Imperfections was my SAORI style weaving studio. Due to heath problems, I sold my looms in 2013 and eventually redirected my creative energies to drawing, painting and photography, which you can see by clicking on Art by Andrea.
Here are some examples of the weavings I created, most of them done in the SAORI style.
Saori Water Lilies Scarf: Cotton, recycled Sari silk, wool roving, silk ribbon, bamboo
Saori Mardi Gras scarf: cotton, tencel, beads
Cotton & bamboo twill scarf
Cotton twill scarf
Cotton, bamboo, recycled silk sari ribbon scarf, SAORI style
Cotton & wool scarf
Organic cotton hat & scarf
Cool Jazz Scarf: Cotton, bamboo, rayon, tencel
Mardi Gras Towels
Five Elements Flags, SAORI style
Tapestry weaving made on a Mirrix “Big Sister” loom
Market bag made out of recycled t-shirts
About SAORI Weaving
To weave SAORI style is to improvise and weave in the moment. SAORI weaving honors the differences between man and machine and not just accepts, but celebrates, the imperfections that make us human. The so-called flaws and irregularities of the hand-woven fabric are what make them unique. Like smooshing jazz, jammin' and meditation together but using a loom and fiber as your instruments to make cloth.
SAORI is unique and totally different from other traditional styles of hand weaving. In traditional hand weaving, weavers highly value the regularity and cleanness of the woven cloths: if there is an irregular pattern or thread, it is considered “mistake” or “flaw”. SAORI, on the other hand, puts more importance on free expression, because hand weaving is intrinsically different from machine weaving.
"Saori" is a trademark of Sakaiseikisangyou in Japan. . The "sa" in "SAORI" ("ori" means "weaving"), is a Zen Buddhist term that means "each thing has its own unique quality" or "each person has his or her own unique quality." Because of these spiritual roots, as experienced and expressed by founder Misao Jo, SAORI is a philosophy as well as a technique.
A fundamental principle of SAORI is to “consider the differences between machines and people”. In SAORI, the goal is not to imitate machine-made products, but rather to do what only human beings can do. No two weavers are alike; thus, it follows that that every single cloth freely woven by people with different personalities is beautiful in a different way. The irregular selvage and accidental skip of thread add the unprogrammed beauty to the SAORI cloths.
SAORI weaving puts emphasis on pure improvisation from the heart, with no premeditated pattern in mind. Meditating on the piece at hand, colors unfold, designs emerge, and beauty blooms directly from the genius of each unique individual working in harmony with loom, thread, and the spark of the moment. SAORI is a profound inner journey, yet it can also be enjoyed socially, working alongside others. SAORI weaving can take the form of clothing, bags, tapestries, and many useful items.
=Adopted from the SAORI Global & SAORI Worcester websites