Spotlight: Patricia Belyea and Okan Arts!
Tell us a little bit about you and what you do.
I’m an artisan quilter who imports vintage Japanese textiles—mostly yukata cottons for making unique quilts. I sell these remarkable hand-dyed fabrics through Okan Arts, my home-based Seattle store and my online shop. Currently I’m working on a how-to book that combines yukata cottons with commercial solids for making a series of improv quilts.
What made you interested in quilt making?
Eight years ago I made a baby quilt for one of my employees. I was pricked my the poison needle and haven’t stopped quilting since. Quilting has taken over my life—I eat, sleep and breath quilting. In fact I gave up my corporate job three years ago to pursue this unexpected passion.
What inspires you?
Anything and everything around me sparks curiosity and inspiration. It could be something I see or read, or a person I meet.
What other hobbies do you have?
I love to travel and discover new people and places. These days I seek quilt-related experiences in my adventures.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
My father inculcated into his six children that travel and fresh flowers are important for a rich life. I’ll go with that wisdom.
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