I wrote an article for “Fibre Focus” – The Ontario Handweavers and Spinners magazine – on my “Weaving a Banner for Peace” project this past summer. The magazine has just been published and I am so excited. I haven’t received my copy yet – but look forward to getting it soon.

My website: www.saltspringweaving.ca

So, about my partner for the Painters and Weavers show……

Well, she is a wonderful woman who also writes haiku….so she also wrote 2 haiku for “She Emerges” which you can see in our write-up for the exhibit: She Emerges (pdf).

elehna de sousa has also published a book “A Shower of Blossoms” of some of her haiku and paintings.Also here is a close-up of the work that initially inspired our collaboration….

Ocean Priestess on Shore - elehna de sousa (c) 2006 elehna de sousa
“Ocean Priestess on Shore” – elehna de sousa

And then the second piece was added for the ‘deep blue sea’….

Ocean Priestess in Deep Surf - elehna de sousa (c) 2006 elehna de sousa
“Ocean Priestess in Deep Surf” – elehna de sousa

This past summer I went to the World Peace Forum with my SAORI loom, a rainbow warp and facilitated the Weaving of a Peace Banner. Over 100 people from all over the world contributed to weaving peace.

It was an amazing experience for me. A chance to share my love of weaving and my hopes, wishes, dreams and prayers of Peace with many others. In SAORI weaving there are no mistakes, each weaving is an expression of the individual and so I thought that the weaving by a community of people would be an expression of that community. So the idea for a Peace Banner was born.

I love the quote from SAORI Worcester:
“The SAORI way is to weave friendships as we weave fabric. SAORI bridges differences between people, and celebrates both our variety and our common humanity.”

The Peace Banner is now at the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre in Vancouver, BC where they have it on display in their drop-in centre.

 

‘Hello world!’ And welcome to my blog!

…on weaving, peace, sustainability and life and whatever else happens to be on my mind or of interest (I hope) to some.

The weaving – that’s SAORI weaving. Weaving without boundaries.

Peace – peace within and world peace

Sustainability – all kinds of things about the environment, climate change, energy saving, green practices, green accommodations (we have a B&B), etc.

Life – day-to-day, moment-to-moment stuff

and everything else