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Prairie Editions | 2019

Posted on: Monday, August 19, 2019

woven palm raffia vessel by Monica Hofstadter | ph. Abigail Doan at The Jennings Hotel
[ a Lost in Fiber editions collaboration + commission ]

Several months have passed since my May artist residency at The Jennings Hotel in Joseph, Oregon, but the slower summer tempo has allowed for some reflection on my time out west and the documentation of materials and project ideas leading up to my stay and the days thereafter.

fusing ideas + materials for the prairie vessel and Walking Libraries artifacts

Walking Libraries artifacts documented in room 4 at The Jennings Hotel

My idea to commission the above prairie vessel from Brooklyn artist/designer, Monica Hofstadter, proved to be an ideal way to further my Walking Libraries investigations.

Monica offered brilliant ideas re: the creation of a hand-woven vessel (wearable art object) that was to help me store gathered materials while out on the prairie or visiting ghost towns.

The prairie vessel at rest in the 'living ghost town' of Flora, Oregon

We looked closely at tule mat weavings and cordage methods, storage vessels and baskets from native traditions in the region, as well as delving into Monica's previous collections and designs highlighting tactile experiments and soft forms. Our final solution for this edition was a distillation of/homage to these sources, and also the embodiment of a dialogue between creatives and places.

Abigail Doan | residency workspace at The Jennings Hotel

This sort of project really encompasses what my own studio practice has become. I like the idea of unique editions that refer to site-specific ideas and strategies – with the possibility that the work often becomes stronger in collaborative contexts.


For more information on Monica Hofstadter's work, visit her website and Instagram

Lost in Fiber | editions will be sharing more details regarding past and future projects soon. 

In the interim, you can follow along via Instagram here

Prairie Editions 2019 is the latest art/design project by Abigail Doan studio.

Musings from an Environmental Fiber Artist

Posted on: Friday, August 02, 2019

I have republished, or rather updated, an interview that I did for Nau Clothing's Journalas I feel that so much of what was shared in this 2013 dialogue is still quite relevant to my studio + design practice. That said, my focus has also since shifted, and I feel that it is important to better clarify a few points, or better express what my intentions are/were and what role fiber actually plays in my thinking and outreach efforts.

Please enjoy the updated piece here, and all of my writings on Medium here.

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