Thursday, September 27, 2012

Saori LA Conference /workshop 3rd grade testing with Kenzo jo

Again , even with just 4 of us taking the Saori 3rd grade test, magical Saori hand woven clothing was being worn by every one !

Kenzo Jo shared a story earlier on in the week.
in 1989 Misao Jo came to the US and gave a speech in washington DC at a "very special arts festival" for people with disablities . After there presentation one audience member  came up to Misao after her speech and was so moved and said to her ,"make 1,000 instructors like you, and spread Saori out all over the all countries to make a better world".

 Misao Jo, the founder of Saori, wove this long banner which was draped around the library where we had the Saori works shops. So a bit of Misao was present , observing her weavers.

More  photos  of Misao's weaving banner

Here is Cheryl from Alabama taking her," on the loom" part of the test. There were 4 looms set up to test on on various skills needed to prepare the looms for weaving, weaving, folding, problem solving and design elements too.

 This is Janet from Canada, looking like we all did, durning the written test!
  Here you can see the various loom stations set up for our testing.
Laura durning her part of the test.

We were called up and Kenzo award us our certificates for passing the 3rd grade of saori weaving skills.
No one can fail, ( this is Saori remember )and the hands on part for me was the smoothest part and went quickly. I never have  been good at written tests, that was more difficult for me.

 With help from all the Japan group and wonderful conference  coordinator Mihoko we all passed!
The graduating photos from the 2012 Saori weaving conference work shop testing class !

Kenzo said to us after giving us our certicicates," now you too are part of the goal of the thousand Misao's teaching Saori weaving through out the world."

"we do not  weave a piece of cloth, but rather ( weave) our true selves".... Misao Jo

Misao is 99 yrs old and weaves every day.

Jill Nickolene Sanders

1 comment:

  1. Awesome, Jill! The pictures tell the story. Congratulations to all!


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