“Creator, open our hearts to peace and healing between all people.
Creator, open our hearts to provide and protect for all children of the earth.
Creator, open our hearts to respect for the earth, and all the gifts of the earth.
Creator, open our hearts to end exclusion, violence and fear among all.
Thank you for the gifts of this day and every day. “
Mi ‘Kmaq prayer
There are many words, poems, lyrics, prayers that inspire me. I changed my mind a few times about my inspiration for this project. Then, on May 27th, the bodies of 215 children were discovered in an unmarked mass grave at a Residential School in Kamloops BC. I knew that I wanted to weave for them. For the others that will be found. For the children who never returned home to their families. For the parents that never saw their children again, or knew what happened to them. To think about how we have failed the First Nations people here. Since discovering Saori I have always woven through my feelings. Joy, gratitude, sorrow, fear, grief. I am grateful for this gift of expression. I took 4 orange scarves and cut them into strips. Then re-wove them together in a 215 cm hanging. What was once whole was broken. What is broken can heal, however it will never be the same.
“Orange Shirt Day was created as an observance in 2013, and is designed to educate people and promote awareness in Canada about the Indian residential school system and the impact it has had on Indigenous communities for over a century—an impact recognized as a cultural genocide, and an impact that continues today.”
Lynn Jones has been a Saori weaver for over 12 years. The improvisational aspect of Saori and the therapeutic qualities of the weaving and the loom itself, help her manage chronic back pain. In the last 5 years Lynn has focused on clothing design, making her hand woven fabric into wearable art. Every piece that Lynn weaves uses only natural fibres, both new and recycled. Recent weaving explorations have included hand made clay pieces and beach combing finds. She is a member of the Scattered Artist Tour in Victoria BC.
“Look out through eyes that shine” Misao Jo