May 16, 2018
In early spring, the weavers guild in my town, Pacific Textile Arts, gave me a chance to show the old garments made with plant fibers.
It took place at their gallery during the month of March.
In the end of March, they had a field trip to my studio to see more of smaller size samples.
I enjoyed so much to prepare the space including my rough carpentry.
At the talk with about fifteen(?) people, I was rushing to talk in order to cover as many subjects as possible, with much volume possible.
People seemed to enjoy a lot, and that made me happy.
However, once everybody left, I started feeling funny, more like strange….
“Is this the way I wanted?”
“Did I go through just the surface of what we see?”
I was certainly felt uncomfortable.
The next chance for sharing came along with Humboldt Hand Weavers & Spinners Guild. So I went to Eureka in April.
The meeting happened in a different environment because I had limited items with me and there were many more people at the conference room.
Of course, Eureka is a much bigger size town compare to Fort Bragg.
This time, I needed a new approach during my talk, based on my last experience at my studio.
It was about “something invisible but certainly, is supporting things”.
I find human’s vision tends to be attracted by the surface of things. But behind each object, there is something which supports its existence.
So, I threw a vague question to the audience.
“It might sound strange to you, but I feel there is something invisible behind all these stuff I brought…., you probably think it is crazy idea….?”
Some people answered, “No, it is not!”
Ok, it seems some people feel in the same way that I feel….
“So Mari, can you describe what you mean?”
As far as it is invisible, how can I describe with my words??
There must be a way to share, though.
That said, the very first and one of the Smallest Workshop in the world will be take place at:
Ryukyu Textile Studio
Saturday, May 26
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
If you are interested, and for more info., contact at:
There are two spots left. Only five people can fit in the space……
You might start seeing something behind things…..