Project Highlight | Walking Libraries (2016-2019)

Project Highlight | Walking Libraries

2018 to 2019 | Restoration AD

Posted on: Wednesday, December 26, 2018

restoration + walking libraries 'artifacts' | Abigail Doan | 2018

The conclusion of December.

2018 seemed to fly by but was also long in so many other ways.

I want to take a moment to thank all of the talented individuals and key organizations who I collaborated with or who helped me to further ideas for the growth of this past year's studio projects.  

It was a year filled with learning from others, slowing down (still), and going deeper into what might better sustain me/us for 2019 and beyond. I will be further fine-tuning my efforts in the new year, perhaps making less, but observing and quietly documenting more. I have loosely tagged 2019 as a year of 'restoration' [ #restorationAD ], as I work to rebuild what is in my immediate sphere and also reframe existing ideas as experiential, restorative initiatives. 

This shift will include more time in rural zones, the further repair of our property in Italy, and studies in somatic/movement-based/restorative arts. The past two years of charting out 'Walking Libraries' has led me to a crossroad where I might also look back at where I started out, over thirty years ago, as an environmental documenter/thinker not yet immersed in fiber and/or textile arts. When I graduated from art school (after transferring there from Princeton University), I was in constant cycles of self-examination that never really allowed me to simply pursue a full-on studio practice. I worked as a researcher in documentary film, as an art/design educator, an art director, an editor/writer, and also as a flower farmer to pay for my schooling. 

All of these layered experiences became entwined in my 'practice', but it was a path that did not follow the usual art career trajectory. I am sharing this now, as I feel that we all must ultimately listen to what 'work' makes the most sense for us, makes sense for the world we currently inhabit, and ultimately will make a difference, in incremental though persistent ways, as we continue to unravel and rethread the challenges we collectively face. 

This is why restoration feels like the right term for me now.

Vulnerability paired with self-knowledge seems to be so fragile or endangered these days, particularly in ways where being furthered exposed might actually better direct us towards relief. Relief from pain as well as relief from ingrained patterns and environmental despair.

With less maintenance of what should be and more curiosity about what might be or what could be, there is more space, less consumption perhaps, and the possibility for still-ness that also remains tied to action (and activism).

This still-ness will be my new terrain, both as a territory to explore as well as atmospheric pockets to (re)visit, mend a little, empty out, refill perhaps, and identify or reframe with an appropriate, more resilient (personal) climate reading.

Geo-logical lab samples from Walking Libraries (2016-2018) | Abigail Doan

2018 to 2019 Project List and Acknowledgements

Walking Libraries (2016-2018) | archiving ongoing in 2019

Studio dialogues + space sharing in Bushwick with Molly Haynes 

studio materials in Bushwick, Brooklyn with Molly Haynes

Ongoing scent trails + atmospheric/terrain research with Atelier de Geste 

Earthtones L.A. [ event/installation collaboration with designer, Titania Inglis ]

Folly Cove Follow Up exhibition at Russell Janis Gallery in Brooklyn, NY

Marfa + New Mexico travel [ including Spacelandings talks with artist/weaver, Elizabeth Marie Hohimer ]

Walking Libraries work table with Kraftmaking the Future materials in background

Kraftmaking the Future: Fibers and Foraging Workshop in Transylvania with KraftMade and invited artists/designers/craftspersons

materials from Walking Libraries dialogue at Parsons School of Design | 2018

Parsons School of Design visiting artist lecture for Walking Libraries (2016-2018)
[ invited by professor, Victoria Manganiello ]

Exhibition of Kraftmaking the Future: Fibers and Foraging in Transylvania at the Textile Arts Center during Gowanus Open Studios in Brooklyn (October 2018) and at the Casa Matei Gallery in Cluj, Romania (November 2018) 

NURAXI Holiday 2018 | Abigail Doan studio | NYC

NURAXI x Teresa Robinson [ site-specific textile sanctuary in NYC, November 2018  ] 


Daily Migrations | Arts Territory Exchange

Posted on: Thursday, October 11, 2018

I am thrilled to announce my participation in 'Daily Migrations', a collaborative exhibition + documentation project by Without Appeal and Arts Territory ExchangeMaterials from the archives of Arts Territory Exchange's artist projects and shared views from their respective studio zones/places of inquiry serve as an opportunity to create portals between a range of site-specific practices.

micro terrain with land artifacts + fiber | Abigail Doan | NYC on view in Daily Migration

To learn more Arts Territory Exchange (ATE) and their mission to explore ideas related to 'remoteness and dislocation' in artist(s) practices as well as 'geography of production', visit this link.

"Creating a vast global network of connected topographies and reaching to the worlds most  isolated places, the Arts Territory Exchange facilitates collaboration between artists in remote and wilderness locations such as, islands, deserts, refugee camps, small communities or for those that feel themselves to be ‘remote’ in other ways, cut of from the networks which usually sustain a practice. Artists are invited to exchange materials exploring ideas of territory, locality and place, documents from their postal/digital exchanges become part of an interactive living archive and evolving resource to be consumable by a global audience."  - ATE

Walking Libraries | Final Season

Posted on: Wednesday, September 19, 2018

I am pleased to share that my two year long archiving/documenting/making project, Walking Libraries, is now in its last season. This summer, while preparing for the Kraftmaking the Future gathering in Cincu, Romania, I created this online archive of select images that illustrate the range of various spatial pockets of the project.

My friends from Romania will be coming to NYC during late October to share materials from their local community outreach project – along with a Walking Libraries lab and the work of other global Kraftmaking participants and researchers – more on this next month. [ Additional images will be added to the archive after this event ].


Feel free to follow #walkinglibrariesedition on Instagram for highlights from my finds and studio process. *Do not miss learning more about #kraftmakingthefuture and their timely craft/heritage narratives from the terrain of rural Transylvania.

#walkinglibrariesedition | documentation + materials processing

My next series will be related to ideas about 'restoration' – environmental, personal, and spatial. This will include documentation from a long term, historic renovation project in rural Italy, as well as ideas related to the mending / restoring of atmospheric states.

Kraftmaking the Future | Transylvania

Posted on: Sunday, July 29, 2018

research for Walking Libraries at 'Kraftmaking the Future' in Transylvania

I am so thrilled to announce my participation in a mid-summer workshop in Cincu, Brasov County, Romania. This week long gathering in Transylvania has been organized by KraftMade cultural preservation and craft/textiles studio. In addition to other workshops, my Walking Libraries project will be shared as an immersive experience for place-making observation and rural documentation.

The Walking Libraries 2016 – 2018 online archive is now an open online resource for artifacts and materials research on and in partnership with the land. Submissions are accepted and will be reviewed from both rural and urban regions. 


KraftMaking the Future: Fibers and Foraging Heritage in Transylvania is a workshop taking place during 29 July – 5 August in Cincu for a selection of the best MA students of the Fashion Design Department/University of Arts and Design, Cluj-Napoca. This workshop aims to show, theoretically and practically, how sustainable practices and connection to culture and place narratives can be integrated in the fashion industry and creation of textiles. Results of the workshop and documentary will be presented first at Textile Arts Center (New York) and University of Arts and Design (Cluj-Napoca).

Workshop concept and host: Soxen Association, KraftMade
Lecturers and workshop materials: Abigail Doan (USA), Zayaan Khan (South Africa), Victoria Manganiello (USA), Marlene Stanciu (Romania). Filmmaker: Kristin Kremers (USA). Project coordination on behalf of University of Arts and Design/Fashion Design Department: Prof.univ.dr. Elena Basso Stănescu and Conf.univ.dr. Lucian Broscățean.
Cultural project co-funded by AFCN. *The project does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. AFCN is neither responsible for the content of the project, nor the way in which the results of the project can be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the funding beneficiary.
A special thank you also to our event sponsor: Domeniile Averești.
Workshop partners include: the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn/NYC Fashion Design Department/ Universitatea de Artă şi Design din Cluj-Napoca / UADEvangelic CA Parish Cincu, Primaria Comunei CincuMesteshukar ButiQ - MBQ.

'Kraftmaking the Future' workshop announcement artwork by Aitch 

More workshop documentation and details to come. Follow Kraftmade on Instagram here.

New Editions | Aggregate Travels

Posted on: Saturday, May 26, 2018

Walking Libraries editions  [ 2018 ]  |  Abigail Doan

I am just settling in after a week of solo travel in the American Southwest and time visiting locations that have inspired me for close to two decades. 

This itinerary included: Mountainair and Three Rivers, NM; White Sands National Monument; the drive south to Marfa, TX and the Davis Mountains; the drive north to the Guadalupe Mountains near Salt Flat, TX on to Roswell, NM; and finally closing the desert loop with Santa Fe and Abiquiú. 

This trip was very much about re-visiting those coordinates and locations that provide continuity in my land-based research and the subsequent atmospheric documentation.

I came across this quote by Lucy Lippard, while on the road, and it overlaid nicely with my current interest in editions that are print-based (photographic) as well as artifact-like in their handmade, geo-logical nature.

"A piece of paper or a photograph is as much an object, or as 'material' as a ton of lead." 
– Lucy R. Lippard

Enjoy this sequence of imagery, as I feel that it truly conveys how I feel as an artist whose process is a slow and steady aggregate of materials and observations over a span of time.

Mountainair, NM | 2006–2018 | ph. Abigail Doan

[  Mountainair is where I did this residency in September of 2006 ]

[ The LAND/an art site book is findable here ]

Abo Salinas Ruins, Mountainair, NM | 2018 | ph. Abigail Doan

White Sands National Monument, NM | 2018 | ph. Abigail Doan

'Hyperobjects' @ Ballroom Marfa | Marfa, TX, 2018 | ph. Abigail Doan

Marfa, as is | 2018 | ph. Abigail Doan

Marfa, as is | 2018 | ph. Abigail Doan

Leaving Marfa, TX en route to Roswell, NM | 2018 | ph. Abigail Doan

Rocket debris by Robert H. Goddard, Roswell, NM | 2018 | ph. Abigail Doan

Spacelandings encounter en route to Galisteo, NM | 2018 | ph. Abigail Doan

Rocks near Ojo Caliente, NM | 2018 | ph. Abigail Doan

You can also view more documentation + studio process + travel photos via Instagram.

Winter to Spring | Seasonal Transition

Posted on: Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Walking Libraries | print series 2016 - 2018 | photo: Abigail Doan (NYC)

Seasonal news – from my Brooklyn studio to upcoming events in NYC and beyond. 

I am excited to share that I am currently working from a new space in Bushwick where I can finally delve back into work that has been in storage and will be re-visited as part of ongoing materials research and textiles experimentation. I will share more images of work-in-progress, but the excavation of these layers has been energizing as March concludes.

Walking Libraries (2016-2018) artifacts + materials photo: Abigail Doan (NYC)

During the month of April, I will be finalizing the edits for a print folio featuring select images from Walking Libraries (2016-2018). It is wonderful to review this work in great detail as I transition to creating hand-formed clay 'traces' of some of the artifacts and found forms.

May is design month in NYC, and I am thrilled to share that last year's, In The Steps of Folly Cove at Russell Janis Gallery, will take on new life in the showing of Folly Cove Follow Up, a textile print and design upholstery exhibition co-curated by Annie Coggan and Janis Stemmermann. There will be an opening and auctioning of the final pieces on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Previews to come.

Notes from Season 01 + Season 02 | an olfactory art project with Atelier de Geste

I am also finally closing in on the final details for a commissioned scent created by Beau Rhee of Atelier de Geste. June 2018 is our goal for releasing this olfactory art edition of atmospheric tools inspired by two seasons. The project has evolved slowly, mirroring both Walking Libraries (2016-2018), as well as conversations regarding sustainable bodies and movement. I look forward to sharing this new initiative embedded within my evolving studio practice and the subsequent feedback from my community.

Spring still life vignette in my NYC home studio

And lastly, I am working diligently to update my artist website as well as Lost in Fiber | agency's archive and news, as the second half of 2018 will be focused on outreach initiatives in NYC as well as pockets of rural Europe. 

Day to day updates on projects and process/materials investigations are always viewable on Instagram via Abigail Doan Studio and Lost in Fiber | agency

Sending fresh spring wishes and trails of inspiration to all.

Anatomy Series | New Works on Paper

Posted on: Monday, February 19, 2018

Anatomy 01 | Abigail Doan [ 2017 ]

I am pleased to announce that two works on paper from my Anatomy Series [ 01 + 02 ] are currently available at Russell Janis Gallery in Brooklyn. These collage drawings are made from recycled scientific prints with graphite and soft pigment on Japanese paper.

This work is from the Potters and Printmakers exhibition at Russell Janis in December 2017.

Please contact the gallery for further information and to learn more about future projects.

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