'Atmosphere' encompasses a range of reactions and sensations that envelope the planet we inhabit.
This might include the tonality or mood of a place, a situation, or a unique work of art. Documentation of 'fragility' and 'resiliency' in the natural world is an integral part of art + design conversations that inspire collaboration and timely solutions.
An exploration of ideas related to found and handmade tools that might inform materials design exploration. See also, Toolshedding, with more details soon.
(featured images by Abigail Doan).
Objects that are worn to reveal our true nature and desires.
This gallery features materials that explore how we might engage with artifacts and fashion objects as a means to explore the future of material culture and thoughtfully integrated designs.
The December 2015 sequence is entitled, Winter Cornucopia. and features personal finds from Bulgaria, rural parts of the United States, as well as a 'pom-pom heavy' textile collaboration with the artist, Zaida Adriana Goveo Balmaseda.
'Worn' will be a monthly feature and narrative project.
A more thorough review and sharing of the book's exquisite details is to come, but for now, feel free to celebrate this timely publication's release by following the event page as well as Sasha's Instagram account for samplings of her vibrant plant dye palette. Her approach to seasonal color, DIY alchemy, and botanical foraging is truly pioneering.
A special congratulations to artist/designer friends, Catherine Lauigan and Alex Wolkowicz of Cave Collective for the release of their latest collection + exhibition, Portals. This milestone marks a new direction for both individuals as they venture into new terrain for the creation of one-of-a-kind objects and artworks.
Portals, in their words, "examines the complexities of letting go in order to make room for change and transformation. Each piece aims to express the longing for, and possibility of new growth combined with the melancholy of loss. The (temporal) work attempts to embody the threshold between 'now' and 'then' and examines the artists’ process of re-definition as they move forward on individual paths … "
As part of my ongoing research on environmental actions and how they impact our (material) lives, I have been keeping a close watch on developments, or the lack there of, in protecting the boreal forest or taiga of the north.
I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel to Northern California earlier this May to exchange ideas with students in the textile arts program at the California College of the Artsin Oakland as well as the studios of local artist and design friends.
This journey was also an occasion to initiate my Walking Libraries project, particularly along the coastal routes and trails of San Mateo County and the Marin Headlands.
I will soon share an archive of images from these solo walks as well as a selection of artifacts and tools that will be part of this environmental art documentation. This was trip was also my first foray into olfactory arts, as I had recently commissioned Atelier de Geste to create a one-of-a-kind scent – later named, 'Project Pioneer Scent (PPS)'.
The weather was unseasonably cool, foggy, and somewhat stormy during my stay, and these conditions impacted the charting out of daily walks as well as the fusion of 'PPS' with the region's eucalyptus groves and salty, damp air.
I will share more news regarding 'PPS' in the near future, but as a starting point for examining the fragilities of our environs, the unique notations that nature offers, and the quality of atmosphere, this was an ideal starting point for this new terrain.
Lost in Fiber interview | Anny Crane
It is such a pleasure to finally profile the work of artist friend and collaborator, Anny Crane.
I reached out to Anny during 2015-16 to do a ‘material dialogues’ collaboration between our respective studios. We actually never worked together (in person, that is) throughout the fabrication process, but the exchange between selected ‘scraps’ led us to an interesting place as artists and material collectors.
You can view more images and read the entire interview here.
Artist Kirsten Muenster has been a dear friend for close to a decade now, and the design development of her heirloom jewelry pieces has been truly inspiring to follow. I am excited to have recently added these hand-cast, 'lost wax' hair sticks from the new 'Cast Collection' to the Lost in Fiber | styling + tools archives.
I photographed Kirsten's handmade organic pieces with a pod that I had saved and then wrapped with pale blue thread after a mountain hike in Bulgaria.
I love that Kirsten also comes from a long line of coppersmiths, sheetmetal workers, and artists. A story that demonstrates continuity across generations and trend fluctuations.
You can learn more about the artist's accomplishments here.
Since my first interview with natural and artisanal dyer, Cara Marie Piazza, the Brooklyn-based creative has launched numerous custom textile collaborations as well as a new fashion project called, Calyx by Cara Marie.
Cara creates dreamy, one-of-a-kind textiles incorporating natural dye materials such as botanicals, foraged plant matter, minerals, non-toxic metals, and culinary food wastes. Her sought-after fabrics are artistically treated ala alchemical dye sessions, ancient shibori techniques and bundle dyeing –transforming each textile into its own palette and story.
I am thrilled to (re)share this Lost in Fiber interview with Cara conducted in June of 2014. Read the entire interview here.
You can also follow Cara on Instagram for news on future designs and workshops @caramariepiazza
*featured image: 'Limited Edition Ombre Dyed Landscape Blanket' collaboration with Sharktooth NYC| courtesy of the designer(s)
Lost in Fiber interview | Brece Honeycutt
I have been cultivating a colorfully textured dialogue with artist friend, Brece Honeycutt, for several years now. I first met Brece during a wonderful talk that she gave at Pocket Utopia in Brooklyn, and since then we have shared ideas about connectivity between our rural and urban studios as well as (textile) materials swapping for art inspiration.
I am thrilled to share this Lost in Fiber interview that I conducted with Brece in June of 2014. This is when I first began musing on interesting crossovers between my own creative process and outside projects that like-minded friends like Brece had created.
Stay tuned for more news also on a collaboration currently under way between Brece and myself. Findable on Instagram with the hashtag, #correspondencecourse.
Brece's eco-dyed garments from her b(RE)ce collection are also findable at Outlet Brooklyn.
Lost in Fiber interview | Slow Creations
There is no doubt that Sweden is the ultimate 'inspiration destination'for me. Not only do I love Scandinavian design and textiles, but I also admire the closeness to nature that many Swedes honor and cultivate – with genuine (sustainable) methods.
I was fortunate to meet the creative artist, photographer, and curator, Petra of 'slow creations' in Stockholm during a museum visit during June of 2013.. We had been virtual friends for some time, but it was so valuable to finally connect in person to share ideas about the nature of textiles, slow fashion methodology, and the curation of objects and personal artifacts.
Since then Petra has done more even work with natural dyes and community-based art/textile projects, but so much of what she shares in this earlier interview still has tremendous resonance.
Brooklyn-based ethical fashion label, Study NY, has been a tremendous supporter of Lost in Fiber studio experiments and stories to date. Tara St. James, was one of the first designers to generously donate 'scrap' materials for combining and synthesizing with textile materials from other locales.
Study NY has been a pioneer in sustainability methods for fashion and accessory design. The award-winning label also collaborates with artisans and suppliers who are ethically-minded and working beyond the dictates of the traditional fashion week calendar.
The design featured here is the Weaving Hand Sweatshirt, handwoven by members of the Brooklyn Weavers Guild at Weaving Hand studio. Hand-cut 'scraps' from the Study NY Twist Dress were given new life in this 100% organic cotton pull-over.
Study NY's story is timeless and revolutionary – image courtesy of the designer.
Courtney Cedarholm | knitted pelt
Artist and knitter extraordinaire, Courtney Cedarholm, has been one of the coolest creatives to collaborate with. Not only is she a technical ace with knitting needles, but her good-natured, outdoorsy spirit permeates all that she touches.
Courtney created this amazing, hand-knit 'pelt' from one ply yarn acquired from Hans Starnes studio in Nashville. It is now in the Lost in Fiber | artifacts collection and will travel to upcoming events during 2016.
Do not miss Courtney Cedarholm on Ravelryas well as her playful line up of design ideas and fashion projects on Tumblr.
CC design photographed by Abigail Doan in NYC (2015).
Faye Lessler | Sustaining Life | Threads
It is an amazing thing when people spontaneously reach out to connect, generously and intuitively so. This is what Faye Lessler did when she was re-locating from San Francisco to Brooklyn, New York, earlier this year. As the sustainable design and lifestyle advocate packed up her belongings to head east, she kindly offered to donate 'scrap' threads and textiles from previous design projects to the Lost in Fiber cache of materials. I had never met or spoken with Faye before, but her kind offer seemed to good to pass up. I welcomed her mailing with open arms. This photo documents the moment of integration and play when her threads drifted onto my work table.
Faye has since created a wonderful project called, Sustaining Life. Her story is a good one and her handcrafted recipes are not to be missed. 'Tis the season for this sort of story.