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.  

Thank You All

I owe my success in 2017 to each of you who visited my page, purchased a hat, or recommended me to a friend.  You not only supported a local artisan, but several charities as well, including World Central Kitchen, One Nation, One Appeal and Planned Parenthood.  Thank you from every part of my heart.

I feel compelled to share that 2017 was a pivotal year for my company.  After two very dismal years, this was the year that would either make me, or break me. Happily, I find myself unbroken : )

I completed some notable projects this year including donating a dozen custom-made caps to a Real Change News Vendor event in Seattle WA, and supplying both refurbished and new kuffes to a production of "Homebody Kabul" in Cambridge MA. I designed and donated about 20 hats for the Womxn's March, and by popular demand, added the KittyHat to my custom catalog, with proceeds benefitting Planned Parenthood. One of those hats is now in the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge Ontario.  Details and links to photos are in my Pro-Bono blog from March.

I took a break and spent 3 incredible weeks in Morocco which I detailed in a series of travel blogs.  Some of you might recall that I started that trip with zero luggage ... 

I taught myself to reblock vintage sun hats and discovered I am smitten by Toyo straw. (My first reblock is shown at left and sold almost immediately). I hope to work more with straws this spring.

I set up an online inventory system and spent several days reconstructing records after suffering a perfect storm of computer crashes, backup failures and a lost flash drive.  I also cut back on my participation in local shows and millinery groups so I could refine my focus and direction.

Overall, it was a good year, all things considered...

Expect to see from me in 2018:
  • A broader scope in philanthropic efforts as detailed on my FAQ page.
  • A greater selection of hats in my galleries (especially Brookfield Craft Center and Peters Valley Gallery)
  • Slightly lower prices on selected hats in my Custom Catalog due to some efficiencies and revised designs.
  • Science Hats, Imperial Smoking Hats, ReStraws and hats with leather spikes...

Stay tuned for new directions as 2018 begins...

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Date 1/1/2018
Dayna Kirkpatrick
Huzzah! I look forward to seeing your new work, reading about your new adventures & watching as your muse evolves in new directions. May 2018 bring you all you desire!

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