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October 8, 2014- October 29, 2014

SAORI Weaving: the beauty with lack of intention

Our friends at TSE, with whom we have put on three shows recently featuring adult artists with different brains, want to present the work of a group of women who have been learning an unusual weaving process called SAORI. Their artist/teacher, Chiaki O'Brien, recently returned from a visit to her home in Japan.

SAORI is a contemporary hand-weaving technique created in Japan in 1968 by weaver Miaso Jo. SAORI places more emphasis on free expression and creativity than on specific technical skill or regularity of the woven cloth. Since no two weavers are alike in personality or in artistic vision, it is natural every single cloth, freely woven by unique individuals, is beautiful in a different way.

Irregular selvages (edges) and accidental skips of thread add to the un-programmed beauty of SAORI cloth. This acceptance, and in fact celebration, of the unexpected is essence of "the beauty with lack of intention."

The six women working with Chaiki on this project have each prepared new work for this show. Each has grown in their mastery of this democratic weaving style, and each has evolved a growing sense of herself as an artist.

Two Opening Receptions: • Wednesday, October 8th from 12 noon to 2 o'clock • Tuesday, October 14th from 5 p.m to 8 p.m.

A Community Workshop in SAORI weaving will be offered on Tuesday, October 28th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please contact George with questions or for registration: 612 587-0230 or george@homewoodstudios.com.



From Karl Reichert:

I’ve always wondered how a loom works, and learning how to do SAORI weaving yesterday at Homewood Studios was an experience I will cherish always. Chiaki O’Brien and the six women artists she mentored at TSE (a non-profit that supports people with developmental and other intellectual disabilities) were outstanding teaching artists. The combination of their brilliant SAORI exhibit in the Homewood gallery and their enthusiastic desire to teach us how to use the SAORI looms inspired us, the learners, to create our own unique pieces of art.

Thank you George and Bev for providing us with the opportunity to explore our talents in community with other artists.

Thank you, too, for providing me with a wonderful (and symbolic) bridge from my 7.5+ years at the Capri Theater to my new role as executive director of the Textile Center of Minnesota. I’m going to display my SAORI piece with pride in my new office, and it will inspire me to share wonderful stories about our vibrant arts scene in North Minneapolis, particularly your commitment to bring community together through art.

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