The surprisingly large response to my survey has been very uplifting and now I really feel like what I’m doing is important and want to just get stuck in again. I will keep the survey open for a bit longer, so if you haven’t done it yet, just click this link!: Survey for Saori weavers.
At the moment I’m starting to enjoy weaving experiments again.
Taking pictures of the textures is too much fun.
If you do Saori weaving, please answer my survey! Takes only 5-10 minutes, is anonymous and will give me a huge help with my thesis work. Answer it here: https://www.webropolsurveys.com/S/D2DB6436E917074A.par
The reason why I am doing this survey is that I want to really understand the philosophy and see if there is much variety in how people practice it. What does Saori mean to you?
Eventually I will make my own interpretation of the 4-slogans and use these as a guide in my creative process. My goal is to make art jewellery and eventually exhibit, though some of this will go beyond the scope of my thesis. Initially the written work will be publicly available at theseus.fi, but I hope to also translate it into English and make it available either here or on my website. I hope that it will be of use to other weavers and artists.
I have to admit, I’ve been procrastinating and it has messed up my thesis schedule pretty badly. However the positive result is this 2m long rosepath patterned rug that I finished today (look, it has glittery bits!):
I’ve written 15 pages of my thesis! Pretty amazing considering the amount of procrastination I also did. Now I feel confident enough to leave those pages for a while and start weaving again. As I may or may not have remembered to mention in earlier posts, I am doing my BA thesis on use of Saori weaving philosophy as a guide in creating woven art jewellery. My aim is to finish at least sketches if not make a few of the pieces (time is a factor). Hopefully in the near future I can finally have solo show, but we shall see. Gallery rents in Finland are hideous. Anyway, I have some pretty good ideas for the final art jewellery pieces, but I want to still experiment before I commit to anything.
While writing yesterday, I was slightly sidetracked into reading about the flow state, which Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describes being a state of effortless concentration and enjoyment. When I do creative work, reaching this state of total absorption is what it’s all about for me. Of course there is also the need to express myself, but frankly I have to admit the feedback I get from the work itself is in many ways more essential. This is also the reason why I want to try to help others experience flow through weaving.
Therefore I am hoping that this spring I will have time to organise workshops for people to try Saori style weaving. I don’t have access to Saori looms, but I don’t think it will matter. I just need to make sure that the setting is right. No distractions, plenty of yarn to choose from, enough time and a challenge proportional to the weavers skills.
I’ve spent some time writing my thesis, thus the blog silence. I am hoping to get most of the theory part done this week so that I can concentrate on weaving for the rest of January.
2016 comes with a feeling that I want to change my life again. I want to discover what it’s like to have weekends. Perhaps start a hobby, that isn’t at all related to this creative process. Also I want to take time to appreciate what I have achieved so far, instead of feeling like I’m a character in a computer game that has increased a level. Every exhibition feels like a lottery win though and I hope that never gets any less intense.
Currently exhibiting at:
MINItekstiili 2015 -exhibition
@ Finnish Craft Museum, Jyväskylä, Finland
+ next up in 2016 ‘On the Surface’ -exhibition. If you happen to visit Jyväskylä, check it out!