Japanese Weaving: SAORI
Saturday, May 19, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Bee Center) (125-05-19-18)
Chiaki O’Brien, SAORI Certified Instructor; former instructor at SAORI head office in Japan
No experience necessary
Create a delightful hand-made gift for yourself or a loved one as you enjoy a relaxing weaving experience. SAORI weaving is a gentle, mindful and meditative process which emphasizes improvisation and creative expression. This contemporary weaving method founded in Japan in 1968, literally means “weaving with individual dignity.” It is a meditative art form where the weaver finds themselves completely absorbed and fully immersed into the weaving in front of them. The elegantly simple foot powered loom is perfect for beginners who are freed from traditional rules and regulations employed in weaving. There are no mistakes--only opportunities and discoveries using techniques that are shared with the group. The end result is a one-of-a-kind textile, perhaps a scarf, table runner or wall hanging. Weather permitting, these classes may be held outdoors to enjoy the peacefulness and beauty of the Arboretum’s natural surroundings. All supplies will be provided to make and bring home a completed weaving. After class, stroll through the new “Origami in the Garden” summer exhibit to gain a deeper appreciation of Japanese-inspired art and aesthetics.
SUGGESTED (OPTIONAL) bring any personal items you may wish to be woven into the work, such as handspun yarn, strips of fabric, feathers, or sticks
Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab (outside, weather permitting)
$89 member/$119 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies