“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 Phoenix is a woman-owned business and a registered trademark in the State of Washington. 7% of your purchase from my website benefits Real Change, a non-profit organization taking action to end homelessness in Washington State.