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.  

Sometimes Inspiration is Elemental

Sometimes Inspiration is Elemental
"In August, 2015, Carol Campbell and Michale Crooks attended Wayne Wichern's millinery trim class, along with four other students. One student was Judith, who, after looking around in Carol's workshop, was inspired by an unusual hat block from which Carol had created three very different hats. And Judith said that if she had a milliners guild, she would issue a challenge to milliners to each use the same hat block, sending it from one milliner to the next within a time frame, and see the different hats that resulted from the challenge. Then Wayne talked about the Edibles project, which resulted in hats by Millinery Artisan Guild of the Pacific Northwest members which are still in museums today...

Carol and Michale loved that idea so much that they issued a hat challenge for early 2016. Rather than share a block, they chose an inspiration."

Sometimes Inspiration is Elemental ... 

Since it's launch at our Hatstravaganza Spring Show in Seattle last month, this exhibit has broadened to include 25 hats by 14 makers, in what we hope will be a year-long tour of hats, caps, headdresses and fascinators, individually handcrafted by members of our Millinery Artisan Guild PNW.

This hat, titled the "Element of Exploration", will be one of three hats that I am offering for sale during this exhibit.

We are pleased to present this collection of works
April 28 - June 1, 2016
1302 Commercial Street in Bellingham


For a preview of the hats and their makers, please see millineryartisans-exhibits.com
You can also find information about this show on our Facebook Event page

If you are interested in having this exhibit come to a gallery near you later this year, please contact me.

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