I’ve always wanted to do an ‘Artist-in-Residence’ program. I’ve thought how lovely that would be – to have some time to just focus on weaving, working with other artists, working in
community. I’ve read about ones all around the world – most recently in Iceland!!

Then one day I came across a couple of posts about an “In House Artist Residency”….doing an Artist-in-Residence program in my own residence and studio. Perfect I thought….and saved these posts (which of course link to many more so I’ll let you explore and discover new things through these)…


2011 art fix in-house residency
In-house artist residency literally
DIY Artist Residency
Marketing Mondays – DIY

And planned…..

And now the time has come! Hooray! Starting on May 1 – May Day – I am going to be doing an In-house/In-studio Artist-in-Residence program.


Here are some possibilities of things I’d like to think about and explore…

  • making weaving the first priority of my days
  • weaving with others – classes, workshops, retreats, open studio times, weavng with community and continuation of the “Blossom Banner”
  • meeting other artists – inviting them to my studio, visiting theirs,
    seeing more possibilities and connections
  • exploring through reading, writing, photographing – but mostly weaving
  • having one professional photo shoot of my work
  • taking in-progress photos
  • blogging about my experience
  • creating a newsletter/mailing list

And then there’s the weaving…

  • finishing existing warps and weaving, making clothing, etc.
  • exploring all kinds of fibre – silk, jute, local wool, finer threads, stretchy threads, it’s endless…
  • pulling threads
  • felting and weaving
  • clothes making
  • and so much more…a lifetime of possibilities…

And the SAORI philosophy…

  • Someone interpreted one of the SAORI slogans as “Explore with all your might” – that is what I hope to do – while also considering the other slogans too. I want to enter this
    Artist-in-Residency with no expectations and just be open to where things go!

And of course I have to consider my health in this and do everything in a SAORI way
– including boosting my immune system, drinking more water, green smoothies, new recipes and so on.

This doesn’t mean that I won’t be looking at Artist-in-Residence programs in other places – Iceland, Norway, Japan, Peru, etc. That is still a dream of mine…but for now I’m just going to start where I am!

I invite you to join me on this journey as “we learn from each other…”. I’ll be posting here and on Facebook and you can also find me in my studio 🙂

And a big thank you to those who inspire me and support me!

Happy Weaving,

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

18 replies
    • Terri
      Terri says:

      Thanks Noreen! I have been wanting to do this for so long and now the time is right. We’ll see what turns up! And….you are definitely one of the people who inspire me!!

      Happy Weaving,

  1. Dawn
    Dawn says:

    Oh Happy Day!! I can feel the excitement in your writing! I’m so excited FOR you! I think being even MORE immersed in the Saori way (if that’s even possible 🙂 ) just may be an extra boost for your immune system too. oxox

  2. Susan Forsberg
    Susan Forsberg says:

    FANTASTIC this is perfect for you and all of us who want to be there with you in the creative setting.
    I did check out the other artists in residency you listed, they were awesome choices because they
    directed me straight back to you, your studio, Saltspring woodlands, a road trip and a cruise to get to you
    it couldn’t be more fabulous than this. You win FIRST place overall.

    Thank you Terri

    • terri
      terri says:

      Thanks Susan! It is a very special place to be here on the island….

      Happy Weaving,

  3. Karen
    Karen says:

    Love, love, love this idea of a residency w/o leaving home! I’m going to try to really focus on weaving this merry month of May. Now to finish that warp…!

  4. Judi Gay
    Judi Gay says:

    Thanks for this post, Terri. I am planning to arrange my own residency this fall. I hope you find yours fulfilling! I await your updates with anticipation.


    • terri
      terri says:

      That sounds great Judi – I’ll look forward to seeing what you do too.

      Happy Weaving,

  5. lynn
    lynn says:

    So exciting Terri! I was very happy to be there for day 1. Your eyes were sparkling with the realization of spending a month or 6 doing what you’ve wanted to do for a very long time. So many possibilities! And so many things to look forward to this year!

    • terri
      terri says:

      It was the perfect start to the residency – having you here at the studio! Yes, so many possibilities – always.

      Happy Weaving,

  6. Tara and Eve Roblin
    Tara and Eve Roblin says:

    Dear Terri, We’re so happy for you. We think ‘where you are’ is the hub of the Universe and your Saori way supports us all. Let Tara and I know what we can do to support you during this journey. Weaving along with you… Eve and Tara

    • terri
      terri says:

      Thank you so much Eve & Tara. The SAORI way does support us all in finding our way through life as well as weaving. Bringing all the threads together….

      I’m so glad that you are both part of this journey and look forward to seeing you both this month.

      Happy Weaving,

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