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.  

The Next Artisan Generation

One of my personal goals is to further both appreciation for and teaching of American handcraft.  For a few years now, that has taken the form of selling my hats through schools such as Brookfield Craft Center and Peters Valley School of Craft, where a percentage of my sales is reinvested into a curriculum that introduces traditional American craft such as blacksmithing, pottery, weaving and jewelry-making to the next generation of artists and makers.

You may remember a blog note I wrote back in May, about teaching applique and embroidery to 20 members of the Seaview Weaving and Fiber Arts Guild.  That's where this next bit of networking begins ...

Elsa, one of the guild members who participated in that workshop, showed me her progress on her selected piece (shown above).  Sinc
e that time she has launched another project -- a Fiber Arts Club for young teenagers (ages 9-12) in Lake Forest Park, just north of Seattle.  The club meets on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month and is currently scheduled through April. Kids who attend will find materials and tools to help them explore functional fiber techniques such as carding, spinning, weaving, knitting, and sewing. Elsa's son, who also teaches, is an artist in his own right, turning his needle felting into characters from a galaxy far, far away... 

Elsa is volunteering her time to introduce kids to these arts and crafts, and says "I want to establish a routine so you can drop in or attend regularly. I enjoy giving back to a community that has given me so much, so I will continue to volunteer while actively seeking funding."

She sent me these photos of her students and their works in progress, and asked if I might be interested in doing an encore of the kits I provided as a teaching tool for the Seaview Guild.  

Elsa, thank you for asking!  A box of kits and supplies for a dozen students is on its way!

I look forward to seeing some of the finished projects, and hope that it inspires some of your young artists to pursue a career in the fiber arts. Thank you for working to further the teaching of art and craft in your community! 

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