Warm for the Holidays…

Gifting is guilt-free when you choose American-made recycled handcraft! Here’s a sampling of what’s in store for you at the galleries across the country:

Brookfield Craft Center
286 Whisconier Road (Rt. 25), Brookfield, CT 06804
Recognized as one of the finest schools for creative study in America, a percentage of your hat purchase supports their teaching of both traditional and contemporary craft.

Peters Valley School of Craft
19 Kuhn Road, Layton, NJ 07851

Peters Valley School of Craft is a 501(c)(3) founded in partnership with the National Park Service to promote and encourage education and excellence in craft. They are now recognized as an internationally renowned center of fine craft. A percentage of your hat purchase supports their mission. BREAKING NEWS: You can now purchase a few of my hats on their online gift shop!

Creative Minds Art Gallery
123 North Beach Road, Suite F1, Eastsound WA 98245

Creative Minds showcases art that with a skip, jump or twist redefines creativity and functionality … as a result something common becomes special, for that someone special (or for special you – it’s allowed!)

Social Fabric
1302 Commercial Street, Bellingham WA 98225

“’Social Fabric‘ describes the connections we make with one another, making us all a part of the common thread of society…” This gallery focuses on sustainable, upcycled fashions and accessories as well as teaching and community building.

Nature’s Kitchen
412 South Main Street, Yreka, CA
“Organic in Yreka for over 30 years”, Nature’s Kitchen is a whole-grain bakery/cafe and gift shop featuring both local artisans and Fair Trade artists from around the world.  Nature’s Kitchen serves as a center of the community and supports many causes and organizations there. These pieces arrive December 18.

Tubac Center of the Arts
9 Plaza Road, Tubac AZ 85646

Located at the main intersection of this village which hosts over 100 art galleries and eclectic shops, the Center offers a full range of arts programming, seasonal exhibits and opportunities for artists (like me) to exhibit their work.

As you can see, it’s been a rockin’ year in my little studio – so much so that I now have custom orders booked through mid-January 2020. Here’s a sampling of collaborative works with recent customers. A percentage of my website sales in 2019 benefits Roots of Peace – a group that removes land mines and helps to replant those fields with vineyards and orchards, assisting farmers towards peace through sustainable agriculture in war-torn lands around the globe.

May your holidays be warm and bright, and may your shopping support causes close to your heart …

Wright At Home…

My trip to Chicago in 2018 yielded inspiration for a couple of hats.

I was quite taken with the ceiling light in the play room at Frank Lloyd Wright’s residence in Oak Park. I found its graphic nature appealing and transformed a piece of this architectural component into hats as soon as I arrived home.

The ceiling light in the playroom at the Wright Home & Studio in Oak Park, IL

You’ll find some of these hats at galleries this fall. You can also order one custom made, from my catalog.

This hat is featured in November in support of KNKX Public Radio and Peter’s Valley School of Craft in Layton, NJ, where a percentage of your purchase is reinvested into the teaching of American Craft. As always, my hats are handcrafted from rescued textiles and are eco-supportive.

As seen on KNKX Public Radio, November 2019

The other hat inspired by this trip is still in the design phase – a Gothic Peacock inspired by the Peacock Doors of the Palmer House Hotel, which I detailed earlier in my Chicago blogs. Look for the Peacock Hat to arrive here later this year. Perhaps the rest of my blogs from Chicago will find their way to Daveno Travels in that same time frame.

Time for the briefest of naps, and then back to work!

Resisting nap-time in a not-a-hotel lobby in Chicago.
Photo courtesy of my local guide, Patty Panek

A Gothic Hat…

Travel inspires my work.

This is my singular inspiration from my trip to Spain a few years back. You might spot it in in my ads supporting KNKX Radio in October, during their Fall Fund Drive.

This hat is patterned after the Cloister of St. John the King in Toledo. It took about 6 years to bring this hat from drawing board to finished piece, and hours of experimentation to translate the arches not only into textile, but into a commercially viable piece of wearable art.

The base of this hat is reclaimed black wool. The arches are ultrasuede that I gleaned from a thrift store skirt, which I then applied to the hat as padded applique in order to give some additional dimension. The architectural detailing is hand embroidered, and the hat is finished in mink rescued from a vintage coat. You can see it in person at the gallery shop at Brookfield Craft Center, or order one from my custom order catalog.