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amy katoh: boro collector

amy katoh: boro collector

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  Back in January 2010, I travelled to Tokyo to experience the International Great Quilt Festival. My list of “must-sees” included Blue & White, the beloved shop of Amy Katoh. Amy’s petite emporium, in the Azabu Juban district, offers a curated collection of Japanese arts and crafts. Good fortune shone on me as […] +more


joe cunningham: the story of “missed”

joe cunningham: the story of “missed”

By guest blogger Joe Cunningham—quilt maker, author, speaker and teacher. SAN FRANCISCO CA  A few months ago I saw footage of some ISIS soldiers attacking the art in the palace of Nimrud, the Assyrian capital from 3,000 years ago. I found it so sad and upsetting that some people think that destroying our world cultural heritage […] +more


four august giveaways!

four august giveaways!

SEATTLE WA  This month, Okan Arts’ giveaway features coordinated sets of vintage yukata cotton! Each set includes three one-yard pieces of indigo hand-dyed cotton. Four giveaways, valued at $48 each, will be given away. Yukata cottons, typically 14″ wide, are used for making summer kimonos—casual, unlined kimonos worn at Bon Odori festivals throughout the hot month of […] +more


kathy hattori: natural dye guru

kathy hattori: natural dye guru

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  I visited Kathy Hattori of Botanical Colors at her company “headquarters” in Ballard—a work loft that functions as warehouse / dyeing lab / online shop / office. Equipment, dye materials, books and more filled every space, from floor to ceiling. Kathy helps hobbyists, professionals and industrial clients embrace the art and science of […] +more


ayako miyawaki: inventive stitcher

ayako miyawaki: inventive stitcher

By Patricia Belyea I learned about Ayako Miyawaki (1905-1995) from an exhibition catalog of her textile art printed in 1988. The catalog introduction states: In 1945, at the age of 40, she began in an outburst of spontaneity and vitality to produce applique works out of rags, a material which she found in her everyday […] +more


four july giveaways!

four july giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  This month, each giveaway pairs two vintage Japanese yukata cottons from Okan Arts with a designer thread set from Aurifil. Four fabric / thread sets will be given away! Each giveaway is valued at $75. The yukata cottons measure approximately 14″ wide and one yard long. The small thread sets contain ten spools—50wt cotton, 220 […] +more


julie paschkis: folksy storyteller

julie paschkis: folksy storyteller

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  Arriving at Julie Paschkis’ home at the north end of Seattle, a charming gate covered with grape vines greeted me. Everywhere snippets of art played in the sunshine. Julie, author/illustrator as well as textile designer/quilter, met me in the garden. Entering through the dining room, Julie and I paused in the kitchen […] +more

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