Archive for 2014


suzanna leigh: silk delights

suzanna leigh: silk delights

By Patricia Belyea   VASHON WA  On Valentine’s afternoon, I met up with Suzanna Leigh at Vashon Tea Shop. Sipping matcha lattes, I admired Suzanna’s silk paintings on display.We chatted about Suzanna’s lifelong love of creating art. She has drawn and painted from an early age. As an adult, Suzanna continued to follow her muse, […] read more +


eager hands

eager hands

By Patricia Belyea   SEATTLE WA   When Jiyoung Chung began her demo at ArtXchange Gallery yesterday, she mentioned making joomchi anywhere and everywhere—riding on the bus or waiting at the airport. What was she talking about? Jiyoung was referring to the traditional Korean papermaking technique of layering 100% mulberry paper into thicker sheets of fiber. In […] read more +


welcome to bryan’s wonderful world

welcome to bryan’s wonderful world

By Patricia Belyea   FUJINO JP  Leaving early yesterday morning, Michael and I travelled by subway and two trains to the mountain town of Fujino. I had emailed ahead and invited myself to the home of Bryan Whitehead, a Canadian expat and indigo guru. Byan met us at the Fujino railroad station and took us […] read more +


sunshine on a rainy day

sunshine on a rainy day

By Patricia Belyea   KYOTO JP  The best time to go to a museum is on a rainy day. So that’s what Michael and I did when the skies opened up in a deluge. Armed with clear plastic umbrellas, we walked two blocks north to a municipal campus—home of six museums and the Kyoto Zoo. […] read more +


thread and needle—zen-style

thread and needle—zen-style

By Patricia Belyea   KYOTO JP  I’m in Kyoto for the fourth time and have finally made it to two Must-See shops for textile lovers. Yesterday, Michael and I bicycled north along the Kamo River and west through the Imperial Palace grounds to the Nishijin district—home of Aizenkobo Indigo Workshop. We rang the video doorbell […] read more +


japan: there & here

japan: there & here

By Patricia Belyea   KYOTO JP  Just before I left on this trip, I stopped by Seattle Asian Art Museum to get warmed up. The current exhibit entitled A Fuller View of China, Japan and Korea honors the Fuller family who travelled extensively in Asia a century ago. The Fullers collected enough art to fill a […] read more +


no fleas for sale

no fleas for sale

By Patricia Belyea   KYOTO JP  The Kitano Shrine flea market opens at 6am on the 25th of every month. My team, Michael and our first homestay student Saori, weren’t enthusiastic about busing across town in the darkness of the early dawn. So we made a compromise—up at 7:30am and leave our traditional wooden townhouse […] read more +


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