Feldman Gallery, Pacific Northwest College of Art
Borderlander's Outfitter: Designs for a Self-Sufficient Life is an exhibition of new work by Boston-based artist/designer Abigail Anne Newbold, whose ongoing project explores alternative methods of crafting one's own lifestyle and community. In essence, Newbold's project is to design and fabricate a unique toolkit -- gear specifically designed for outdoor survival that does not provide food, clothing, and shelter, but rather, enables a skill set for individuals to participate in the production of these life-giving necessities. Bringing together high-performance textiles and materials with craft-based practices such as quilting, woodworking, and metalsmithing, Newbold's aesthetic is inspired by Shaker traditions, Mid-Century Modern modular design, and the sleekness of the contemporary athletic and outdoor industry. Her work explores alternative visions of how to live in the world with greater intention, harnessing the knowledge generated through processes of making as a way to connect us with our possessions, ourselves, and our world in a deeper and more meaningful way.
Born in Boston, Newbold’s practice combines backcountry leadership skills and studies in cultural anthropology, with product design, fiber and material studies. She received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art where she studied both Industrial Design and Fiber, and an MFA in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Newbold was awarded a 2012 Boston Society of Arts and Crafts Artist Award, and was a 2012 Pollack-Krasner Fellow at the Vermont Studio Center and a 2011 Sculpture Space Fellow, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Newbold is a recipient of a 2009 Kresge Artist Fellowship, a program of The Kresge Foundation. Newbold has received recognition from each of the creative fields- fine art, design and craft, maintaining professional diversity. In addition to having her first solo museum exhibition last year at the Currier Museum of Art, Newbold’s work was featured in publications such as: the Industrial Designer’s Society of America’s magazine: Innovation, Journal For Modern Craft, Art in America, and Dwell.
She has exhibited at such institutions as Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. She continues to collaborate on design-build projects as well as fostering commissions for quilts, and furniture. She has taught at the College for Creative Studies and the Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Maine. She maintains a studio in Somerville, MA while working as Exhibitions Manager at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA. Newbold will be an Artist-in-Residence at the MacDowell Colony in October 2014.
The Philip Feldman Gallery + Project Space at Pacific Northwest College of Art is one of the first spaces visitors to PNCA encounter as they walk through the main doors of the college off NW Johnson Street. There, just up the stairs and to the left, is a doorway — a plain-enough looking doorway until you peek your head through and see what wonders are hanging on the walls, or perched on the floors, or hanging from the ceiling.
The gallery was established in 1999 in the memory of Philip Feldman, a third-generation Oregonian whose passions were creative work and good works. A successful businessman, Feldman’s career was nevertheless only one aspect of his life; he was also a collector, potter, lifelong art student, and tireless advocate for the arts. His friends and family joined in naming the gallery after him, hoping to create a space where students and community could interact.
As a teaching gallery, the Feldman is devoted to enhancing and supporting PNCA’s curriculum, as well as providing an opportunity for students to learn gallery management in a hands-on setting. Students are able to work and converse one-on-one with each visiting artist and, through several work-study positions, help realize each show.