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SAORI Weaving: Weave, Sew & Wear 1M19

SAORI is a contemporary improvisational weaving art from Japan, influenced by Zen principles. Instead of following a pre-designed pattern, create your own pattern as you weave. There are no mistakes, just your own unique designs. Start by making a sample, or even a scarf. Then set up a warp to weave material for a shrug, vest, tunic or poncho. Make a simple garment using the whole woven material with fringes. Using SAORI free-style sewing. Celebrate inner creativity and freedom of expression without rules or restrictions through this moving, meditative craft. Class ends with an informal fashion show to showcase your creations and your process. Limit 8 students

Mihoko Wakabayashi

Mihoko Wakabayashi

Mihoko Wakabayashi established the first SAORI studio in the US and has been teaching SAORI weaving since 2000. She is the owner of SAORI Worcester, where she teaches and sells the apparel and other weavings she makes.

With a background is an alternative education, Mihoko studied the philosophy of Summerhill, a British alternative school, and has attended conferences of the National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools. She worked for Tokyo Shure, a pioneer alternative educational institute in Tokyo, Japan. 

Specialty: 
Fiber Arts, Mixed Media
Materials & Tools:

All looms and materials are provided in class