Dawn Doran

“The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”

–Eden Phillpotts

I am an artist and craftswoman living in Reisterstown, Maryland with my Pirate Husband our 2 magical daughters.

As an artist and all around crafty -lady, I strive to create everyday.  I find sustenance in many realms of creativity—fiber, painting, drawing, cooking, sewing, the garden…. I especially find aesthetic inspiration in the company of my family.  I endeavor to be a lifelong student of Art in its many forms, and believe that the act of living an artful and ART-full life is essential to my spirited existence.

My present work is primarily with fiber.  I love to dye yarn and fiber, to create blended fiber batts and spin yarn in both traditional and “art-yarn” techniques.

I also teach classes in fiber arts, fine arts, and craft.  I have a degree in Art and Education. I believe that everyone is born with the gifts of imagination and creativity.  As a teacher, I love to help people who have forgotten or misplaced these gifts to rediscover them.

There is a guiding principle that I hold to in writing an interview paper, teaching and living:

“Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” Charles Mingus

2 Responses to About

  1. Arlene Ciroula says:

    Hi Dawn!

    It was great seeing you at the Handspun Yarn Party last weekend. I hope the day was good for you.

    I’ve launched the Spin Artiste blog: http://www.spinartiste.com

    I would love to do an interview on you — please email at so we can get the ball rolling.

    Thanks so much, Arlene

  2. Brandy Tomhave says:

    Thank you for helping me find my creativity again. After 15 years of “trying to get serious,” I somehow misplaced it. Apparently, I was sitting on it.

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