Welcome to Kay-Kay’s Bird Club…
My name is Kay, better known as Kay-Kay to my friends.
I make hats.
I love birds.
I take pictures of murals.
WHY HATS ?
I believe in warmth. Life should be spent warm. Every day should be as comforting as snuggling up in front of a fire. Pull on a hat and wrap up in a scarf or shawl. That is how I want to live my life, bundled up in softness.
I believe in hats. Everyone wears many different hats in life, figuratively speaking. Why shouldn’t we also have a different hat to match our every mood, to match our every role, or at least to match our every coat! No one should own just one hat.
I believe in fashion. Every style there ever was will always cycle around again, in its own way.
I believe in the circle of recycling. Old or used materials can become new again and be very chic.
WHY BIRDS ?
I believe in birds. Birds are beautiful creatures. Birds are an important part of the global ecosystem. The impact mankind has had on the decline of birds and bird habitat is something I cannot ignore. But I believe we can enjoy the comforts of a city, technology, industry, and continue to progress while still allowing and protecting a place for birds to prosper along with us. I believe we should play an active part in making that happen.
WHY MURALS ?
This is a new but prominent interest. I discovered murals during my Photo-a-day Project in 2012. Art inspires me. Murals in particular are inspiring, as they are a grand, public expression of who you are and what is important to you. Out there on a giant wall for the entire population to experience, a mural takes a personal thought or belief and puts it into other people’s hearts and minds, every time they walk by.
I want to do the same with my hats. To bring awareness of birds, the importance of birds, the beauty of birds, to other people’s hearts and minds, every time they put on a hat. I’ve always named all my hat patterns after birds. This is a first step.
WHY RUN ?
Runners inspire me. They are proof that if you put your mind to something, you can accomplish it. Everyone has determination inside of them, you just need to know how to get it out. Running gets it out.
Running offers opportunity to feel awesome, enjoy the outdoors, to catch glimpses of birds, to clear my mind, and to come up with great ideas.
I think this picture of me is hysterical (that’s me in the background, not the foreground). This is about mile 23 of the Portland Marathon in 2011, and I’m staring up at the sky watching a bird.
WHY KAY-KAY’S BIRD CLUB ?
I love being out in nature, appreciating the look of the clouds in the sky, the wind in my face, the flight of a bird, the curl of a leaf. Watching birds go about their daily activities. These things are all beautiful and breathe a life into me, make me want to get up and create something beautiful myself. Hats are my creation.
Kay-Kay’s Bird Club is a place for me to share my life, and how hats, birds, running, and murals are all intertwined.
I live in Portland, Oregon. The Pacific Northwest is a great place to be. Join me!
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