Okan means “mom” in Japanese

mother/daughter duo
patricia & victoria

Meet Okan Arts’ co-owners Patricia Belyea and Victoria Stone. Mesmerized by the beauty of Japanese textiles, they are makers of creative quilts, teachers, and speakers. 

Their West Coast business imports vintage textiles from Japan, runs quilting workshops, leads tours to Japan, and offers quilts by Patricia in its online gallery.

japanese yukata cotton

The perfect weight for quilting, yukata cottons add an extraordinary essence to any project.

The fabric patterns, from classic indigo & white geometrics to vividly bold florals and abstracts, inspire and enchant.

okan arts gallery
curated quilt collection

Now you can acquire a one-of-a-kind quilt made by Patricia Belyea. The Hachi Quilts have all been published in Patricia’s book, East-Meets-West Quilts.

patricia’s book
east-meets-west quilts

In this creative quilting book, Patricia Belyea offers improv instruction using her Hachi Manifesto of five simple rules. 

Fourteen projects explore improv—using vintage and contemporary Japanese fabrics, and bold hand stitching.

a big moment
patricia on the quilt show

View Patricia Belyea’s episode on The Quilt Show. If you’re a member, sign in to view Show 3210.

If you’re not a member, here’s a link for a 7-day trial where you can see Patricia’s episode plus as many other episodes as you can binge in one week!

podcasts featuring okan arts

Creative Japan | Episode 2
Patricia Belyea chats about how her quilting and love of Japanese textile evolved into Okan Arts. Hosted by Emi Takagi Stapler. [44 minutes] +listen now

Quilter on Fire | Episode 110 Patricia Belyea shares her stories about discovering quilting and Japanese textiles with Brandy Maslowski. [60 minutes] +listen now

Collecting Culture | The Bold Beauty of Japanese Yukata Cottons Liz Logan interviews Patricia Belyea about her obsession with quilting and Japanese textiles. [25 minutes] +listen now

Modern Sewceity Stephanie Kendron chats with Patricia about her new book and her different approach to quilt making, especially adding modern facings. [01:16:44 minutes, Patricia starts at 4:05] +listen now

Pat Sloan Pat talks with Patricia about discovering yukata cottons in Japan and using them in her quilt projects. [53:57 minutes, Patricia starts at 13:55] +listen now