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It’s thrilling when others get excited about my work and yukata cottons.


Toltia Outing

Tolt Yarn and Wool Blog  / April 2017

Anna Dianich of Tolt Yarn and Wool brought her whole team to Seattle on a field trip—and Okan Arts was one of their stops.

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The Bold Beauty of Japanese Yukata Fabrics

Collecting Culture Podcast  / Spring 2017

Liz Logan of Collecting Culture interviewed Patricia Belyea about her immense yukata cotton collection, the role of yukata cotton in Japanese culture, and how to find textile treasures in Japan. [25:33 podcast]

+listen now


Some of the Best Quilting Cotton was Hand-dyed in Japan Thirty Years Ago

Botanical Colors Blog  / March 2017

Amy DuFault wrote a comprehensive post about the founding of Okan Arts and the production techniques used in hand-dyeing yukata cottons.

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Japanese Yukata CottonJapanese Yukata Cotton article in UPPERCASE magazine

UPPERCASE  / Winter 2016

A one-page story about the inspiration of yukata cotton by Patricia Belyea.

+link to UPPERCASE magazine


In the Spirit of YukataTop by Mimi Jackson

Shop The Garment District blog  / December 2016

Mimi Jackson wrote a lovely article about contemplating a gift of yukata cotton yardage and then choosing to use her fabric.

link to the blog post+


When A Quilt Is More Than A Quilt
UPPERCASE magazine, Issue 30, summer 2016

UPPERCASE  / Summer 2016

A one-page story about Saint Jane and other Spirit Quilts by Patricia Belyea.

+link to UPPERCASE magazine


The Secret Lives of Pin CushionsLillybelle in GenQ Magazine, Winter 2016

Generation Q Magazine / Winter 2016

A fun article with stories about pin cushions from many quilting leaders including my Lillybelle.

+link to GenQ Magazine


Japanese Quilt Study GroupPatricia Belyea

The Caffeinated Quilter / December 2015

A chat with Patricia Belyea where she talks about importing yukata cottons and using these fabrics in her artisan quilts.

+read the interview


Create Whimsy SpotlightOkan Arts Spotlight Profile on Create Whimsy

Create Whimsy / Summer 2015

A website dedicated to crafters, makers and artists, Create Whimsy posted a Spotlight Proflie about Patricia and Okan Arts.

+see the profile


A Little ZenFresh Quilts, Spring 2015

Fresh Quilts / Spring 2015

A magazine for modern quilters, Fresh Quilts magazine showcases quilts with step-by-step directions. My quilt pattern, Camelia Baby,was published in the Spring issue—a fun quilt that pairs one yard of yukata cotton and commercial solid colored fabrics . (Due to copyright issues, the pattern can not be published here.)


Video Visit with Victoria Findlay WolfeVictoria Findlay Wolfe

YouTube / February 2015

Here’s a fun little video that Victoria FIndlay Wolfe made when I visited her studio and home in Manhattan, NY. In the six-minute video we talk about hand-made needles and other textile treats from Japan.

+see the video


Fresh Quilts, Fall-Winter 2014Wabi Sabi Feature

Fresh Quilts / Fall-Winter 2014

A one-page article on Flawed Beauty featured my improv quilt, Wabi Sabi, made with vintage yukata cottons.


 A Quilter’s Guide to Travel in JapanGenQ Magazine: Nov/Dec 2014

Generation Q Magazine / Nov-Dec 2014

This five-page article, written for me, includes tips and places to visit in Japan for quilters and textiles lovers. If you don’t want to travel on your own, there are links to well-established tour companies that take quilters to Japan for the big quilt shows and beyond.

+to learn more about traveling in Japan


Quilts by Okan ArtsSeeHowWeSew Article about Okan Arts

See How We Sew blog / August 2014

Patti Fried, who was in my Doodle Piecing class at The Cotton Patch in Lafayette CA in June, wrote this energetic article about my quilts and big stitching.

+link to this online article


Members Gallery : FamilySAQA Journal, Spring 2014

SAQA Journal / Spring 2014

SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) is an international non-profit that promotes art quilts and the artists who create them. This highly respected group has over 3,000 members. Having my quilt, Family Guy, published in SAQA’s quarterly journal is a great honor.

+read about the making of Family Guy


Yukata Cottons — Home StyleYukata Cottons, Home Style Article in Quilter’s Connection

Quilter’s Connection / Fall 2013

For Canada’s leading quilting magazine, I wrote a feature article about using yukata cottons for home decor. Working with Margo Piikkala of Victoria BC, we made luscious pillows, table runners, napkins and even upholstered bar stools.

+see photos from the article


Mollie Makes feature, April 2013

The Quilter’s Paradise

Mollie Makes / April 2013

Mollie Makes, a crafty lifestyle publication in the UK, wrote a one-page feature on the Okan Arts 2013 Retreat. Reporter Lucy Rice interviewed Joe Cunningham to learn more about his plans for special classes at the Retreat. (Due to copyright issues, no part of the story can be published here.)


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Patricia Belyea: Getting Passionate About Fabric

David Owen Hastings Blog / April 17, 2013

Graphic design compatriot David Owen Hastings posted an exuberant story about Patricia Belyea’s quilting and yukata cotton obsession. David made a quilt when he was in high school but now spends his creative time fabricating collages with monoprints, stitching and anything else that suits his layered compositions.

+read the blog post


Maggie Ball, Dragonfly Quilts

Japanese Yukata Quilts

Dragonfly Quilts Blog / April 6, 2013

Designer, teacher and author Maggie Ball attended Patricia Belyea’s talk given to Kitsap Quilters in Poulsbo at the end of March and reported on the presentation in her blog. She then attended Patricia’s Counterintuitive Quilting class in mid-April 2013 and shared her impressions.

+read the blog post about the presentation

+read the blog post about the class


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Stitch Magazine, Spring 2013

Material World: For the Love of Japan

Stitch / Spring 2013

Susan Beal, from Portland Modern Quilt Guild, wrote a short history of Japanese textiles that included a whole section on Patricia Belyea’s yukata cottons as well as interviews with designers Rashida Coleman-Hale and Michelle Miller. (Due to copyright issues, no part of the story can be published here.)

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