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. Click on a country at the top of the page, or choose a tag from the cloud at right. Journals on both sites are cross referenced; the ones at August Phoenix Hats include historical notes and expanded details of my trips, the journals on this site are shorter versions with more photos. I try to cap each country section with hats I created as a result of that trip.

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. I rebranded a few years ago with the help of my Facebook fans, and arrived at August (resplendent) Phoenix (the mythical bird that in several cultures is said to rise from its own ash) which reflects the fusion of cultural and historical influences that dominates my work, and emphasizes 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!