Starting as a teenager and learning from my Grandmother, I have always had a passionate interest in the fibrearts…from knitting to crochet, beadwork, cross-stitch, etc.
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 June of 2007, I went on a “once in a lifetime” trip to Japan with Mihoko from SAORI Worcester to take a SAORI Peace Banner to Hiroshima. I also wanted to explore the roots of SAORI weaving where it started – in Japan. We met Eiji Jo, Kenzo Jo and other family members as well as many other people involved in teaching SAORI weaving. We had a workshop with Kenzo Jo in which he shared many wonderful ideas. It was an amazing trip!
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 many times 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!
SAORI weaving is a way to self, to heart and to healing. There are no mistakes, only the joy of creation.
Workshops, classes & retreats are offered in my quiet studio in the woods on Salt Spring Island, BC Canada.
I also distribute SAORI Looms, books, equipment and yarn in Canada. Please contact me for more information.