“The things I create don’t always fit into one category,” explains Doug Johnston. Hardly surprising, considering his background: Doug studied architecture and studio art, and, while working at an architecture firm and in a metals fabrication shop, he started crafting objects with a softer side—see: a hand-knit yarn cylinder that covers the whole body and a sort-of nest made of woven polyethylene tubing.
From there, inspired by masonry domes and vaults and the age-old craft of basket-making, he took to his sewing machine and began coiling and stitching cotton cord into baskets that are rooted in history but have a totally modern vibe. By late 2011, Doug had quit his job to freelance, and, with the intent of making some cash to buy more material, he created a website to sell a few of his pieces. Within a few short months, he had himself a full-fledged business.
Though Doug is super into the fruits of his labors, what he’s really all about are the materials and the production process. “The process inspires itself, in a way,” he says. “I’ll make one thing, and it makes me realize I could also do something else.” —meghana gandhi
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Bonus points if done on horseback.
Because who doesn’t want a wearable hut?