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ann darling: non-stop irresistible

ann darling: non-stop irresistible

By Patricia Belyea   TACOMA WA  Ann Darling charmed me from the moment I met her at the October meeting of Surface Design Association. Tall and stately with a trace of an Australian accent, Ann radiated an exotic aura. Once I got to know her, Ann seemed more like an overgrown kid full of curiosity and […] +more


the CQA collection: fantastic fabrics

the CQA collection: fantastic fabrics

By Patricia Belyea   SEATTLE WA  The January meeting of Contemporary QuiltArt Association convened in one of the classrooms at Bellevue Art Museum. A bevy of grown women played around with colors and fabrics—silk screening, shibori dyeing, drawing with colored pencils, designing with stencils and paints sticks, and die cutting. In one day CQA members, […] +more


peggy juve: an artist wholly

peggy juve: an artist wholly

By Patricia Belyea   LANGLEY WA  Arriving at Peggy Juve’s home on Whidbey Island, I was enamored by, well, everything. Peggy and her husband of 35 years, Bob Hodges, have built a space that’s charming and chockfull of arty treasures. Bob, a glass artist, has his own pieces as well as those of friends scattered […] +more


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, […] +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 […] +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 […] +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. […] +more

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