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Words to Weave

Words to Weave – A Virtual Exhibit

 

During the time of COVID, in person classes, exhibits, festivals, etc. have been shut down.

One day when I was out for a walk, an idea came to me to hold a Virtual Exhibit.  So, “Words to Weave” became the theme.  I wondered how many people might be interested in this topic and who would submit items for this exhibit.  When I put out the call, I was so happy to receive a positive response.  In all, 14 artists contributed to this show.

Once I started receiving the entries, I had wished that it was in person.  It is so different to see an image instead of actually seeing and touching the cloth.  However, the words and the weavings that were submitted were so inspiring, moving and touching.  As is the SAORI way, each entry was so unique.

Here was the idea:

Are the words to a poem, quote, story or song inspiring to you?  Or perhaps the words of a child or some words from Misao Jo’s writings?

These are the SAORI weavings of 14 artists who have used words as inspiration. View all the details on each artist’s page  on the website Words to Weave.

 

 

 

I hope you enjoy viewing these explorations!  The exhibit remains posted for now – even beyond the original dates.

A new Artist’s Call will be coming this Fall.  Stay tuned for details.

Happy Weaving,

Terri

Eye for Colour Exhibition

Saturday was the opening of a new show at ArtSpring on Salt Spring Island, BC called “Eye for Colour”.

From the promotion:

“The seed for this show originated from Bernat Klein’s book Eye For Colour. Bernat Klein is a legendary textile designer who shook up the staid tweed industry and went on to be celebrated by French couturiers. Inspired by his own dynamic, paint-smeared abstract paintings and those of other painters, he designed and created from his own mill innovative multi-coloured and highly textured yarns. These scrumptious yarns were then woven into rich, textural cloth for the fashion industry.

It is the relationship of his paintings and these textiles that is captured in Eye For Colour. Once again this fall, “An Eye For Colour” will be presented at ArtSpring when participants will have paired up to collaborate on new works of woven and painted pieces. The creative members of the two guilds come together to celebrate Bernat Klein’s painterly approach and in their own way draw inspiration from each other. Some will meet regularly to follow the process of painting and weaving, sharing the creation of both. Others will begin with a finished painting or textile and be inspired to create a companion piece. Whichever approach is chosen, the result is bound to be stunning.”

It was inspiring to work collaboratively. My partner and I both love the arbutus tree – a unique tree that sheds its bark each year, has wonderful colours and grows in many directions. So these trees were a starting point, as they are abundant on our island.

Arbutus – bark peeling…

Arbutus Tree

Arbutus – reaching out over the water…

Arbutus Tree

Two arbutus – of different colours…

Arbutus Tree

My partner, elehna de sousa, writes haiku, works with photographs and does multi-media work and all of these contributed to her piece called ‘A Quiet Moment’, plus her haiku (below) and two ‘tear back’ pieces showing the form and femininity of the arbutus tree.

arbutus shadows —
the crinkle
of falling bark

I did Saori weaving with over 30 yarns of various colours and textures which I combined to create my contribution of ‘Shades of Arbutus – Branching Out’. Another feature of the weaving was using a comb reed. This allowed me to move the warp around and expand it out as the tree was ‘branching out’, without rethreading. The top comes off the reed and I could just lift the threads and move them as needed….a pretty cool tool!

Here we are at the opening with our collaborative work…

Eye for Colour

and another view…

Eye for Colour

I also wove an “Arbutus Scarf” on the same warp with Noro Kureyon yarn as weft to wear to the opening (this yarn was one of the many that I used in my ‘tree’).

The rest of the show is amazing, colourful and creative…each pair of painter and weaver have created some wonderful interpretations and collaborations – pillows, flowers, socks, scarves, shawls, rugs, wall hangings, jackets & vests are some of the woven items….paintings of buildings, flowers, trees, landscapes, abstracts and more are the paintings. Certainly a great title “Eye for Colour”.

Please do come by if you are able. Once photos are taken of the pieces, I’ll post them or link to them on the Weavers or Painters guild website…along with better photos of our work. The opening was very well attended.

Eye for Colour

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com
Photos by Alan Bibby

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A textile exhibit on Salt Spring Island

This weekend will be the second showcase at ArtCraft with the opening on Friday, June 27, 2008 from 6-9 pm.

The theme is ‘Contemporary Textiles – voice in three strands’. I am thrilled to be part of it. It is featuring the works of Daniele Manners – a quilter, Shannon Wardroper – a mixed-media fabric artist as well as the Saori Peace Banners and a few of my Saori wall hangings.

ArtCraft is open 10-5 daily…..please stop by if you are on the island.

Happy Weaving,

Terri

My website: www.saltspringweaving.com

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Khatas for Peace – One Thread, One World, One Peace

Small Scarf Virtual Exhibition

My scarf is a Saori version of a Tibetan Khata (“a traditional ceremonial scarf used in Tibet and Mongolia. It symbolizes goodwill, auspiciousness and compassion” – Wikipedia).

Khatas for Peace

I started the Khata when all of the Tibet demonstrations started. I was thinking of peaceful resolutions and had a vision of many people standing in quiet solidarity wearing the scarves. As I wove, it became a larger thought of freedom – freedom from hunger, freedom from fear, freedom from oppression of all kinds, freedom from war. Then – freedom of choice, freedom of speech, freedom of spirit … all leading to Peace.

Khatas for Peace

The scarf itself is woven of a simple white cotton thread. I have used the Saori technique of grouped weft and skipped dents to give the scarf a variation in texture as we are all different.

Khatas for Peace

The scarf is seven feet long and the fringe comes down to my ankles – though on these cedar sculptures it appears much shorter.

One of the Khatas has been sent to Sendai, Japan for Saori Peace Weave 2008 – along with an Earth Banner made by the Salt Spring Community (more on that in another post).

Salt Spring Woodworks

Many thanks to Salt Spring Woodworks and sculptor Michael Dennis for allowing the photographs to be taken and of course to my husband, Alan, for taking them.

See the complete Small Scarf Virtual Exhibition 2008:

Bety Antonio, “Deep End of the Loom“, Miami, FL, USA

Crystal, “Baby-Hugs“, PA, USA

The Big Gallery

Small Scarf Virtual Exhibition

Peace & Happy Weaving,

Terri

My website: www.saltspringweaving.com

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Small Scarf Virtual Exhibition

Welcome!

My entry into the exhibition will be posted here later today (June 12). Here is the Poster and invitation to visit…  (The opening of the exhibition gallery is 7pm New Zealand time – which is midnight here – so my scarf will be posted June 13 in the morning….stay tuned)

Small Scarf Virtual Exhibition

You can see all the entries at www.megweaves.blogspot.com starting on June 13 (New Zealand time)

Happy Weaving,

Terri

My website: www.saltspringweaving.com