SAORI Weaving Installations

Two SAORI woven banners have recently been installed…

The first one is a banner that was made by many weavers on Salt Spring Island. It was donated to the SAORI Bridges of Elm Park project in Worcester, MA. The vision of Nat & Mihoko of SAORI Worcester to drape the bridges in the park with beautiful woven banners with the proceeds to support long-term low-income Worcester Public School young artists as part of a SAORI weaving program.

The banner has now been installed in The Children’s Division of the Worcester Public Library in Worcester, MA…

SAORI Salt Spring banner

SAORI Salt Spring banner

photo credit SAORI Worcester

The second banner, is a banner called “Threads of Hope & Healing” that went to Hiroshima, Japan as part of SAORI Peace Weave 2012 (see more on my blog thread here) and then travelled to the 2012 International SAORI Weaving conference hosted by SAORI Studio LA.

It is now installed at Pura Vida Oceanside Massage Therapy on Fernwood Road on Salt Spring Island. Here is it in the reception/waiting room of the clinic…

SAORI Salt Spring banner

…the colours of the chakras woven with thoughts of hope and healing and with local alpaca yarn.

SAORI Salt Spring banner

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SAORI Peace Weave 2012

Last week, Darn Good Yarn asked me to do a guest blog for their site and they featured my weaving that I did for SAORI Peace Weave 2012. You can read the post and see some photos here.

This year the SAORI Peace Weave 2012 exhibit will be from July 14 – 17 at the Former Bank of Japan, Hiroshima Branch (Fukoro-machi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima). I was so happy to be able to send something to contribute to this annual event. This year’s theme is “walk / go forward” for peace.

Tara, who weaves at my studio, also contributed a weaving to go to SAORI Peace Weave this year. Here is a photo of it…

The title is ‘KISSAKO’ which is a welcoming word with a few different interpretations, but basically ‘welcoming people with love’. Tara says she was delighted to make this offering for Peace and greatly appreciates the ‘goodness’ in the Japanese Saori community.

It is beautiful – I love the colours and the way that the red is so striking against the other colours and yarns!

My weaving this year is called “Threads of Hope & Healing”. I chose to weave with some local white alpaca yarn. Then for some colour, I used Recycled Sari Silk Ribbon. Nicole from Darn Good Yarn says:

All of the yarn is made from recycled and Earth friendly materials and much of it is created from the colorful remnants of the production of silk saris in Nepal and Northern India. These materials are handspun and dyed by women’s groups in Nepal. Darn Good Yarn provides these women with a marketplace for the products, as well as much needed wages for their families.

I think that these are some steps forward to peace.

I have been weaving for peace every year since 2006 and usually as a community collaborative weaving. Unable to do that earlier this year, I decided to use the colours of the chakras and chose pieces of the ribbon to go with them. This is part of my personal “walk forward” and related to some of the meditation and energy work that I am doing for my own healing.

When I finished the weaving I wanted a picture of it, so Alan and I headed out in the car to find a location to take the photograph. We didn’t go far – just down the road to our neighbour’s farm – North End Farm. (This is where we get delicious eggs, strawberries, tomatoes and other local produce).

The set-up for the shoot…

The barn seemed to be the perfect backdrop for the banner…

Happy & Peaceful Weaving,

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