It’s thrilling when others get excited about my work and yukata cottons.
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.
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]
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.
Japanese Yukata Cotton
UPPERCASE / Winter 2016
A one-page story about the inspiration of yukata cotton by Patricia Belyea.
In the Spirit of Yukata
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.
When A Quilt Is More Than A Quilt
UPPERCASE / Summer 2016
A one-page story about Saint Jane and other Spirit Quilts by Patricia Belyea.
The Secret Lives of Pin Cushions
Generation Q Magazine / Winter 2016
A fun article with stories about pin cushions from many quilting leaders including my Lillybelle.
Japanese Quilt Study Group
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.
Create Whimsy / Summer 2015
A website dedicated to crafters, makers and artists, Create Whimsy posted a Spotlight Proflie about Patricia and Okan Arts.
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 (Due to copyright issues, the pattern can not be published here.)
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.
Wabi 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.)