I wish I could show you some pictures right now. There are so many wonderful images swirling around in my mind. All the constant input from being in New York adds to my inability to focus and organize my thoughts. But rather than post nothing, I thought I would just write for a while and see if anything worthwhile comes of it.
The Saori Conference was inspiring, the people warm and open. There was much laughter and fun as well as many moments of deep emotion. Did I mention miracles? There were countless tales of the miraculous all woven with just 2 harnesses, 2 treadles and 4 principles.
Imagine a loom you can weave on if you lost the use of your arms! or your legs! or your eyes!
Imagine weaving when you absolutely couldn't make a mistake and the weaving would be guaranteed to be beautiful!
Here are the Four Saori Principles as told to me (and the other attendees) by Mihoko Wakabayashi
1. Ponder the difference of machines and humans.
2. Adventure beyond your imagination.
3. Look out through eyes that shine.
4. Learn from everyone in the group.
I can't seem to find where to create a hot link, but here is her website: www.saoriworcester.com
www.saorinomori.com for information about Saori looms.
www.loopoftheloom.com to contact Yukako Satone who hosted the New York Conference
I will repeat these along with other Saori Coaching sites when I get back to Seattle and will add them as links. I just can't tell the story of the weekend without pictures, but if you visit some of the websites above you can see some Saori Weaving.
I am pretty tired out after walking around New York all day today in addition to having dinner at the best sushi restaurant ever. www.noburestaurants.com I have another day and a half in New York before I head on up to Massachusetts. Tomorrow I will spend the day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, just in case I haven't had enough input. After that I will attend the new smash hit on Broadway, "Xanadu" (you remember that campy roller disco movie of the 70s starring Olivia Newton John?) Maybe it's better if you don't.