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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…

 

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

 

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

 

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.

Earth Loom Conversation

Over the past 5 days of a Saori weaving retreat, there has been a conversation going on with my Earth Loom. The Loom is set up at the driveway turn-around and so everyone goes by it when they come to visit or when you walk from the house to the studio or the cottage to the studio.

Earth Loom

The most lovely thing has happened during this retreat – bits and pieces were added over the 5 days to the loom. I didn’t ever see anyone weave anything into the loom (nor did anyone see me weaving materials in – that I know of….).

But this conversation happened…..a flower was added…

Earth Loom

some pinecones added…

Earth Loom

shells from the beach, wool, leaves, sticks, bark, bits of moss…

Earth Loom

a most wonderful creation….

Earth Loom

And a great memory of the week.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Earth Loom

It has been a year since my Earth Loom was set-up. Over that time, many things have been woven into it by many different people.

Earth Loom

The other day I went out and took some photos of it and decided that it was time for this current warp to come off as most of the materials were dried up and the linen warp was starting to break down (and break) …

Earth Loom

Earth Loom

…though I think it still looks wonderful in so many ways…

Earth Loom

Earth Loom

Earth Loom

Earth Loom

Today, I took the warp and the weaving off and took it down to our orchard fence and hung it up there to let it naturally decompose.

Earth Loom

I wonder how long it will take? I think I’ll leave it there and check on it periodically. In the meantime, the loom is empty – waiting for a new warp.

Earth Loom

Here are some links about my Earth Loom, other Earth Looms and Earth Looms in general:

My Earth Loom – it’s original creation
Earth Loom – continued
International Day of Climate Action (350)
Earth Loom in the Snow
Signs of Spring

An Earth Loom on Gingerbread Snowflakes blog
An Earth Loom on CJ Stitching and Blooms blog
An Earth Loom Flickr photo gallery
An Earth Loom Flickr photo gallery

Zati – Weaving a Life – where it all started
The Earth Loom Project

If you have created an Earth Loom and would like me to link to photos or a post about it, let me know.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Earth Loom in the snow

Some fir and cedar boughs have been added to the Earth Loom …

Earth Loom

It snowed on Monday and so I took a few pictures of the loom just after it started to snow, with the new boughs and some ribbons that had been added …

Earth Loom

Earth Loom

The snow didn’t last long, by morning it was already raining – but I like the new additions to the loom and I’m liking how the weaving is evolving over time.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

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…

Earth Loom

…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!

Earth Loom

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.

Earth Loom - warped

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 …

Earth Loom - close-up

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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An Earth Loom

My cousins were here when I received my Journey Loom from Weaving A Life. It was fun to put it together and do my first weaving on it. I love that it is so portable that I can take it hiking with me. I also love my portable Saori loom which goes many places, but it is not portable enough to weave on in my car or on the ferry or on the hilltop!

I LOVE the Earth Loom in the book and my cousin had the idea to build one for me! Wow – thanks so much. It was just put up this weekend and I have started to warp it. I hope that many people will contribute the the weaving once it is ready to go.

Earth Loom

I have set it up on our turn-around, under the arbutus tree and at the intersection to the Saori Salt Spring Studio and Honeysuckle Cottage.

I think that this type of loom will be great for weaving peace and nature in many places. You can find out more information about Earth Looms here.

Watch for more photos to come as the warping and weaving progresses…

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com
Saori Salt Spring