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Artist in Residence (AiR) – Earth Loom

At the beginning of the month, in starting my Artist in Residence, I decided it was time to renew my Earth Loom. On the night of the full moon, I went out and threaded up the loom…

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Over the next few days, I started to add to it. Yarn, roving and found objects – all things that are biodegradable…

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The loom is set at the entrance to our driveway turnaround – one part goes off to the cottage, another to the studio…

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Over the next months, I will continue to add to the weaving and invite others to as well.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

PS – Credit for the idea of my Earth Loom goes to Susan Barrett Merrill. My earth loom was built in 2009 by my cousin and I thank Tony for that! Other posts about it can be found here.

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India Flint Workshop – Eco Dyeing

 

I just got back from a trip to California where I took a 3-day workshop with India Flint.

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Magic, alchemy, fun and LOTS of information! I LOVED the workshop! I haven’t done a lot of dyeing before (though I also learned Bengala Dyeing this past summer) or stitching – so this was a whole new adventure.

We went exploring the streets and railway tracks of Loomis and found many treasures.

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We rolled them up in cloth, put them into a dye pot…

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added water and other materials, boiled it up and waited…

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Then…..the magic! Opening the bundles to see what happened…

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After 3 dyepots we had 9 squares of fabric that we stitched together…

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Then cut!! Then stitched onto a backing and stitched some more….

I find myself now looking at leaves in a new way – their shapes, their colours and wondering what they may become in a dyepot.

I learned so much from India, including a different way at looking at things and thinking about things. Thank you!!

everything

Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Fall Fairs

I love fall. It always feels like the new year to me, getting back to schedules, school for some, fall harvests and so on. In celebration of the season, one of my favourite things on Salt Spring is the Salt Spring Fall Fair – a chance to connect and enjoy the community, friendships and abundance.

Fall Fair

Fall Fair

The Salt Spring Weaver’s and Spinners guild always has a display and items can be entered into the show. My SAORI loom is always there for people to try out…

Fall Fair

Fall Fair

This year’s theme of the Fair was ‘Green and Growing’. Here is Jane’s SAORI multi-media entry into the fair…

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Aya made a bag for carrying her yoga mat…

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I did some spinning this year – something that I had dabbled in off and on – but inspired by Kristen and Carmen and Elaine (who taught me to use a drop spindle when she was here for a weaving retreat) – I have done more spinning this year…(and won a first prize ribbon!)

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Next, it was off to the Fairfield Community Fall Fair in Victoria. Again, the SAORI loom came along and Lynn helped with the hands-on demo, Claudia was doing some spinning, Karen some crochet and Bob was making buttons…

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Fall Fair

Fall Fair

Fall Fair

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– a fun, foggy and fibre-y day…

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…and a finished banner to hang in the community hall…

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Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Saori tour of Japan with Saori Worcester

In 2007, I went with Mihoko on a Saori Tour of Japan. It was a wonderful trip and we got to visit many Saori studios as well as see many sites in Japan. The people that we met were so welcoming and I loved the trip – it was great to be there with someone from Japan who could do all the translations, knew the places to go and did all the organizing! When I went, I thought it was a once-in-a-lifetime trip, but people kept saying “When you come back to Japan….” and I thought no, this is my only trip. After the third time I heard that I started to believe it.

Japan Tour

In 2010 I did return to Japan for another SAORI experience. You can read more about it here and here and even here, here and here. We were there for Misao Jo’s 97th birthday celebration!

I would highly recommend this upcoming trip to anyone who can make it. I recently heard from Mihoko and Nat that they are still accepting people for the tour even at this late date.

Here is the info:

The 4th Saori Improvisational Hand-Weaving Study & Friendship Tour of Japan is from June 23-Thursday, July 7 with Saori Worcester. More information here (where you will also see some photos of me on the trip!) Please contact them directly if you are interested.

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Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about Japan – not just because of the earthquake and tsunami, but because I want to plan another trip for more SAORI – soon!

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Happy Weaving and Happy Travels,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Vegan Earth Day Festival in Kyoto

After all our studio visits and weaving in Osaka and Kobe, we headed off to Kyoto for a ‘girls weekend’.

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Saori - Kyoto

It started off with a day at the Vegan Earth Day Festival.

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Saori - Kyoto

It was great! It was strange! It felt like being on Salt Spring Island in the middle of Kyoto – fair trade products, vegan and organic food, music, tents, all held in a park. It was just that everyone spoke Japanese!! We loved it – and it was a beautiful day.

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Saori - Kyoto

Then, we spent some time walking around enjoying the sights and looking at many of the shops along the streets…

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We found these great silk rings and so we all bought (at least) one…

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We also found a great place for tea…

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Saori - Kyoto

Saori - Kyoto

Then our tour guides helped us sort out how to get back to the hotel…

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Saori - Kyoto

We had such a great time! Can’t wait to get together with everyone again 🙂

In the meantime – Happy Weaving!

Terri
My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Earth Hour

Once again it is the day for Earth Hour – though my post is late for some people already. We will be turning off lights, appliances, etc. for one hour tonight. Earth Hour is 8:30 pm (March 27) wherever you live.

It doesn’t seem much, but more of a statement of support and a mindfulness.

Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Truth, Trials & Tar Sands

It may seem like an unlikely post for my blog lately – but it comes under the “Sustainability” part. Also my husband, Alan, is participating in this event.

Truth, Trials & Tar Sands

Saturday, January 16 at ArtSpring on Salt Spring Island, BC from 7-9pm

Featuring: James Hoggan, to discuss his highly acclaimed book Climate Cover-Up
Alan Bibby, film-maker premiering excerpts from his documentary Liquid Truth
Jack Woodward, pre-eminent authority in Aboriginal law to talk about the
Beaver Lake Cree legal action and how it can stop the expansion of the tar sands.

Admission: $20 / $10 (students/seniors) Tickets on sale at the ArtSpring box office.

Reception to follow with a book signing by Mr. Hoggan. Stay for a chance to speak with presenters.

I think that bringing awareness is very important. Alan has been working on this important film for the past 2.5 years.

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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International Day of Climate Action

Today, October 24, 2009 is an International Day of Climate Action. People around the world are coming together to speak out about changes that we need to make at all levels. Here on Salt Spring Island, there are many events happening – a Climate Action Rally, Transition Town Meeting, a Global Day of Climate Action event and so on.

I have added more found objects to my Earth loom…

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…along with the 350 sign.

More on the day from Bill McKibben of 350.org:

I can hardly believe my eyes.

16 hours ago, citizens in New Zealand gathered before dawn next to a wind turbine on a mountaintop. As local elders said prayers to bless the global event, banners and signs were held high to to greet the planet’s first rays of sunlight on this most incredible of days.

As the sun continues across the planet we’ve been receiving photos and video of rallies in Ethiopia, bike rides in Wellington, SCUBA divers in Australia, organizers planting 350 trees in Thailand, hundreds of students marching in India and Nepal and Mongolia. And we’re getting reports from 350.org offices around the world that the phones are ringing off the hook with calls from the media who want to cover the story.

The day is just beginning and already it’s larger, more powerful, and so much more beautiful than I ever could have imagined. I’ve been a writer my entire life and yet words truly cannot describe what you have accomplished already. To truly grasp today, please stay tuned to our website as more and more photos come in from across the planet, and especially our evolving photo slideshow.

And the best news of all? The day has just begun!

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Let me know what you are doing for this International Day of Climate Action.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com
Saori Salt Spring Studio

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Earth Loom – continued

Yesterday I finished warping up my Earth Loom. I put 16 warp threads on it for the 16 mysteries of Lakota understanding. The warp is a Linen Rug warp – I hope it will stand up to the elements well.

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So then I wondered what will I weave with?

Well right there was my answer – some dried fern branches, some green ones too, a bit of cedar …

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What else? I found an arbutus branch, put in some handspun wool (sheep live outside, this should be fine), and some salal …

There will be more to come. I hope that others will weave some found objects into it too. I think I might need to get some seaweed and driftwood to weave the earth and sea together.

Looking up …

Earth and Sky

and the view from above …

And my first post with some background on the Earth Loom can be found here.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Saori Weaving in Handwoven

Some call it “Loom Waste”, others call it “thrums”, in SAORI weaving we call it “Treasure” – small bits of great yarns to be used in future weavings!!

Check out the Saori weaving in the latest issue of Handwoven magazine (page 10) and also on the website. Liz Gipson put together a bunch of ideas of what you can do with your leftovers from other projects. Recycling, upcycling, whatever you call it some great ideas!

Here is a slideshow of ideas including a “Treasure Belt” from Chiaki O’Brien at Saori Studio Fun and two of my projects “Postcards from the Edge” and “Saori Tea Cloth“.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com
Saori Salt Spring