Monday, May 09, 2011
Salt Spring Saori
This was my first visit to Salt Spring, an island known for its fabulous textile artists. I was very fortunate to visit Terri Bibby's studio. Terri weaves in the Japanese Saori style, and is a distributor for the beautifully simple Saori looms.
Unlike conventional weaving, which is quite technical and involves much planning, measuring and counting, Saori is intuitive, meditative and spontaneous.
I found the height of the loom easy on the back, and treadling felt natural and gentle.
The clever design of the loom allows such neat things as travelling groups of warp threads and switching warps mid-project.
Terri keeps a rainbow of yarn on hand.
Just outside the studio door, these figures reflect the calmness of the space inside.
I first came across Terri's work when I discovered the Earth loom on her blog, Weaving a Life. Terri has also started Fibreshed, a potentially amazing resource linking fibre producers, mills, spinners, weavers, dyers, felters, seamstresses and designers in the Pacific Northwest.