mother /daughter duo
Meet designers Patricia Belyea and Victoria Stone. As co-owners of Okan Arts, they import vintage Japanese textiles and lead tours to Japan.
Patricia focuses on making innovative quilts, speaking and teaching. She wrote East-Meets-West Quilt: Explore Improv with Japanese-Inspired Designs that released in October 2017 (Abrams Craft, NYC).
Victoria runs the Okan Arts online shop, coordinates sales of Sashiko 2 machines, and manages the day-to-day details of the business. Not only is Victoria a gifted quilter, she’s a CIA-trained pastry chef!
Collecting Culture: Liz Logan interviews Patricia about Okan Arts’ over-the-top yukata cotton collection, the role of yukata cotton in Japanese culture, and finding textile treasures in Japan. [25:33 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