As I had been so turned of doing any pottery, and I obviously wasn't going to get any work done, I planned a holiday in August to spend time with my mom. My holiday included a trip to Salt Spring Island and a Saori weaving class. Saori Salt Spring was offering a weekend class and my mom and I spent the entire weekend learning Saori weaving and I totally fell in love with it! It is an amazing art form and philosophy. Everything about saori is cool, the looms are amazingly simple to operate and the tools are so well thought out and well built. I had to exert some serious self control in the spending department!
I had taken an intuitive painting class last February in Richmond with Caroline James, Hornby Island Peace Works. It seems to be my theme for this year; work intuitively and be free in my work.
Terri Bibby who owns Saori Salt Spring was a fantastic teacher and so generous with her knowledge and passions for saori weaving. We wove like mad and my mom and I ended up with some glorious things to take home. The whole thing with saori is tha thou can do whatever you feel like at the time and it will all work out in the end. No patterns, no counting, just free weaving. it is so inspiring and it is so cool to have "no rules" to worry about.
We also learned about Bengala dyes and so before leaving we bought a bunch from Terri and dyed like crazy women when we got back to my mom's. When my mom and I get together we seem to do so much in a short period of time. We canned fruit, sewed, went to fibrations and I am sure a ton of other things. I always seem to bring a van load of stuff for my mom and then take a van load home!
bengala dyed rovings