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AiR – Reflections

One month flew by with my Artist-in-Residence (at SAORI Salt Spring)!

I had lots of ideas of things that I might do this past month and I’m just looking back at my first post about my Artist-in-Residence.

Some thoughts and reflections….

  1. This was much more about process than product. I thought I would get so many things “accomplished” or “completed” during my AiR, but learned it is much more about process. I did complete some things and at times felt that I ‘should” have more finished pieces. I felt much more relaxed about letting each studio day unfold in it’s own way as the month went on.
  2. Inspiration. It comes in all forms, from all people, from events, and also in the quiet. I have more ideas now than when I started this AiR, so if I thought that this might reduce my list of ‘things to try’ instead it really expanded on the “We learn from each other in the group” part of the philosophy! I have more ideas than ever!!
  3. Sharing SAORI. I’ve had people at the studio 15 days out of the past 31 and loved every minute of it. This is my true joy!
  4. Weaving. I have done a lot of weaving. Not so much sewing (see #1) or the making of things, but the process of weaving has been a big part of my month. I have discovered some interesting things. For example – when I was weaving my “Bobbin Gathering” weaving, I felt a different freedom than when I was weaving on a “precious” silk warp. On the silk warp, I limited my weft choice to silk yarns and fabric, I was more conservative in my weaving. Omoshiroi (interesting)! I really like the finished weaving, so it is all okay and part of ‘weaving myself’.
  5. Warps. I enjoy making warps! I have made many warps this month in all different colours, different widths, lengths, fibres. There is something about this process that I really enjoy. A new warp has so many possibilities! I’m also looking forward to weaving them.
  6. Newsletter. I started a newsletter for information about events, new items in the shop, etc. It has a different focus than my blog, website or Facebook page. I have just sent one newsletter out to the 24 people on the list and if anyone has feedback, please let me know. You can sign up here and can unsubscribe anytime.
  7. Other studios. I had hoped to visit other studios but wasn’t able to do that this month. It is still on my list.
  8. Experimentation. I tried making a ruffle with a technique demonstrated by Kenzo Jo, I wove 6 metres of a silk pre-wound warp, I wove my long bobbin gathering piece with every type of fibre that others had chosen and I enjoyed seeing how others explored fibre and texture in their weaving.

Silk weaving – 6 metres long…
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Silk weaving – close-up…
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It has been said that it takes 28 days to make a new habit. Well, after a month of being an “Artist-in-Residence” in my own studio – I’m ready for more!

The studio, cleaned up and ready for more weaving…
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Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

My Etsy shop: SAORI Salt Spring Etsy shop

4 replies
    • Terri
      Terri says:

      Thanks Kaz! I really enjoyed my AiR time and already after one week of not having that focus, want to go back to it. So much fun and lots of things to write about and to share!

      Happy Weaving,
      Terri

  1. lynn
    lynn says:

    So, have you gone back? Refocused? Started anew or just continued on you AiR way? Keep going – it’s given you such good energy!
    I love the silk, by the way. It didn’t need a lot of anything else….. silk is wonderful on it’s own. The colours are so rich and it’s going to drape beautifully!

  2. Bobbie Herron
    Bobbie Herron says:

    Terri, I just read this whole AiR series in one sitting and loved it! I also looked at the brochure for classes including Alan’s and it sounds like heaven, of course. I am so grateful to know you.

    I have been in touch with Jack Pransky recently, and he sends his fond regards. I will meet him at a conference in September, and it is all thanks to you.

    SAORI and 3 Principles have changed my life, all in the last 12 years. I am so blessed 🙂

    Love,
    Bobbie

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