And what exactly do the chime, workshops and lau niu weaving have in common? San-gatsu - the month of March.
It all started with the completion of Maddy's Saori Wind Chime - a second window - also inspired by the elements of nature and unique to Maddy's connections to those elements. Each piece was created in the likeness and reflection of my first Saori Wind Chime, but with colours, thoughts and additional inspirations that resonated with Maddy. Thanks to Maddy for this wonderful opportunity and to Stu for taking such great photos.
In the footsteps of the commission, followed the weaving of 4 meters of cloth for Marie's design classes. I first met Marie on Salt Spring Island last year. I fell in love with the garments and designs she presented to the Weaver's guild as part of the "Designing Women" series. And so with great excitement, I left for Marie's classes at Knotty by Nature in Victoria.
I find the Saori design process to follow hand in hand with Saori weaving. In all of its creativity, the cloth speaks for itself, and as it gets folded, cut, tucked and sewn, further beauty reveals ... coming together ever so nicely. My 4 meters of cloth has become a tunic with asymmetrical lines on one side and fringes at the back. It's nearly finished ... I'll post more pictures soon. Thanks to Terri for this photo.
And from Saori to lau nui weaving, the month ended in Hawaii where I saw this beautiful basket made with a small section of a single coconut leaf. It was a nice traditional ending to a busy weaving month of March!