Interviews and Reviews


March 2017 – Anyone who has seen Homebody will remember the beautiful hats. These were made for our production by Heather Daveno. She sat down with us to tell us more about her craft, her travels and her work for charity. You can access that interview here.

February 1, 2013 – Featured Artist on the Arts Business Institute blog: “Hat designer Heather Daveno creates a collection which blends her love of travel with artistic inspiration…”

November 10, 2012 – Seattle City Living: Seattle’s ‘Creative Class’ on Display at Upcoming Show: “A self-taught artist who lives in the Northgate area, Daveno testifies that her best teacher is trial and error..”

Spring 2011 – Katie Cordrey wrote a piece about me for the Eco-Fashion section of Green Living Journal in That article, titled Marvelous Millinery, can be accessed here: Green Living Journal.

November 2006 – I was chosen as one of the featured artists for an advert in Seattle Magazine, promoting the Best of the Northwest Arts & Crafts Show. Paul Allen was on the cover of this edition:

Mentions in the Press

April 2013 – One of my pith helmets made it into the pages of the Steampunk Gazette, a hardbound art book presented by Major Thadeus Tinker.

Spring 2011 – 1000 Steampunk Creations by Dr. Grymm – a few of my hats are featured in the fashion section.

February/March 2007 – No text, but a photo of one of my hats, full page in Quilting Arts Magazine. I would never have known about it if a friend in Portland hadn’t sent me a copy.

December 2003 – Featured in The News-Times as a participating artist in the Holiday Exhibition and Craft Sale at Brookfield Craft Center in Brookfield CT. See the article below:

November 2003 – Featured in the Coshocton Tribune as one of the artists in the Art as Gift holiday show in Coshocton OH. See the article below:

Customer Reviews

“…I am so pleased with the result of your skillful needlework. It’s beautiful, [the bells] tinkle when I walk and it fits perfectly. I was met at the door by my favorite postal worker who wanted to see what had arrived & we opened it together. She is as am I, in awe of your work. The mask is beautifully done and will come in handy when I feel the need to double mask. I also love the shopping bag it arrived in.  I have an antique hat box, my grandmother’s, I plan to store it in. I’m so tickled … I only wish I had asked about mittens, that would be perfect… —Z in Missouri

“We just received the shipments of hats today!  The hats turned out to be more beautiful in person… [we] were all stunned by it… We truly want to thank you for your collaboration with us on the Homebody Kabul production.”   —Lisa in Cambridge

“WOW, Heather — that hat is just gorgeous!! It’s so *masculine* and looks really great on me. I love the double knots on the tassel! …THANKS! Now I have two…..”  –Ken in California

“Heather is an amazing hat maker! I have purchased hats from her in the past and each one of her hats is a work of art. I have always been a very satisfied customer! I have ordered a kitty hat to show my solidarity with all the people out there fighting for the causes we believe in. Heather has generously offered to donate $30 of each hat sale to Planned Parenthood! Another reason to order one!!   —Naomi in Seattle

“…my partner has two of your hats and she said the same thing I did – there’s something oddly comforting about the way they feel on your head.” —Kate in Pennsylvania

“I bought a hat last year at Brookfield and love it!…You are a wonderful artist” —Charlotte in Connecticut

“It was around zero degrees with blowing snow… Besides MANY comments on the “awesome hat” I was toasty warm in it the entire trip…” —John in West Virginia

“Thank you so much for your talent and professional attitude. I am delighted with my new hat, and will recommend you to all who ask…” —Karen in California

“…being a connoisseur of sorts when it comes to hand made craft and objects I feel honored to be wearing a piece of your art…” —Terry in California

“I’m not a great lover of hats…but the style and beauty of this one has changed that…” —Allison n Arkansas

I just received my hat and completely smitten with it!” —Melanie in Pennsylvania

“This has got to be the most wonderful hat I have ever had!” –Melissa in Alberta

“OUTSTANDING !! The hats arrived Saturday to a standing ovation...” —Charlie in Minnesota

“…it is FABULOUS!…Historical interests aside, it’s really beautiful, and *so* warm…” —Barbara in Ohio

“Your hat fits perfectly…. I always have a hard time finding a hat that fits. And this one is just so much fun…” —Matthew in Utah

“…wish to compliment you on its construction… I will proudly wear it for many years.” —Leon in Washington

“Oh my! It’s beautiful. I think this will quickly become my favorite hat. Ever! … I just got to the front door and noticed a box on the mail table. I saw your name on the label a–nd WOOHOO!!!! Thank you so much for creating a fantastic hat just for me. I really love it!” —Michelle in Washington

“August Phoenix Hats delivered this hat to me today. It is beautiful and absolutely gorgeous! I love it. It fits nicely on my head and is absolutely stunning. It is a custom, hand made, as all of the hats are. August Phoenix Hats does absolutely fine work. And many of their hats are in art and crafts displays and museums around the US”   —Ruth in Seattle

2 Comments on “Interviews and Reviews

  1. Heather is an amazing person and a tremendousy talented artist. I have two of her beautiful hats, the first one is 20+ years old and still good as new. 🙂 quality and craftmanship is superb.

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