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Abigail Doan

New York, New York, United States

Designer (Textile Design)

Member since September 25, 2007

  • No Borders (Post Earth-Day)

    Arts & Culture, Audio/Visual Design


    Lucy + Jorge Orta's 'Antarctica' installation at Hangar Bicocca in Milan suggests a utopic realm or safe refuge without borders and the 'equitable distribution of resources' as a new view on 'true globalisation'. Given that the Antarctic contains 70% of the planet's fresh water reserves and is off limits to military activity, where else should we turn for ideas that might thaw our numbness and paralysis to date?

    I thankfully spent Earth Day without a drop parachute or survival kit. Extremes abound on planet earth, but the edges are thankfully overlapping and softening like never before. There is unity as well in the colorful fabrics (flags) that flap in the breeze as emblems of what distinguish us.

    Studio Orta:

  • The Rubbish Vortex

    Environment, Audio/Visual Design


    We all know about the fabulous IFF Crochet Coral Reef (the press has been outstanding!), but do not miss out on the very crafty Rubbish Vortex as well, created by Helle Jorgensen, a star contributor to the Coral Reef Project.

    Jorgensen's complex and mesmerizing vortex of recycled plastic bags thriftily spun into crocheting yarn is a brilliant solution to a menacing global problem.

    See the artist's blog, Gooseflesh, for more visuals and details:

    All of the artist's work, including her accessories, are state-of-the-enviro-art.

  • IFF's Crochet Coral Reef Drifts into NYC

    Environment, Audio/Visual Design


    The Institute for Figuring's Crochet Coral Reef opens in NYC this weekend at a variety of (aquarium-like) locations. Several talks and events are being held in conjunction with this most celebratory and eye-opening of eco-fiber-art projects.

    See IFF's website for details:

    There will also be a Crochet Reef Symposium on Sunday April 20 from 11am - 3pm. The New York Institute for the Humanities will host the discussion on pattern and peril in nature and art.

    Morning Session 11am-12:30: An evocation of hyperbolic geometry and other mathematical structures in nature, and a discussion of how such natural forms inspire artists and handicrafters.

    Afternoon Session 1:30-3pm: A discussion about the biology of coral reefs and the grave threats they face from global warming and plastic trash.

    Symposium participants include Crochet Reef co-creator Margaret Wertheim, Smithsonian coral reef expert Dr Nancy Knowlton, AMNH evolutionary biologist Dr Niles Eldredge, NYU biologist Dr Tyler Volk, and pattern artist extraordinaire Tara Donovan.

    Location: NYU Cantor Film Center, 38 E. 38th Street.

    More information about this event may be seen at the NYIH website:

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    I am currently reading Kate Fletcher's book, Sustainable Fashion and Textiles: Design Journeys, published by Earthscan. For anyone interested in the future of textiles, fashion, and sustainable lifecycle dressing, this is a must read.

    Sustainable Fashion and Textiles: Design Journeys brings together for the first time information about lifecycle sustainability impacts of fashion and textiles, practical alternatives, design concepts and social innovation. It challenges existing ideas about the scope and potential of sustainability issues in fashion and textiles, and sets out a more pluralistic, engaging and forward-looking picture, drawing on ideas of systems thinking, human needs, local products, slow fashion and participatory design, as well as knowledge of materials.

    Kate Fletcher has been working in sustainable fashion and textiles since the early 1990s. She now works as an independent consultant with clients including high street retailers, designer-makers and non-profit organizations. Kate finished a PhD in 1999 at Chelsea College of Art and Design, investigating sustainable design opportunities in the UK Textile Industry, before working as a post-doc researcher and spending four years as a lecturer in Eco Design at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

    (The above information is from the Earthscan publisher website.)

    See also

  • Smockshop

    Arts & Culture, Fashion Design


    " A smock is a simple double wraparound garment designed by Andrea Zittel. These versatile garments are both attractive and utilitarian - each garment is one of a kind, and is sewn by an artist who reinterprets the original design based on their individual skill sets, tastes and interests. The smockshop generates income for artists who’s work is either non-commercial, or not yet self sustaining."

    Quoted from the Smockshop website:

  • knitPro Application by MicroRevolt

    Arts & Culture, Audio/Visual Design


    Created by multi-media, fiber artist extraordinaire, Cat Mazza, "knitPro is a web application that translates digital images into knit, crochet, needlepoint and cross-stitch patterns."

    Just upload jpeg, gif or png images of whatever you wish -- portraits, landscapes, logos and knitPro will generate the image pattern on a grid sizable for any fiber project.


  • Entwined by The Campana Brothers

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design


    The fabulous boys from Brazil, The Campana Brothers, have co-curated a texturally rich and fiber fanciful exhibit as part of the Cooper Hewitt's next installment of guest curators hand-picking works from their historical permanent collection. 'The Campana Brothers Select' is a craft medley of works that support their vision of intricately woven and plaited objects, as per their Transplastic Chair series and other organic objects and installations.

    I love that the online exhibit demonstrates the categorization process of the Campanas by way of 'tags' that illustrate the selected works' genus and species, so to speak. This exhibition is on view until September 28, 2008 or you can visit the Cooper Hewitt's blog for a virtual tour of the 'Making Trans...chair' process.

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    A few new books that I am looking forward to locating, reading, and scrutinizing early this Spring:

    Eco-Chic: The Fashion Paradox, by Sandy Black. Release date: 4/15/08 by Black Dog Publishing, UK.

    Sustainable Fashion: Why Now? A conversation exploring issues, practices, and possibilities, by Janet Hethorn, Connie Ulasewicz, Yvon Chouinard. Release date: 4/08, by Fairchild Books.

    " Through a collection of specially commissioned essays, Sustainable Fashion: Why Now? examines the issues of sustainability that designers, product developers, and consumers confront as they go about their business of creating, wearing, and recycling clothing and fashion. In a broader sense, the book considers what "sustainability" means alongside "fashion"—two seemingly contradictory concepts as fashion is all about change and sustainability, is all about preservation..."

    Sustainable Fashion and Textiles: Design Journeys, by Kate Fletcher. Release date: January 2008, by Earthscan Publications Ltd.

    I also have to pull out a copy of Earth Pledge's FutureFashion White Papers in order to compare notes on where we have been and what progress has indeed been made in the span of just a few years.

  • Suzy Menkes Visits Esthetica

    Arts & Culture, Fashion Design


    A fascinating and almost surreal encounter between fashion-journalist Suzy Menkes and the organizers and featured designers at London Fashion Week's Estethica - a curated showcase of sustainable fashion and green accessories.

    See Bright Cove TV:

  • Social Fabrics Event/Exhibition

    Arts & Culture, Fashion Design




    WHAT: Social Fabrics: Art + Media + Interconnectivity is an event-style exhibition sponsored by the LEONARDO EDUCATION FORUM and the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS, and co-sponsored by the COLLEGE OF ART + DESIGN, LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, in association with the Laboratory for Creative Arts & Technologies and the Office of Sponsored Programs, LSU, and hosted by the 2008 ANNUAL MEETING OF THE COLLEGE ART ASSOCIATION.

    Social Fabrics will explore artists' creative deployment of mobile, socially interconnective media as wearable attire. Social Fabrics will emphasize convergences between individual expression and statement making, on the one hand, and the phenomenology of "network society" on the other. Technological garments or accessories will be presented as will works that comment on, or critique, our digital media-infused and fashion driven lifestyles. Works will be presented by artists from all over the United States and Canada and countries abroad including Great Britain and Australia.

    CURATORS Susan E. Ryan, Louisiana State University and Patrick Lichty, Columbia College Chicago

    ARTISTS Teresa Almeida; Margarita Benitez; Joey Berzowska and Di Mainstone; Kathy Bruce, James Cook, and Alastair Noble; Rachelle Beaudoin and Jeanne Jo; Geraldine Juárez; Matt Kenyon; Younghui Kim; Sarah Kettley and Frank Greig (Speckled Computing Consortium); Daniela Kostova and Olivia Robinson; Heidi Kumao; Ebru Kurbak, Ricardo ...

My Interests

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