Project Highlight | Walking Libraries (2016-2019)

Project Highlight | Walking Libraries

Zumwalt Prairie + Oregon Residency

Posted on: Saturday, April 27, 2019


Prairie Kit 2019 | Abigail Doan 

I am excited to share that I will be traveling to Eastern Oregon in early May for a residency at The Jennings Hotel. This opportunity will allow me to further my environmental documentation project, Walking Libraries, as well as survey the region's Zumwalt Prairie.

In preparation for these travels, I am creating a kit of materials that will be used during walking excursions on the prairie as well as for future grassland and regional terrain editions. 


construction of a tule mat via Primitive Ways

Research for my trip has included tule mat weaving history and methods, 'prairie queen' quilt patterns, agricultural and traditional crafting methods/materials of the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) people, studies on what constitutes an intact or sustainable prairie system, like the Zumwalt, and writings by author, Marcy Houle. Her book, The Prairie Keepers: Secrets of the Zumwalt, exquisitely and often humorously, describes the blend of interwoven local characters and the unique plant and animal species that make up the prairie ecosystem.

I wanted to send a special thanks in advance to The Jennings Hotel, as their artist residency program coupled with the spirit of the Prairie Mountain Folk School has inspired me to look beyond my usual methods for investigating the spirit of place and site specific histories.

More from the road after next weekend, where you can always follow along via Instagram at @abigaildoanstudio and @lostinfibereditions.








(sun)beam exhibition in San Francisco

Posted on: Friday, March 22, 2019



I am pleased to announce my participation in (sun)beam, a group art exhibition showcasing the work of women artists who are exploring how we relate to the natural environment. 

"Through visual art, performance, textiles, and ceramics, this exhibition offers a tactile access point for the audience to take a closer look at their own relationship to nature as individuals and as a collective." 

Learn more about (sun)beam, opening 23 March in San Francisco here.

I will be sharing *a laboratory-like excerpt from Walking Libraries (2016-2019).

*see above WL image in the journal news banner [ © Abigail Doan studio ].

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