The Warp and Weft of the Rhodopes


view of the ancient hills and terrain in Gela, Bulgaria

The ancient encampments and deep pockets of Orphic space in the Rhodope Mountains of Bulgaria just might hold the cure for what ails us. My summer travel there has been a continuum of documentation for my studio practice as well as research for the Haemimont Foundation in the U.S. and Europe.

detail of a handloom weaving from the Smolyan region of Bulgaria

Micro and the macro elements of the handmade play off each other like the local birdsongs that weave through the stillness, leaving nubs of raw texture and ridged accents on the undulating hillsides. Local shepherds still take afternoon naps under blossoming fruit trees, and foraged nettles provide a spring cleanse after long winters.

patchwork slate and tiles on a Gela rooftop
Rhodope mountain terrain in early spring

Weaving and mysterious song are the perfect pastimes for this unique region.

[ photo credits for the above: Abigail Doan ]



Abigail Doan | Studio

projects exploring the intersections of site-specific landscape phenomena, art lab/design methodologies, nature-based solutions, and cloth/textiles as metaphor