Activities

Japan Tour

SAORI Canada-US Association (SCUA)

Sheep to shawl, Llama to Pajama

This is an event we have organized 4 times in the past with collaboration with city of Worcester & alpaca farm at GreenHill Farm, Green Hill Park in Worcester. It’s meaningful to do such an event in the middle of a city. Children and families had learned from sheep shearing, carding, spinning, knitting, felting, rug hooking, dyeing and weaving. Currently it is not happening due to financial reason. If there is an organization or a person who are willing to write a grant to make this happen again, please let us know! We’ll be happy to cooperate.

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Internship

I have been accepting and training unpaid interns for 3 months-6 months period at a time for several years. I have had interns from Dynamy in a semester for years. On Sep. 2016 I took Mike from Dynamy and it has been great. Interns at my studio become a student while regular class is going on. They work on their projects to make wearable art to functional and decorative art. I teach from the beginning to sewing to finish each project. While there is no class, interns clean, organize, weave for materials, cutting patterns for small items for sale and so on. All the experience is a great learning path to know SAORI weaving and gain skills. Dynamy interns usually spend 28 hours in a week.

If you are interested in, I encourage you to get contact with me. If you can commit 8 hours in a week for three months, it would be good to start.

I had Alana Shield who had spent more than half year working at the studio.  Below you will see her testimonial about her experience.

I began my internship at SAORI Worcester in the end of May, after finishing a semester at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. After spending an intense year studying conceptual art, I found myself immediately drawn to the calming nature of SAORI Weaving. Since that first day I sat down in front of a loom, I still find myself enchanted by the beautiful simplicity of SAORI. My internship with Mihoko, a kind, passionate, and talented artist, provided me with a crucial experience that i was unable to find while attending art school. Her guidance and patience has taught me if you trust your intuition, and cherish the time you spend creating, you will produce art that reflects the inner beauty every person possesses. SAORI weaving is a reminder that art is not something you learn, it is the ability to create once you are able to let go and work freely. The community of SAORI is another aspect of this art form that is just as important as the weaving itself. Throughout my internship, I have become a part of this community, in which people of all ages and abilities are constantly encouraging and inspiring one another while sharing their art on a weekly basis. Now at the end of my 8 month internship at SAORI Worcester, I will continue my exploration of SAORI while volunteering at Dana Allen’s studio in Maui, Hawaii. I am so grateful for the time I have spent with Mihoko and everyone I have met along the way. I will never forget the relationships I have developed, or the personal transformation I have made as both an artist and a person.

 

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