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.  

Andalucia 2012 - The Alcazar and Surrounds

Posted by Heather Daveno on 9/27/2015 to Travels in Spain
The Alcazar was the castle of King Alfonso X, known as The Learned, King of Castile, Toledo, Leon, Seville, Cordoba and a few other cities. He ruled from 1252 until his death in 1284 and spent nearly two decades in what would become a failed pursuit to become Emperor of Christian Europe. In spite of draining his treasury by remaining in a state of near constant war, Alfonso also promoted a blossoming in the arts, sciences, and law. He is commemorated in the US House of Representatives as one of the world's most influential lawgivers.

Andalucia 2012 - The Jewish Quarter

Posted by Heather Daveno on 9/24/2015 to Travels in Spain
I walk along a park of hard-packed yellow clay where I would expect to find grass or pavement. Here's a statue with spikes at its feet, which I mistake for a deterrent until I start seeing spikes elsewhere ... at the base of statues, on the ridges of structures... spikes impaling a variety of fruits. I later learn that the citizenry use these spikes to feed the birds rather than to keep them away... s

Soon I arrive at a labyrinth of streets known as the Jewish Quarter.

Events of the Week

Posted by Heather Daveno, Artizan Hatter on 9/20/2015 to News & Miscellanae
It's shaping up to be an eventful week, so to speak...

Please join me at my upcoming show this weekend as the Millinery Artisan Guild of the Pacific Northwest presents A Showing of Fall & Winter Hats.

Also, a cancellation or two...

Andalucia 2012 - Cordoba and the Mezquita

Posted by Heather Daveno on 9/20/2015 to Travels in Spain
Cordoba is almost as much like OZ as Istanbul was.  My introduction to this city is a drive through a very crowded street, along a stone wall which I would discover is the Mezquita, a model of which I saw at the Islamic Science Museum in Istanbul last year, and a contributing factor to my decision to come here...

Andalucia 2012 - Toledo

Posted by Heather Daveno, written in Spring 2012, revised 2015 on 9/17/2015 to Travels in Spain
Having become enamored of Islamic  arts and architecture, my next travels take me to Andalucia, in search of the remnants of medieval Spain when it was under Moorish rule ... 

Return to Turkey - Bursa

Posted by Heather Daveno, written in September 2011, revised 2015 on 9/13/2015 to Travels in Turkey
I returned to Istanbul in September 2011 for a short trip that resulted in an impromptu visit to the ancient Ottoman capitol of Bursa.

Bursa became the capitol of the Ottoman Empire under Sultan Orhan Gazi, who is buried here. The city became the cultural center of the scientific world, and was an important part of the trade routes heading West. In recent times it has become a center for textile and automotive production in Turkey. 

Crossroads Tour - A final Bazaar, a last museum, a last day

Posted by Heather Daveno, written in May 2011, revised 2015 on 9/10/2015 to Travels in Turkey
I find the Ibrahim Pasa Palace, a building that dates back to the Ottoman period. It houses the Islamic Art and Ethnology Musuem. A treasure trove ...including yurta rings and goat hair tents. Here are home interiors and women's clothing from the end of the Ottoman period. A lantern built around a Chinese dragon pattern blue and white porcelain drum... Anatolian kilims that were woven in one piece, a rare find as they are traditionally woven in two or three sections and then stitched together... 

Crossroads Tour - Aasofia and the Sea of Marmara

Posted by Heather Daveno, written in May 2011, revised 2015 on 9/6/2015 to Travels in Turkey
Today is my last day in Istanbul, much of which I will spend on a ferry among the Princes Islands.  What an incredible trip this has been.  I will pack as much happiness into the day as I can possibly muster. 

My first stop this morning is Ayasofya, another architectural wonder whose design elements I would replicate as a hat...

Crossroads Tour - The Hamami, Suleyman Camii and a Lost Taxi

Posted by Heather Daveno, written in May 2011, revised 2015 on 9/3/2015 to Travels in Turkey
I begin my day with a Turkish Bath...

Tarihi Gedikpasa Hamami (Turkish Bath) has the largest dome of any hamami in Istanbul and is one of the most important Ottoman historical buildings in this city. It serves both men and women in segregated parts of the bath. I check in at the front desk...