutch word for ‘farm’ (today, ‘bowery’), makes reference to ways that art farming or ‘harvesting’ might occur in urban zones beyond the usual contemporary greening strategies. In the same way that fiber and vegetation is integrally woven into the lives of dwellers in rural regions, Urban Fiber Flotsam will be a means to expl...

  • Scrap Fiber Farming

    Arts & Culture, Environmental Design

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    There is no better evidence of home grown patriotism, perhaps, than the attempt to resuscitate our endangered agricultural landscape and use of open space via subversive visual cues. Artists Catherine Bouzide and Danny Mansmith recently completed their collaborative Wrapped Pfeiffer Centennial Corn Bin installation piece as part of The Fields Project in Oregon, Illinois. I find this project to be rather timely and patriotic as we examine the role of corn, biofuel and erratic weather patterns in the future of our natural resources supply.

    The artists used recycled scrap fabrics and donated textiles from native Chicago thrift-stores as swaddling bandages for the corn storage bins. It's a poignant celebration of independence as we examine ways to make GOOD with what we already have and re-invest in the power of the communal effort and barn raising.

  • Ephemeral Horticouture

    Arts & Culture, Fashion Design

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    These handmade floral and leafy couture creations by Vancouver-based artist Nicole Dextras are pretty darn phenomenal. Known also as 'Weedrobes', the artist actually categorizes them on her website as 'ephemeral art'. They are crafted to be impermanent with only a photographic record to document their moment of green splendor.

  • No Idle Hands at Light Industry

    Arts & Culture, Audio/Visual Design

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    Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at 8pm

    Curated by Sabrina Gschwandtner

    Handcraft--absorbing, obsessive, mysterious, political, communal and mythical--is the subject of these documentaries, which range from exhaustively researched to casually recorded and even imagined.

    Works include:

    Kusama’s Self-Obliteration, Yayoi Kusama/Jud Yalkut, 16mm, 1964, 24 mins

    When This You See..., Elaine Reichek, video, 1998, 17 mins

    Odd Fellows, Alee Peoples, Super-8 to video, 2006, 5 mins

    Paracas, Cecilia Vicuña, 16mm to video, 1993, 18 mins

    Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY Art, Craft and Design, Faythe Levine, video, 20 mins (excerpt from the feature film to be released 2009)

    The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Faythe Levine, Elaine Reichek and Cecilia Vicuña.

    See http://www.lightindustry.org

  • Alabama Stitch Book

    Community, Fashion Design

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    I finally have acquired a gorgeous copy of Natalie Chanin's beautifully crafted Alabama Stitch Book. I met this very sweet designer at her book signing and trunk show here in NYC this week.

    For those of you who do not know Natalie's story, the real fashion story, and all of the stories incorporated into Alabama Chanin's hand-crafted and sustainable hometown grown garments, I encourage you to visit the website:

    http://www.alabamachanin.com

    Sit back and soak in the slow design GOODness.

  • Alabama Chanin at Barneys New York

    Community, Fashion Design

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    Prior to her book signing and trunk show, I just had to soak in Natalie (Alabama) Chanin's sumptuous designs in Barneys New York's windows.

    It was almost like being transported into a slow, simmered take on fashion's sustainable and regionally viable future.

    http://www.alabamachanin.com

  • Craft as Eco-Agency

    Arts & Culture, Environmental Design

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    Craft as Eco-Agency is a new online exhibition in gallery1 at Poplar ArtCraft.

    New York artist Abigail Doan creates "...tactile maps, floating topographies, and in situ souvenirs that highlight the delicate nature of our environs via geomorphic agency and environmental tinkering."

    See gallery1 at http://poplarartcraft.mackenziefrere.com/

My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design