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The Okan Arts newsletter emails every month. It highlights quilting leaders, learning experiences and giveaways.

Here are recent editions:


Kaffe Fassett & Mochi

September 2016

Read about a chat with Kaffe Fassett and his new book Bold Blooms + learn about the fastest mochi making in Japan.

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Serizawa & Cathy Izzo

August 2016

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.

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The Beauty of Japan Exhibit & Jane Sassaman

July 2016

Take a gander around the biennial Japanese exhibit at La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum + tour Jane Sassaman’s delightful studio.

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Kate T Williamson & Janine Vangool

June 2016

Learn about author Kate T Williamson’s new endeavor and see publisher Janine Vangool’s new fabric collection with Wyndham.

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Season Evans & Cutting Edge Exhibit

May 2016

Read about Season Evans and her philosophy of quilt backs + Contemporary QuiltArt Association’s new exhibit at Washington State History Museum.

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StashFest & Priscilla Knoble of Stitch Publications

April 2016

Read about StashFest expanding to 26 artisans for its five-year anniversary + Priscilla Knoble recounting her story of growing up in Japan.

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Soseki Natsume & Wisteria Tunnels

March 2016

Read about one of Japan’s most famous fiction writers + learn about the wisteria tunnels—a remarkable springtime sight.

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Tokyo Quilt Festival & Chusen Dyeing

February 2016

Read about the 2016 International Great Quilt Festival in Tokyo + tour a chusen-dyeing factory to see how yukata cotton and tenugui are patterned.

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Quilt Art Symposium & Johnny’s Quilt

January 2016

Read about an upcoming regional gathering of art quilters + a quilt made from the clothes of a murdered 21-year old.

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Yoshiko Jinzenji & The Joe Retreat

December 2015

Read about Terese Duryea Wong’s visit with Yoshiko Jinzenji at her home outside Kyoto + check out the fun at The Joe Retreat.

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JaponTex & Found/Made Exhibit

November 2015

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.

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Kitty Pippen—Still Great at 95

October 2015

Visit Kitty Pippen who pioneered making quilts with traditional Japanese fabrics + read about Heather Jones’ backyard approach to quilt design.

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Amy Katoh of Blue & White

September 2015

A collector of Boro clothing and fabrics, Amy Katoh reveals the innate beauty of these oft overlooked treasures + Second Anniversary Sale

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Amazing Ayako Miyawaki

August 2015

Learn about Ayako Miyawaki — a Japanese stitcher who made extraordinary applique works of ordinary things using “rags” + Mid-Summer Sale

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Folk Art Quilts with Artist Julie Paschkis

July 2015

Meet Julie Paschkis—folk artist, children’s book author and illustrator, fabric designer and quilter + July giveaway

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Mavericks At Play

June 2015

Creativity at the La Conner May Workshop + June giveaway

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Stitch Magic with Marianne Burr

May 2015

Marianne Burr shares her magical life, Luke Haynes thinks big + May giveaway

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Radical Improv Quilting with Sherri Lynn Wood

April 2015

New technique with Sherri Lynn Wood + April giveaway

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LUKE Workshop and Log Cabin Quilts

March 2015

September Workshop with Luke Haynes + March giveaway.

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Joe Cunningham Quilt Retreat Now Open

February 2015

Register for 2015 Joe Cunningham Quilt Retreat + February giveaway.

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On-line Shop Opening & Jason Yenter of In The Beginning Fabrics

January 2015

Okan Arts Online Shop now open + meet Jason Yenter + January giveaway.

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