Continuing our conversation on Philadelphia-based artists and business-people, come see Leslie’s presentation on SAORI weaving and its place in our city.
Leslie Sudock-SAORI weaving
October 2nd | 7pm
Leslie Sudock who has worked for decades as a public interest lawyer, community activist and arts leader, first learned about SAORI in 2009 in her search for adaptive tools to enable her to continue weaving in spite of her own severe carpal tunnel symptoms. SAORI is painterly hand-weaving that emphasizes improvisation and creative expression. Founded in Osaka, Japan more than 40 years ago by Misao Jo, the name SAORI literally means “weaving with individual dignity”, from the joining of two Japanese words: “Sa” from Zen vocabulary, means everything has its own unique dignity, and “ori” means weaving. SAORI philosophy offers an open, generous, and spontaneous approach to weaving in which there are no mistakes – only opportunities, discoveries and techniques that are shared and enjoyed. SAORI weaving is a gentle, mindful and meditative creative activity that promotes self-discovery and self-expression.
She was immediately impressed by the inclusive philosophy, accessible and user-friendly looms and tools, and the beauty of the improvisational weavings. Since then she has explored both traditional and SAORI weaving, and have been fortunate to learn from a wonderful Japanese teacher Mihoko Wakabayshi, of SAORI Worcester (Worcester, MA). She has introduced SAORI weaving to public school children in the Philadelphia recreation system, to homeless and physically-challenged neighbors in churches, shelters and health facilities, and to the general community through participation in Arts Street Textiles: handmade with the homeless. Her own excitement at discovering SAORI continues undiminished, and she loves enabling others to experience the peace, pleasure and freedom to be found in weaving the SAORI way. After many years of teaching quilting, knitting, and all manner of fiber arts in the community, she is delighted to bring together her interests in fiber arts and community health at her organization, Ready to Hand-SAORI Philadelphia
For more info: www.readytohand.org