Project Highlight | Walking Libraries (2016-2019)

Project Highlight | Walking Libraries

New Platforms for Old(er) Musings

Posted on: Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Abigail Doan | writings on Medium 

With the exception of future exhibition announcements and publication updates, all writing projects will now appear here or under the news section of my website (currently undergoing a re/design, though).

Abigail Doan | materials + writing on Dwell

I also now have a profile on Dwell, where past design articles and documentation/research have been archived. 

This blogger journal, started in 2006, has been edited down to the most essential 100 posts. For any questions or concerns regarding images or photos shared, please inquire.

Thank you for being a part of this journey of connectivity and shared resources.

I wish you a peaceful summer to come.

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.

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. 

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