Artist’s Statement

Terri Bibby

Terri Bibby is a SAORI freestyle weaver and designer, creating one-of-a-kind asymmetric clothing, scarves, wraps, bags and wall hangings in the SAORI style. Her weaving is inspired by the ever changing colours and textures of nature that surround her.

In her studio in the woods on Salt Spring Island, Terri offers classes, workshops and retreats on weaving, warping and clothing design for all ages. She has had over 1,800 people “Weave for Peace” on beautiful peace banners that have been displayed around the world.

Since first seeing SAORI weaving in 2005, Terri has immersed herself in the philosophy and practice of SAORI weaving. She opened her registered SAORI studio on Salt Spring Island in 2007 and is a member of the SAORI Leader’s Committee based in Japan. SAORI Salt Spring is part of the SAORI Global Network.


Terri Bibby is a SAORI freestyle weaver and designer.

About Terri Bibby

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 started weaving SAORI style as soon as I got home and never looked back.

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, 2016 and 2017 and hope to go as often as possible to continue the connection to Japan, to SAORI and to the Jo family.

In early 2018, Misao Jo, the founder of SAORI weaving, passed away at 104 years of age.  I feel so blessed to have met her and celebrated a few of her birthdays with  her.  I last saw her in the fall of 2017 when I was at SAORI no Mori.  Thank you Misao-sensei for all that you have brought to the world through the wonderful philosophy of SAORI weaving!

Workshops, classes & retreats are offered in my quiet studio in the woods on Salt Spring Island, BC Canada.

Terri Bibby is a SAORI freestyle weaver and designer.
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