The Inspired Turks…

EDITOR’s NOTE: This blog originally published in April, and linked to a website that stopped functioning a month later… so here it is again, with a link to my new website, and my apologies to those who have seen this story before…

The following collection resulted from my travels through Istanbul in 2011. They are shown alongside the architectural elements that I was inspired by, which includes the Topkapi Palace, the Grand Bazaar, and my favorite mosques.

Of this collection, the Suleyman and Suleyman Garden remain among my most popular styes, made by hand from mostly reclaimed textiles, and are now available by custom order at August Phoenix Hats.

After overcoming my fear of flying in 2009, my first international was to Carnivale in Venice, a trip that would inspire me to create hats that mirrored the sites I had seen there. Two years later, I returned to Florence, and then went on to Istanbul. I would be happiest if I could visit the world every six months :)

The full-text journals for this collection are now available here, with the shorter versions here. I hope you will continue reading the back stories behind my creations.

Next up – a Gothic hat inspired by Spain!

2 thoughts on “The Inspired Turks…

  1. I have the same problem : ) and some, like the AyaSofya, I’ve only been able to replicate once. But I do enjoy turning architectural elements into wearable art. Just this morning, I figured out how to adapt a Berber design from a door I saw in Morocco … so many ideas, so very little time …


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