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 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.
Why did I name my company August Phoenix? August as a verb is a synonym for “resplendent” or “noble”; the Phoenix is a mythical bird represented in many cultures as being born anew from its own ash; a thing of peerless excellence … August Phoenix is a reference to the fusion of cultural and historical influences that dominate my work, and a nod to objects reused.
August Phoenix is a woman-owned business and a registered trademark in the State of Washington.
“Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected…”