Starting as a teenager and learning from my Grandmother, I have always had a passionate interest in the fibrearts…from knitting to crochet, beadwork, cross-stitch, etc.
When I first took a weaving class in 1984, I knew that this was the thread that tied things together. I jumped right in and joined the Edmonton Weavers’ Guild and got involved. After taking courses, workshops and Master Weaver classes at Olds College, I completed many types of weaving for guild sales and by commission.
I went on to study Fibre Arts at Grant McEwan Community College until the program was cut back and then cancelled, so unfortunately didn’t start soon enough to complete the whole program.
In the fall of 2005, after moving to Salt Spring Island, BC, I met a Saori weaver and rediscovered weaving in a new way. Saori weaving encourages expression of self, a freedom of weaving, of colour, texture and fibre that felt like a homecoming.
I took a Saori weaving course with Kim Cowley-Adam of Nanaimo and then went to the first Canada-USA SAORI conference in Worcester, MA. I continued my study there with Mihoko Wakabayashi, a member of the SAORI Leader’s Committee.
In June of 2007, I went on a trip to Japan to take a SAORI Peace Banner to Hiroshima. I also wanted to explore the roots of SAORI weaving where it started – in Japan. We met Eiji Jo, Kenzo Jo and other family members as well as many other people involved in teaching SAORI weaving. We had a workshop with Kenzo Jo in which he shared many wonderful ideas. It was an amazing trip!
I have since attended the Canada-USA conference in Chaska, MN through Saori Studio “Fun” and had other fabulous trips to Japan. In the spring of 2010 I was able to spend time in Osaka studying with both Eiji Jo and Kenzo Jo and meeting more fabulous Saori people. We also were there to celebrate Misao Jo’s 97th birthday! I visited Japan again in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and hope to go each year to continue the connection to Japan, to SAORI and to the Jo family.
Saori weaving is a way to self, to heart and to healing. There are no mistakes, only the joy of creation.
Workshops, classes & retreats are offered in my quiet studio in the woods on Salt Spring Island, BC Canada.
I also distribute SAORI Looms in Canada. Please contact me for more information.
“People talk about reinventing themselves,
but I think it’s not a matter of reinventing,
it’s a matter of going back to who you really are
and finding other ways of expressing that.“
– Kim Campbell