Why I travel…

I travel for inspiration, which you will find reflected in my writing and my wearable art pieces that are inspired by cities I have visited, museum exhibits and my personal studies. Travel also gives me a greater appreciation for how the rest of the world lives. Of all the things I missed during the COVID-19 pandemic, travel was near the top of the list.

In February 2021 I started consolidating my ‘long text’ journals from August Phoenix Hats, and photos from other sites, and reissued them on this site as “Director’s Cuts” with the ultimate goal of publishing them in book format. Some of these online journals will be cross-referenced to August Phoenix Hats when they are textile specific. You can also find additional articles at Mainly Museums, where I am a contributor.

I am a self taught textile artisan 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. In September 2022 I rebranded to August Phoenix Mercantile. 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.

Thanks for reading my blog and following my travels!