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My trip to Japan

Two weeks in Japan! Two weeks of SAORI inspiration! Two weeks with my friend Laura (of SAORI Studio LA)! What a wonderful time I had.

I have been trying for 4 years to get back to Japan and I finally made it. So much fun, so much SAORI – but I wish I could have stayed longer!

Imagine – an anniversary party for SAORI no Mori with over 100 people attending – all wearing SAORI. Wow.

Seeing Misao Jo again – now at 101 years old and many of the Jo families – generations of SAORI weavers. Also meeting other weavers and staff at the studio – all such wonderful, warm and fun people!

 

Learning more about SAORI, weaving, a clothing design class with the master clothing designer Masako and more.

I’ve been posting lots of photos on Instagram and Facebook and have neglected the blog. Apologies!

The Blossom Banner created at the Blossom Festival and finished at the studio has headed off to Hiroshima for SAORI Peace Weave 2014.

I’m now back at home, at my studio and looking forward to a SAORI Kai, SAORI workshops, classes and retreats including the Loom Dancer Weaving Odyssey retreat here in July with 10 people!

I’ll be writing more often – see you soon.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

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My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

 

Blossom Festival

Yesterday was the Blossom Festival on Salt Spring Island and
a picnic in the Japanese Garden.

Blossoms!

Blossoms!

Japanese Garden at the Peace Park, Salt Spring Island

Japanese Garden at the Peace Park, Salt Spring Island

I prepared my loom with a “blossom warp” using the colours of cherry blossoms and some spring green.

Blossom Warp

Blossom Warp

At the event there were many Japanese things to see, do and listen to – calligraphy, haiku, music, aikido demonstrations, bento boxes, beautiful plants for sale
and of course SAORI weaving!

Raffi and others sing "Haru ga Kita"

Raffi and others sing “Haru ga Kita”

Okinawan Karate Dance

Okinawan Karate Dance

calligraphy

calligraphy

I had a lot of people come by to learn more about SAORI weaving and to try it out by adding to the Blossom Banner.

Weaving the blossom banner

Weaving the blossom banner

Weaving the blossom banner

Weaving the blossom banner

It was so great to be out again and sharing the joy of weaving with others!

The SAORI and Calligraphy tent

The SAORI and Calligraphy tent

Here is what has been done so far. I’m hoping to take the loom back out
to the Earth Day festival and have more people weaving.

The blossom banner so far

The blossom banner so far

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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SAORI Weaving Installations

Two SAORI woven banners have recently been installed…

The first one is a banner that was made by many weavers on Salt Spring Island. It was donated to the SAORI Bridges of Elm Park project in Worcester, MA. The vision of Nat & Mihoko of SAORI Worcester to drape the bridges in the park with beautiful woven banners with the proceeds to support long-term low-income Worcester Public School young artists as part of a SAORI weaving program.

The banner has now been installed in The Children’s Division of the Worcester Public Library in Worcester, MA…

SAORI Salt Spring banner

SAORI Salt Spring banner

photo credit SAORI Worcester

The second banner, is a banner called “Threads of Hope & Healing” that went to Hiroshima, Japan as part of SAORI Peace Weave 2012 (see more on my blog thread here) and then travelled to the 2012 International SAORI Weaving conference hosted by SAORI Studio LA.

It is now installed at Pura Vida Oceanside Massage Therapy on Fernwood Road on Salt Spring Island. Here is it in the reception/waiting room of the clinic…

SAORI Salt Spring banner

…the colours of the chakras woven with thoughts of hope and healing and with local alpaca yarn.

SAORI Salt Spring banner

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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SAORI Peace Weave 2012

Last week, Darn Good Yarn asked me to do a guest blog for their site and they featured my weaving that I did for SAORI Peace Weave 2012. You can read the post and see some photos here.

This year the SAORI Peace Weave 2012 exhibit will be from July 14 – 17 at the Former Bank of Japan, Hiroshima Branch (Fukoro-machi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima). I was so happy to be able to send something to contribute to this annual event. This year’s theme is “walk / go forward” for peace.

Tara, who weaves at my studio, also contributed a weaving to go to SAORI Peace Weave this year. Here is a photo of it…

The title is ‘KISSAKO’ which is a welcoming word with a few different interpretations, but basically ‘welcoming people with love’. Tara says she was delighted to make this offering for Peace and greatly appreciates the ‘goodness’ in the Japanese Saori community.

It is beautiful – I love the colours and the way that the red is so striking against the other colours and yarns!

My weaving this year is called “Threads of Hope & Healing”. I chose to weave with some local white alpaca yarn. Then for some colour, I used Recycled Sari Silk Ribbon. Nicole from Darn Good Yarn says:

All of the yarn is made from recycled and Earth friendly materials and much of it is created from the colorful remnants of the production of silk saris in Nepal and Northern India. These materials are handspun and dyed by women’s groups in Nepal. Darn Good Yarn provides these women with a marketplace for the products, as well as much needed wages for their families.

I think that these are some steps forward to peace.

I have been weaving for peace every year since 2006 and usually as a community collaborative weaving. Unable to do that earlier this year, I decided to use the colours of the chakras and chose pieces of the ribbon to go with them. This is part of my personal “walk forward” and related to some of the meditation and energy work that I am doing for my own healing.

When I finished the weaving I wanted a picture of it, so Alan and I headed out in the car to find a location to take the photograph. We didn’t go far – just down the road to our neighbour’s farm – North End Farm. (This is where we get delicious eggs, strawberries, tomatoes and other local produce).

The set-up for the shoot…

The barn seemed to be the perfect backdrop for the banner…

Happy & Peaceful Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com
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Peace Fibres

Back in January, Karen Lohn contacted me to ask permission to use some photos of SAORI weaving for a book that she was working on called “Peace Fibres – Stitching a Soulful World“.

Peace Fibres

These pictures are of weaving a Peace Banner and another of a finished banner. I said “YES – that would be great!”

The book is about fibres and their use in many cultures and in many ways. I felt that SAORI fit in beautifully with her ideas:

There is great yearning for a world community of peace.
There is yearning for personal peace as well.
What if simple fibres offer a great unifying avenue for developing harmonious relationship to self, to others, and to the larger world community and all of its inhabitants?

The book was published this summer and I received a copy of it. It is a beautiful book, full of stories, ideas and projects. Here is the page with SAORI weaving on it as part of the introduction to the book (shown with permission):

Peace Fibres

Worth checking out.

The pages … offer images of fibre creations from six continents, verification of our commonality as human beings and our interdependence with the natural world.

For more information please see Karen Lohn’s website at www.peacefibres.com.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Blossom Banner for Sendai, Japan

Here is the Blossom Banner woven at the Salt Spring Island Blossom Festival. (See my previous post of the weaving of the banner here.)

Blossom Banner for Sendai

I had planned to sew the cloth blossoms onto the banner, but after putting a few on, it just didn’t seem right. So, change of plan and I threaded the blossoms onto some string and hung them from the edges of the banner. I like how it turned out…

Blossom Banner for Sendai

Here are the close-ups of the blossoms on the banner…

Blossom Banner for Sendai

Blossom Banner for Sendai

Blossom Banner for Sendai

Blossom Banner for Sendai

Blossom Banner for Sendai

So many people sending their thoughts and prayers with this banner to Sendai, Japan. It heads out tomorrow – going to the Sendai Saori Studio. Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible and to everyone who contributed through their weaving, their help, their blossoms and their blessings.

And here’s our blossoms today with the leaves coming out…

Blossoms

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Peace Felt

I came across this recently and have decided to participate:

Peace Felt

It will be another way to express peace and share it with others. I’m not sure what I’ll do yet, but I’m thinking that I will weave something and felt it – perhaps embellish it as well. More information here.

If you are interested in participating, the deadline for registration is August 1, 2010 and pieces will be sent in September to coincide with International Peace Day, September 21.

I will post photos in September of the piece that I complete and the one that I receive.

Let me know if you decide to participate.

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
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Gibson’s Landing Fibre Festival and A Community Peace Banner

This past weekend was the Gibson’s Landing Fibre Festival another fabulous fibre event – with great classes, vendors, demos and many many Fibre People in a beautiful setting (even if it did rain on Sunday!).

Gibson\'s Landing

I was there with my SAORI loom and a blues & greens warp for the Earth & Sky & Water to create a Community Peace Banner for the new Recreation Centre.

Gibson\'s Landing Fibre Festival 2008

Last year’s banner was on display at the High School – “Fibre Central”…

Gibsons Banner from 2007

Gibson\'s Banner from 2007

Down in the landing there were tents with many artisans, a Farmer’s Market on Sunday, music, water, boats and a bandshell tent with hands-on demos.

Gibson\'s Landing Demos

This year there were 75 people who added threads of peace to the community banner.

Community Peace Banner

and some close-ups…

SAORI Weaving

Saori Weaving

It should brighten up the gray walls of the Recreation Centre in Gibsons and remind people of the festival and peace….

Happy Weaving,

Terri

My website: www.saltspringweaving.com

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Saori Weaving for Peace – Hiroshima Day

Today, August 6, is Hiroshima Day.

On Salt Spring, we have a gathering in the Peace Park to sing, dance, weave, make lanterns and talk about Peace.

I will be taking my loom to start a Peace Banner – this one will have a white warp – symbolic of the white dove for peace.

Also today in Japan there are two weavings from Salt Spring Island for Hiroshima Day – this year in Sendai, Japan for “Saori Peace Weave 2008”. One is the Earth Banner that was woven on Earth Day and at Ruckle Farm…..for “How can we have Peace if we don’t look after the earth”.

Earth Banner

Earth Banner

Also see previous posts….

Earth Day – Weaving an Earth Banner

Ruckle Park and Weaving an Earth Banner

Even my cat, Snickers, is contemplating the Earth Banner….

Snickers contemplating the Earth Banner

I also sent a Khata for Peace – One thread, one world, one peace to Sendai. Woven out of one thread of white cotton.

Khatas for Peace

These banners will then travel to Hiroshima for another exhibit.

Thank you to all of the people who continue to Weave Peace!

Peace Today and every day!

Terri

My website: www.saltspringweaving.com