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. 

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. 

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 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 – 2019 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. 

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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 


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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
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Click through 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 time.


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.


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