AiR – the past week…

Wow – what full and fun days at my Artist-in-Residence!

The past week has seen many visitors to the SAORI Salt Spring Studio. My son and dil (Tom & Tanya) were here for a lovely week of weaving, sewing, visiting and excursions.

Cowichan Bay…


Rawsome Cafe for lunch one day of course…


Also Mami visited for 3 days from Montreal, Tara has been here twice, Lynn was able to visit again, Elizabeth, from Portland, came by to see what SAORI was all about, and Teresa picked up her new SAORI SX60 4 harness loom – and more visitors have planned to come in the next while.

Tara, weaving an obi, and Mami…


Tanya brought along the baby blanket that she has made for a friend. I hope that we will see photos of the babe in the blanket. Here is a photo of how she joined the two pieces to make the blanket – I really like this finish…


Tanya also brought a weaving she calls “Chocolate Mint” – we draped it and tried different types of garments and she decided to base her piece on one of the patterns in the newest SAORI pattern book. What a beautiful and cozy shawl…


Mami visited with Tara, Lynn and I and we talked a lot about SAORI. She shared some of the things that she has woven and she also completed a 6 metre weaving to make into more clothing. With Mami and Lynn we had a mini SAORI kai – which was inspiring! I forgot to take many pictures, but I have many memories!


A highlight of one of our excursions was a trip to The Raptor Centre near Duncan. Tanya did the Owl Prowl and I did a Hawk Walk – so amazing!! I would highly recommend this to anyone in the area…





And of course more weaving was done and new warps made and much good gluten-free, sugar-free food was shared!


Happy Weaving,

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I’ve always wanted to do an ‘Artist-in-Residence’ program. I’ve thought how lovely that would be – to have some time to just focus on weaving, working with other artists, working in
community. I’ve read about ones all around the world – most recently in Iceland!!

Then one day I came across a couple of posts about an “In House Artist Residency”….doing an Artist-in-Residence program in my own residence and studio. Perfect I thought….and saved these posts (which of course link to many more so I’ll let you explore and discover new things through these)…


2011 art fix in-house residency
In-house artist residency literally
DIY Artist Residency
Marketing Mondays – DIY

And planned…..

And now the time has come! Hooray! Starting on May 1 – May Day – I am going to be doing an In-house/In-studio Artist-in-Residence program.


Here are some possibilities of things I’d like to think about and explore…

  • making weaving the first priority of my days
  • weaving with others – classes, workshops, retreats, open studio times, weavng with community and continuation of the “Blossom Banner”
  • meeting other artists – inviting them to my studio, visiting theirs,
    seeing more possibilities and connections
  • exploring through reading, writing, photographing – but mostly weaving
  • having one professional photo shoot of my work
  • taking in-progress photos
  • blogging about my experience
  • creating a newsletter/mailing list

And then there’s the weaving…

  • finishing existing warps and weaving, making clothing, etc.
  • exploring all kinds of fibre – silk, jute, local wool, finer threads, stretchy threads, it’s endless…
  • pulling threads
  • felting and weaving
  • clothes making
  • and so much more…a lifetime of possibilities…

And the SAORI philosophy…

  • Someone interpreted one of the SAORI slogans as “Explore with all your might” – that is what I hope to do – while also considering the other slogans too. I want to enter this
    Artist-in-Residency with no expectations and just be open to where things go!

And of course I have to consider my health in this and do everything in a SAORI way
– including boosting my immune system, drinking more water, green smoothies, new recipes and so on.

This doesn’t mean that I won’t be looking at Artist-in-Residence programs in other places – Iceland, Norway, Japan, Peru, etc. That is still a dream of mine…but for now I’m just going to start where I am!

I invite you to join me on this journey as “we learn from each other…”. I’ll be posting here and on Facebook and you can also find me in my studio 🙂

And a big thank you to those who inspire me and support me!

Happy Weaving,

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Saori Salt Spring Studio

I thought you might be interested to see my studio and some of the recent works-in-progress by some of the people who weave here.

Saori Salt Spring Studio

And here are some things in progress…

First a scarf – being woven with Noro Silk on a many coloured warp…


A mobius scarf – in many colours of cotton…

Mobius Scarf

Two scarf projects by six-year-old home school children that have Saori weaving as part of their program…




And another weaving by someone trying out various ideas and colours…

Saori Weaving

and a close-up…

Saori Weaving

and one finished piece that is many metres long …. woven as a journal of the past year. This weaving is one piece and includes mohair and dog hair that has been spun, silk of many types include silk fabric, beads and many other fibres…

Saori Weaving

Happy Weaving,


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