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My trip to Japan

Two weeks in Japan! Two weeks of SAORI inspiration! Two weeks with my friend Laura (of SAORI Studio LA)! What a wonderful time I had.

I have been trying for 4 years to get back to Japan and I finally made it. So much fun, so much SAORI – but I wish I could have stayed longer!

Imagine – an anniversary party for SAORI no Mori with over 100 people attending – all wearing SAORI. Wow.

Seeing Misao Jo again – now at 101 years old and many of the Jo families – generations of SAORI weavers. Also meeting other weavers and staff at the studio – all such wonderful, warm and fun people!

 

Learning more about SAORI, weaving, a clothing design class with the master clothing designer Masako and more.

I’ve been posting lots of photos on Instagram and Facebook and have neglected the blog. Apologies!

The Blossom Banner created at the Blossom Festival and finished at the studio has headed off to Hiroshima for SAORI Peace Weave 2014.

I’m now back at home, at my studio and looking forward to a SAORI Kai, SAORI workshops, classes and retreats including the Loom Dancer Weaving Odyssey retreat here in July with 10 people!

I’ll be writing more often – see you soon.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

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My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

 

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Kamloops, BC – Saori Peace Banner

This past weekend I was invited to Kamloops, BC with my Saori loom for the weaving of a Peace Banner for the 10th anniversary of a Women’s Retreat with the Tk’emlups Indian Band.

It was great to be there and to meet all the women. Many of them came to try out Saori weaving and add to the Peace Banner (some came many times!).

KIB Peace Banner

Linda came on Sunday morning and said that she had an idea/dream in the night and wanted to weave the year 2011 into the banner. She said she kept thinking about it all night and so came to try it out. We talked about different ways to create this and she chose her colours and wove in ‘2011’.

KIB Peace Banner

KIB Peace Banner

KIB Peace Banner

I think it turned out great!

KIB Peace Banner

The banner will stay at the centre to be a memory of the weekend – it ended up being about 14 feet long!

KIB Peace Banner

Thanks for the invite – I really enjoyed it!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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A new Peace Banner

A new Peace Banner was created in Grand Forks over the summer and fall months. It is a beautiful banner made of cloth strips in the ‘rag rug’ type of weaving.

Grand Forks Peace Banner
photo from Joybilee Farm (see blog link)

“The Boundary Spinners and Weavers guild presented a Peace Banner to the Grand Forks Art Gallery today, as part of a celebration of International Spinning and Weaving Week. The completed banner is 32 inches wide and 34 feet long.

You can see the pictures and more information on Chris’s blog, as well as an explanation of the concept — inspired by the Peace Banners being done on Salt Spring by Terri Bibby.”

It is so wonderful for me to see the Peace Weaving growing in other communities. The threads of our stories and lives and wishes for peace continue to be woven together…

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com
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Weaving a Way to Wellness

This week there was a conference in Edmonton – the First International Women’s Shelter Conference. Over 800 people from many different countries attended.

One of the sessions was ‘Weaving a Way to Wellness‘ – which focussed on SAORI weaving and how the philosophy and practice of Saori weaving can be very therapeutic. Cathie Cameron from Canadian Mental Health in Nanaimo has a pilot project working with people through Saori weaving to gain skills in business, learn Saori weaving, make and sell items, but most of all ‘Weave their way to wellness’.

I also offer Saori weaving to women in shelters as a way to open discussions about wellness & creativity and just for the joy of weaving something for themselves.

Weaving a Way to Wellness

Cathie and I enjoyed having the opportunity to talk to about 100 people about Saori weaving. There were many questions and comments after the presentation.

During the conference we had a Saori loom warped up with a rainbow warp and all the people attending were invited to add some weaving to a Peace Banner. This banner was presented at the closing dinner to the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters, the organizing agency, as a commemoration of the conference. They will be displaying it in their office this year, along with the names of the 162 people who did the weaving. It will travel to the next conference.

Weaving a Way to Wellness

A local Edmonton news article on the banner – here.

The conference was an amazing opportunity to connect with people all over the world working to end domestic violence and to support those people who have been living with it.

Terri

My website: www.saltspringweaving.com

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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