She Emerges – from “An Eye for Colour” – Part 3

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

She Emerges – from “An Eye for Colour” – Part 2

More on ‘She Emerges’……

When I finished my weaving, then I had to figure out how to display it. I wanted to hang it from an arbutus branch – as the arbutus often hang out over the water….

I wanted to be able to clearly see the transition place…

Well – this didn’t work – it was too long for our display….so….

This looks like it would work…

And here is the final display at ArtSpring

She Emerges – from “An Eye for Colour”

The Salt Spring Weavers’ Guild and the Painters Guild got together this past year to see what would happen if we paired up a weaver with a painter to do complementary pieces for a show titled “An Eye for Colour”.

My partner and I, after working through various ideas, came up with a work based on a mixed-media piece that she had done and we titled our work “She Emerges”. Her piece was a collage with an image of a mermaid that looked like she had just emerged from the water.

So, in contemplating a weaving that would go with that – I thought I would weave the “Deep Blue Sea” and the transition place of the tides where “She Emerges” and up onto the land. I had just learned how to do interlocking warp this summer and so that was perfect – having a dark blue warp change to a sandy coloured warp……here is my first sample piece… displayed on our beautiful arbutus tree…..


And here is a picture of a close-up of the finished scarf…

Stay tuned…..I will post more pictures of the development of this project as well as the finished display….

Weaving Studio

Ahh….my weaving studio….

I have been dreaming of a weaving studio for many years and now it has become a reality. Our SAORI weaving studio in the woods on Salt Spring Island, BC.
The last board is in place…..

And my first weaving retreat is ready to go…..

Well….all the windows weren’t in at this point – but we had the SAORI weaving retreat anyway. Here is Janine with her SAORI weaving…..

And a close up

This wonderful piece of arbutus marks the beginning of the pathway to the studio …

So, you can walk over from our B&B Honeysuckle Cottage to the studio when you are staying here …


Peace Weaving

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.


Weaving and Sustainability

I just wrote to one of my weaving lists about the workshops and retreats that I am offering here at my studio and I received a reply from Jane in Cornwall, UK. Jane has a weaving studio where she uses hemp yarn as the warp and her philosophy is one of sustainability.

Her websites are gorgeous and she has beautiful work displayed …. check it out Threads of Time and House of Hemp