|Limited edition wearable artworks from upcycled textiles and found objects. The hats shown here are previous works. |
Lao Hats is now August Phoenix
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“Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected…”|
-- William Plomer
I’ve had a penchant for making new things out of old things for as long as I can remember…
I’m also fascinated by the history, arts and architecture of Europe, Central Asia and the Far East, as well as historical techniques used in textile production and embellishment in those times and places. These two passions merge in my work.
I craft my hats from textiles and found objects that I glean from thrift stores, rummage sales, and other people’s cast-offs, using tools handed down to me from my mother and grandmothers. Many of my hat patterns, embroidery stitches and techniques date back several centuries. Working with “old timey” tools, techniques and textiles gives me a sense of reclaiming history, while giving a contemporary use to previously discarded objects.
August - (adj) resplendent, noble … Phoenix - (noun) a mythical bird represented in many cultures as being born anew from its own ash; (verb) a thing of peerless excellence; August Phoenix - a reference to the fusion of cultural and historical influences that dominate my work; a nod to objects reused.
August Phoenix is a woman-owned business and a registered trademark in the State of Washington. I am a a member of the Northwest Art Alliance, the Brookfield Craft Center, and the Textile and Fiber Arts List (TAFA).
A percentage of your purchase from my website benefits Real Change, a non-profit organization taking action to end homelessness and poverty.
PO Box 976, Seattle WA 98111
It has been an extraordinarily busy spring for me. I finally took a few days away from the day job to attend to gardens, to Odin, and to move my website to a new hosting service.
I have a great deal of work to do, including setting up 301 redirects, setting up a shop link on my Facebook page, and moving my 25+ years of papers, DIY articles and travelogues to my new blog. A blog! I've never had one of those before...
I am pleased so far with the results. I'm still planning a formal announcement, but in the meantime, I'm doing this soft rollout to give my friends, fans and folloers a Sneak Peak Preview.
So, there you have it. I'll post again soon. Promise!