What Is Saori?
The philosophy of Saori is based on four guidelines:
Consider the differences between a machine and a human beingWe are not trying to make items that could be woven by a machine. We are making unique items that only we, on this day, could make.
Be bold and adventurousHave the courage to break away from the “normal” and allow yourself the freedom to play.
Look out through eyes that shineExpect to find beauty in everything, and that same beauty will be reflected in what you make.
Inspire one another, and everyone in the groupSharing new ideas with others allows you both to grow in your Saori exploration. It can be difficult to step outside of your box when you are weaving on your own, but with inspiration and encouragement from others, we all grow creatively.
An Individualized Learning Experience
The Saori style of teaching is not typically done in a structured curriculum-type of environment. Each student is on their own path and is taught accordingly.
Class time allows plenty of time for experimentation while providing a guide to assist you or make suggestions along your journey. Students are encouraged to develop their own individuality and to feel comfortable expressing themselves through their weaving.
In Saori, We Often “Weave Without Intent”
You are not weaving a vest, a purse, or even clothing. You are weaving a piece of cloth. When the cloth comes off the loom and has been finished (washed), it can then help you to decide what it wants to become.
If you weave for a particular purpose, then your creativity is limited by that purpose. Weaving without intent allows you to freely express yourself and typically results in more amazing finished items.