Welcome to The Phoenix Files!

This blog is a collection of papers and how-to articles I have written over the past 25+ years, as well as my travel journals and 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.  

Mood Indigo at SAAM

I took a break from hatmaking earlier this month, to visit "Mood Indigo - Textiles from Around the World" at the Seattle Asian Art Museum. This exhibit was highly recommended by hatter/feltmaker friend Jean Hicks, and it did not disappoint...

I was impressed not only with the diversity of cultures represented in this exhibit, but also the amount of surface embellishment that those pieces displayed.  Garments and household textiles from Japan, Korea, China, Africa and South America were displayed "in the open", which allowed me to see (and photograph) detail that is pretty much impossible to do when pieces are enclosed in glass cases.  Pieces included bedding, theater costumes and firefighters coats from Japan, which were particularly fun.  

My favorite piece from this exhibit was probably the Dragon Robe, which I had seen several examples of, but never close enough to see the thread count ... my photos from this trip also include pieces from adjoining rooms (not part of Mood Indigo) including a Japanese wedding kimono, a Chinese funerary robe, and a few of my favorite porcelains. Click here for my photos from the Mood Indigo exhibit and its Dragon Robe.

There is no museum catalog that I could find, so do take your time to view these pieces, as well as the very informative videos.  This exhibit runs through October 9.  For tickets and other information, please see the Seattle Asian Art Museum website.

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