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Earth Hour 2009

Saturday, March 28, 2009 from 8:30pm to 9:30pm has been declared ‘Earth Hour’. Sign up to add your name to the list of people and businesses who are committed to turning off lights, appliances and cutting down on electricity use.

Of course, there is more that needs to be done, but you can show your support by doing this for one hour on March 28. This campaign is being sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund for raising awareness about Climate Change.

Thank you for making a difference,

Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Merry Christmas

Kick up your heels…

Kick up your heels

and have a Merry Christmas!

(photos (c) by Alan Bibby)

Happy Weaving & Happy Holidays from snowy Salt Spring Island…

Salt Spring Island

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Salt Spring Saori Studio

Saori weaving retreat

A wonderful Saori retreat weekend on Salt Spring Island – 2 days of weaving and relaxing…

So, the starting colour palette was chosen…

Saori Weaving Retreat

the weaving began …

Saori Weaving Retreat

and of course more yarns, fleece, bits and pieces were thrown into the mix…

Saori Weaving Retreat

and the weavings were completed!

Saori Weaving Retreat

Saori Weaving Retreat

and a few close-ups of the creativity…

Saori Weaving Retreat

Saori Weaving Retreat

Saori Weaving Retreat

Saori Weaving Retreat

Amazing work, inspiration and imagination. Congratulations!!

Happy Weaving,

Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Saori Salt Spring Studio

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Spinning through Autumn

On a beautiful autumn day we went for a walk at Duck Creek….the colours were gorgeous!

Duck Creek in Autumn

When I saw the colours of the trees, the sunshine and the blue sky, I had this image in my mind of a small child, spinning with arms outstretched – under the tree, with the yellow leaves spinning under the bright blue sky – of course getting so dizzy and falling down in the grass and leaves!

I tried to capture this feeling with my camera…

Spinning through Autumn

in a couple of ways…

Spinning through Autumn

Happy Spinning 🙂 and Weaving,

Terri

My website: www.saltspringweaving.com

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Salt Spring Conservancy and Two Great Resources

Last night I went to a celebration of the Salt Spring Island Conservancy. Some great things have happened over the past year including the preservation of two approximately 18 acre parcels on the island ‘in perpetuity’. The focus of the night was Connecting Children & Nature and on celebrating successes and planning for the future.

The Children’s Earth Choir performed some wonderful songs (so adorable and heartfelt) and there was a talk by Dr. Bob Peart, a founding direction of The Land Conservancy, biologist and educator. He reminded us of the importance of getting our children (and ourselves) outside to play and to be outdoors – enjoying nature.

We also heard about an amazing project:
The Encyclopedia of Life – “an ambitious project to organize and make available via the Internet virtually all information about life present on Earth” – all about biodiversity.

Another new website, this one based in British Columbia is:
West Coast Climate Equity whose purpose is “to research and inform on the implications of climate change”. It is a wealth of information and links all about climate change and related topics, to inform and to generate discussions about solutions.

Terri

My website: www.saltspringweaving.com

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 Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend

We had a beautiful day last Sunday. The weather was great and so we went for a walk at a new trail we recently discovered. This trail goes up Mt. Erskine on Salt Spring Island – the only other trail that I knew was 1 1/2 hours up – very steep and difficult for me, especially the coming down part.

Trail to Mt. Erskine

This one was much easier and we still got to the top for a great view.

Trail to Mt. Erskine

On top of Mt. Erskine

Of course I had to wear my newest Saori mobius scarf!

On top of Mt. Erskine with Mobius Scarf

Happy Weaving,

Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Contemporary Textiles – Voice in Three Strands

Here is the official show invitation for the exhibit at ArtCraft on Salt Spring Island, BC…more information on my previous post – here and pictures still to come from the opening tonight.

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!