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…

This blog supplements my original ‘long text’ journals on my main website at August Phoenix Hats which I plan to start moving to this website in preparation for committing my travel journals to print format by 2023. Journals on both sites are cross referenced; those at August Phoenix Hats include historical notes and expanded details, as well as additional posts featuring the hats that my travels have inspired. You can also find selected journals at Mainly Museums, where I am now a weekly 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!