The Okan Arts newsletter emails every month. It highlights quilting leaders, learning experiences and giveaways.
Here are recent editions:
Kaffe Fassett & Mochi
Read about a chat with Kaffe Fassett and his new book Bold Blooms + learn about the fastest mochi making in Japan.
Serizawa & Cathy Izzo
Read about one of Japan’s great textile artists of the 20th century + meet the co-owner of The City Quilter who developed a collection of NYC-themed fabrics.
The Beauty of Japan Exhibit & Jane Sassaman
Take a gander around the biennial Japanese exhibit at La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum + tour Jane Sassaman’s delightful studio.
Kate T Williamson & Janine Vangool
Learn about author Kate T Williamson’s new endeavor and see publisher Janine Vangool’s new fabric collection with Wyndham.
Season Evans & Cutting Edge Exhibit
Read about Season Evans and her philosophy of quilt backs + Contemporary QuiltArt Association’s new exhibit at Washington State History Museum.
StashFest & Priscilla Knoble of Stitch Publications
Read about StashFest expanding to 26 artisans for its five-year anniversary + Priscilla Knoble recounting her story of growing up in Japan.
Soseki Natsume & Wisteria Tunnels
Read about one of Japan’s most famous fiction writers + learn about the wisteria tunnels—a remarkable springtime sight.
Tokyo Quilt Festival & Chusen Dyeing
Read about the 2016 International Great Quilt Festival in Tokyo + tour a chusen-dyeing factory to see how yukata cotton and tenugui are patterned.
Quilt Art Symposium & Johnny’s Quilt
Read about an upcoming regional gathering of art quilters + a quilt made from the clothes of a murdered 21-year old.
Yoshiko Jinzenji & The Joe Retreat
Read about Terese Duryea Wong’s visit with Yoshiko Jinzenji at her home outside Kyoto + check out the fun at The Joe Retreat.
JaponTex & Found/Made Exhibit
Get ready for JaponTex on the first weekend of December + read about a tour of the Found/Made exhibit at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.
Kitty Pippen—Still Great at 95
Visit Kitty Pippen who pioneered making quilts with traditional Japanese fabrics + read about Heather Jones’ backyard approach to quilt design.
Amy Katoh of Blue & White
A collector of Boro clothing and fabrics, Amy Katoh reveals the innate beauty of these oft overlooked treasures + Second Anniversary Sale
Amazing Ayako Miyawaki
Learn about Ayako Miyawaki — a Japanese stitcher who made extraordinary applique works of ordinary things using “rags” + Mid-Summer Sale
Folk Art Quilts with Artist Julie Paschkis
Meet Julie Paschkis—folk artist, children’s book author and illustrator, fabric designer and quilter + July giveaway
Mavericks At Play
Creativity at the La Conner May Workshop + June giveaway
Stitch Magic with Marianne Burr
Marianne Burr shares her magical life, Luke Haynes thinks big + May giveaway
Radical Improv Quilting with Sherri Lynn Wood
New technique with Sherri Lynn Wood + April giveaway
LUKE Workshop and Log Cabin Quilts
September Workshop with Luke Haynes + March giveaway.
Joe Cunningham Quilt Retreat Now Open
Register for 2015 Joe Cunningham Quilt Retreat + February giveaway.
On-line Shop Opening & Jason Yenter of In The Beginning Fabrics
Okan Arts Online Shop now open + meet Jason Yenter + January giveaway.