Why I travel…

I travel for inspiration, which you will find reflected in my hats – unique pieces of wearable art inspired by cities I have visited, museum exhibits and my personal cultural and historical studies. Travel also gives me a greater appreciation for how the rest of the world lives…

In February 2021 I started consolidating my ‘long text’ journals from August Phoenix Hats, and photos from other sites, for re-release here as “Director’s Cuts”. Some journals will be cross-referenced to August Phoenix Hats when they are textile or hat specific. You can also find selected segments at Mainly Museums, where I am a regular contributor.

I am a self taught artisan hatmaker working in recycled and reclaimed textiles. August Phoenix Hats is a one-woman-owned business and registered trademark in Washington State, and a DBA of Lao Hats. August (resplendent) Phoenix (the mythical bird that in several cultures is said to rise from its own ash) reflects the fusion of cultural and historical influences that dominates my work, and my philosophy of giving new life to textiles that would else wise end up in a landfill.

You can learn more about me here, and order a hat inspired by my travels here.

Thanks for reading my blog and following my travels!