Dana Cassara of Danaca Design in Seattle

yukata inspired 2024


Reception and Japanese Textile Trunk Show
Sunday, June 23  1pm to 4pm

Danaca Design Gallery
3511 Interlake North
North side of builiding
In the Wallingford district of Seattle, behind EVO

Patricia and Victoria will be at the Gallery with a plethora of yukata cottons and vintage kokeshi dolls for sale.

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Yukata Inspired 2024
A Creative Collaboration between Okan Arts & Danaca Design
Exhibition Dates: May 10 to June 23, 2024
Danaca Design Gallery, Seattle

By Patricia Belyea

SEATTLE WA  Who is Dana Cassara? First and foremost, Dana is a longtime friend of Okan Arts. As the founder/owner of Danaca Design, she has personally taught an army of wanna-be jewelers their craft as well as imported top teachers from around the globe to lead advanced classes.

A nerve-center for all things jewelry-related, Danaca Design has developed a remarkable community of metalwork and jewelry artisans in the Northwest.

Dana Cassara of Danaca Design, SeattleIn June 2023, I got together with Dana to hand-off 21 one-yard pieces of vintage Japanese yukata cotton. These hand-dyed textiles were destined to be delivered to independent jewelry artisans as a catalyst for an upcoming exhibit. 

The show, Yukata Inspired 2024, just opened last week in the Danaca Design Gallery! The remarkable exhibit includes jewelry, panels of yukata cotton, and ten collages made with snippets of the yukata cottons.

Here’s a peek into the Gallery right before the show opened:

Yukata Inspired 2024 at Danaca Design Gallery in Seattle

And here are close-ups of some of the jewelry with their yukata cotton muses:

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Wow! Yukata cottons have inspired me and many quilt makers in their creative  journeys. I love seeing them inspire artists in other mediums!

To purchase a piece of jewelry or collage from Yukata Inspired 2024 +click here

To schedule a visit to the gallery, email Danaca Design +click here

To read an article about the exhibit in International Examiner +click here

Yukata Inspired 2024 at Danaca Design Gallery


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ABOUT US: Okan Arts, a petite family business, is co-owned by mother-daughter duo Patricia Belyea and Victoria Stone. Patricia and Victoria sell Japanese textiles online, host creative quilting experiences, and lead quilting & textile tours to Japan.