Welcome to The Phoenix Files!

This blog is a collection of papers and how-to articles I have written, as well as my travel journals and general announcements. Scholarly works from "The Library" on my old website, are labeled here as "Historica Tractatu." 

My travels have had heavy influence on my work and are the 'back story' behind many of my designs. Some of my older journals are revised from the original, and most link to photo albums on Facebook.  

A Most Fulfilling Fall

Posted by on 11/10/2014 to News & Miscellanae

"Tis the time of year when (small) boxes of hats make their way across the country to galleries and holiday shows. My hats are living up to their tagline of "Limited Editions" as I scaled back production this year in order to make time for other projects.  My Calendar shows the locations of my "hats on tour".  If you visit a gallery or event and do not find the hat you are looking for, please contact me for a custom order.  Let me know what gallery you visited so I can make sure that gallery receives a percentage of your purchase.

I am now preparing for my last local show of the year, the Best of the Northwest Art and Fine Craft Show at Magnuson Park in north Seattle. I have 'rebranded' my booth for this show, and in light of a very limited number of "Limited Edition Hats", I am launching an experiment in booth design...

"From Studio to Showroom" will feature a pop-up micro version of my home studio, complete with one of my sewing machines, the clock I am continually watching, tools of my trade, and various artifacts that keep me inspired while I am designing and constructing my hats.  You will even find a stand-in for Odin, my shop cat and feline supervisor, who is seldom more than a few feet away from me when I am working in my shop.

Come see what I've been up to. I will have a few hats to sell, and stories to tell, and, as always, I'll be demonstrating my process throughout the day.  I'll also be taking custom orders for holiday delivery.

And now for those other projects I mentioned...

As many of you know, I am on the board of directors for the Northwest Art Alliance. I have become so active that I now have the title of Communications Director, heading our social media team and producing our monthly newsletter.

Acting these past few months as an artist board member for the NWAA has been an incredible experience. It has been thrilling to craft the direction of our social media and newsletter in support of our artists and patrons. I have authored our new sponsorship page and have begun work on a couple of funding initiatives in order to lower costs for our participating artists and expand our programs and organizational visibility. 

One of those initiatives is Giving Tuesday, a campaign which we will launch the week of November 17.  This is our first year of participating in this day of giving and I cannot tell you how excited I am to to be part of this effort.  You can read about it on our Donate page, or ask me at the show this weekend. 

Thanks again for reading my blog, and for continuing to support the local handcraft community, of which I am a very proud member.

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