Austin Fiber Artists

South January Meeting- SAORI with Laura Poll

Come hear weaver Laura Poll speak on the Saori art form. What is Saori?
SAORI is a contemporary hand-weaving philosophy. SAORI is completely intuitive. There are no patterns to follow, no guidelines to abide by. Through the creative use of colors, textures, and materials, SAORI practitioners are encouraged to express themselves through their work, without fear of making mistakes or pressure to conform to the expectations of others.

SAORI is accessible to everyone, regardless of age, gender, skill-level, or physical ability. By using the most basic of weaving structures as a foundation, practitioners can begin weaving and creating within minutes of sitting at the loom. Each SAORI weaving is one-of-a-kind, as unique as the person who made it, and should be considered a work of art.
The following slogans represent the SAORI philosophy and way of living.
Consider the differences between a machine and a human being
Be bold and adventurous
Look out through eyes that shine
Inspire one another, and everyone in the group

About the speaker:
Laura Poll is a textile artist and SAORI practitioner. She is a certified SAORI instructor and her studio is a member of the SAORI Global Network. She was introduced to SAORI in New York City, where she studied the SAORI philosophy under the guidance of Yukako Satone and members of her studio.

Laura brings over 500 hours of in-studio, hands-on SAORI experience and training to her studio practice. She has also received extensive instruction and training in Osaka, Japan. She is recognized by the governing body that certifies SAORI instructors in Japan, a unique honor that few instructors outside of Asia enjoy.
Her interpretation of SAORI is informed by the essays of Misao Jo, the founder of SAORI, as well the philosophy of her instructors and mentors. As a member of the SAORI Leader’s Committee, she is committed to sharing the SAORI philosophy with others.