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Misao Jo’s 97th birthday celebration

The timing for our trip was wonderful in many ways. We happened to be in Japan and in Osaka for the celebration of Misao-sensei’s 97th birthday – what an honour to be there to celebrate with her.

Saori Japan 2010

We went to the Nakatsu studio along with about 50 other people and enjoyed music…

Saori Japan 2010

…puppet shows and speeches (even though they were all in Japanese)…

Saori Japan 2010

and an impromptu fashion show – by all the attendees!

We were able to meet Misao-sensei and talk to her, with the help of translators…

Saori Japan 2010

Saori Japan 2010

And everyone gathered for a group photo!

Saori Japan 2010

A great celebration!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Weaving at the Kobe Saori Studio

Another studio that we visited was the Kobe Saori Weaving Studio. I have an interesting connection to Kobe – each year there are a group of high school students that come from Kobe to Salt Spring Island as part of an International Program. A few years ago I was invited to be one of the artists that the Kobe students had a chance to visit.

So now each year about 5 or 6 students from Kobe come to my studio to be introduced to Saori weaving. They are always surprised to learn that the origin is Japan. This year, I brought back brochures from the Kobe studio so that when they go home they might get to continue with Saori weaving!

Kobe Saori Weaving Studio

Here are some great Saori weavings on display…

Kobe Saori Weaving Studio

Kobe Saori Weaving Studio

Kobe Saori Weaving Studio

And here we are weaving. It was fun to be a student again and just weave as part of a class!

Kobe Saori Weaving Studio

And here is the whole group that day…fun!

Kobe Saori Weaving Studio

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Osaka, Japan

Our time in Japan was wonderful – there were so many things to see and do and people to meet. We found a hotel that became our home base – as well as a couple of restaurants that we enjoyed.

It was nice to have some things that became familiar while we explored so many new things with our limited Japanese language skills! We had both been listening to a “Learn Japanese” CD – which taught us some words like – juice, coffee, sushi, golf, tennis, concert, film, camera, TV, T-shirt and a few verbs like eat, drink, watch, read, buy. The most useful phrase was “Please could I have this” – which let us point and ask for something.

One of our most used words became ‘omoshiroy’ – interesting!!

Anyway, here is the view from our ‘home base’ hotel which was in the business district and so quite quiet.

Osaka view

Osaka view

Here is breakfast at our favourite little Cafe Solare – a rice bowl with lettuce, tomato, smoked salmon and avocado with a ‘tamago’ (egg) on top…

Breakfast

… and another Organic Japanese Restaurant that we liked.

Breakfast

More weaving to come…

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Saori in Japan!

I have just returned from an amazing two week trip to Japan with my friend Laura. We had an wonder-full time! Exploring Saori, celebrating Misao-sensei’s 97th birthday, meeting friends and new people and getting to know some of the wonderful Saori people at the studios!

I was planning to go last October/November (2009) for the 40th anniversary of Saori, but because of health reasons was unable to. My tickets expired at the end of April and so we planned this trip – and I was so excited to be able to go!

Over the next while I will be posting pictures, thoughts and reflections on my trip to Japan – I hope you enjoy them.

Laura and I arrived quite weary from travel to the airport in Tokyo where we took a “tourist shot” of our arrival. We then continued on to Osaka and got to our hotel.

Welcome to Japan

Next to get some dinner – well that was an experience, but luckily most of the restaurants have plastic food samples outside to show what is on the menu, so we were able to point and ask for what we wanted.

The next day we jumped right into Saori weaving. We met Marie

Laura & Marie

…and she took us to Suyoko-san’s studio

Suyoko

Suyo Atelier

… where we enjoyed meeting weavers in her classes, having tea with them and seeing their creations.

Saori

We also enjoyed a wonderful family style dinner and tried some of Osaka’s specialty – takoyaki (octopus balls).

Stay tuned – lots more to come!

Happy Weaving,
Terri
My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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“Cool Cross” Scarf

Earlier this month, Marie came to visit me and stay at Honeysuckle Cottage. Marie works at the Saori Headquarters in Osaka and so it was great to have her here and get to know her and share Saori with her at the studio.

She did some weaving in the studio – which is gorgeous! I can’t wait to see what her finished blouse will look like.

Marie - saori weaving

Marie - saori weaving

She joined in with some of my classes and wove with Sandi who was here visiting from Vancouver.

Marie had some fabulous Saori clothing that she wore including this skirt:

Marie - saori weaving

and a ‘cool cross’ scarf. Laura and I looked at it and examined it and Marie set up a warp for me and showed me how to make one.

Cool Cross Scarf

Cool Cross Scarf

It is indeed cool! (and difficult to get a good photograph of to show the cross). No longer is the weaving just flat – it makes a cross shape when it comes off the loom.

Cool Cross Scarf

Cool Cross Scarf

Thanks Marie – what fun!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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“Bridgette” goes to Japan

The 40th Anniversary of Saori weaving is coming up and will be celebrated in Osaka, Japan in November. There are many workshops and events planned for the gathering in conjunction with Saori no Mori and Saori Osaka.

Japan

“Bridgette” is sporting a new Saori bag made for the occasion – made on a black pre-wound warp and woven with wool in browns and blues, with bits of white roving. The handles are made on an inkle loom (aka Inklelater – more about that in another post!).

Bridgette goes to Japan

(Sculptures and map by our neighbour Paul Burke of the Blue Horse Gallery)

She’s off on her world travels – I think that she’ll have to have someone look after the dogs!

Saori bag detail

Happy Weaving & Happy Travels,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Saori Weaving Classes, Workshops, Retreats (and Photography Retreats too)

Now that fall has arrived, it’s like my new year. Getting back to classes, schedules and of course getting new school supplies – which now includes buying more fibre!!

I am starting to plan out class times and workshops for this fall. A new workshop that I will be offering, along with Kim Cowley-Adam is “Saori Clothing Design”. We will be holding this at Knotty by Nature in Victoria, BC on Saturday, October 17.

I am also hoping to have more people come for retreats here at the cottage and studio on Salt Spring Island. I love having people come and immerse themselves in Saori and the island life.

Our cottage …

Honeysuckle Cottage

… is a true home away from home. A one-bedroom cottage with a full kitchen, living room/dining room, movies, library, bathroom and even a washer and dryer for longer stays and lots of “island peace & tranquility”. Oh, and we do have high-speed internet for those times you just need to be connected.

You can weave at the studio for a few hours or a few days. No weaving experience is necessary – just come in and enjoy playing with colour, fibre and texture in new ways as you discover weaving and discover yourself in the Saori way.

Saori Loom

Alan also does photography retreats, so whether you want to learn about the camera you have, get recommendations on cameras to purchase, learn how to download and adjust, email or print images, he is very knowledgeable. The photo retreats are also very flexible based on how much time you want to spend and what you want to learn. He has taken many of the photos for my blog and website as well as being a professional photographer and documentary filmmaker.

Here is one of his images from a local bronze foundry and more can be found here.

Bronze Foundry

Please contact me to find out more or visit my website at www.saorisaltspring.com.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

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Fibre Works Studio & Gallery – Madeira Park, BC

Monday I travelled from Gibson’s Landing up to Sechelt to visit a bookstore and to Madeira Park on the recommendation of some of the Fibre People at the festival….

Wow – what a spot! I called up Yvonne of Fibre Works (as the gallery isn’t usually open on Monday’s) and she said she would be there and open up the gallery – wonderful! (Thanks Yvonne!).

Here is what I saw as I drove up ….

Fibre Works - Yurts

Many yurts – one for the gallery, one for workshops, one for and office, one for a studio and other smaller ones – for washrooms, etc. all beautifully laid out…

Yurts at Fibre Works

Yurts at Fibre Works

There is a great exhibit on display “Thr3fold Unfolded” – stunning work by three artists – their website is here and you can see a preview of the show on the Fibre Works site – but it really is worth the trip!!

So, when I was there, I also showed Yvonne the Community Peace Banner that was woven at Gibsons Landing (see previous post) and she suggested that we take some photos of it.

Banner at Fibre Works

Banner at Fibre Works

Banner at Fibre Works

What a great location for the photos.

Happy Weaving,

Terri

My website: www.saltspringweaving.com

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Ruckle Park and Weaving an Earth Banner

On Sunday I went down to Ruckle Park on Salt Spring Island for “Ruckle Park Days”. The weather was beautiful and it was a marvelous day.

The 4Hers were there with their animals…

4H animals

of many sorts…

There were nails to be pounded

logs to be sawed

butter to be churned

sheep to be herded

Sheep Herding

wool to spin and to weave

and an Earth Banner to create….

Saori Weaving

and music…

And the Saori Earth Banner is almost finished!

Saori weaving - earth banner

Oh, I love this community!

Happy Weaving,

Terri

My website: www.saltspringweaving.com

Thanks to Alan for the great photos!

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New Zealand Sheep Station – wool & spinning

Yesterday we celebrated Distaff Day with a gathering in Duncan, BC. There were over 75 people spinning, knitting and weaving together – quite a sight! I brought out my spinning wheel (that I haven’t used since Distaff Day two years ago!) and joined in – great fun, great food, great company and very inspirational to be there.

Also yesterday, one of our cousins from New Zealand came for a visit. He shared with us stories of his work on a Sheep Station. Here are pictures of one of the stations where they are moving 6000 ewes!!

New Zealand Sheep Station New Zealand Sheep Station (click on images)

Happy Spinning!

Terri

My website: www.saltspringweaving.com