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.  

The Hat - the Rest of the Story

Posted by Heather Daveno, Hat Whisperer on 12/30/2014 to Textiles & Wearables

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful woven hat. It sat on a shelf of a religious bookstore in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, growing dusty as it waited for just the right person to try it on...

...a tale begun by Brian, interrupted by Tailor, and woven together by Heather ... (as told by Brian's wife, Joan...)

Glancing Back, Peering Ahead

Posted by Heather Daveno, Artisan Hatter on 12/17/2014 to News & Miscellanae

'Tis that time of year when I slow down, catch my breath, and take a look around. Taking stock of what I have done, and where I want to go next...