Traditional Japanese arts, in residence

Aug 06, 2014
Mihoko Wakabayashi will weave and more in the next Camp and Create week at Searsport Shores Ocean Campground.

Searsport — Mihoko Wakabayashi will be Artist in Residence in Searsport Shores Ocean Campground’s Camp and Create Sunday through Saturday, Aug. 10 through 16.  The drop-in, hands-on presentations take place throughout the week, and no fee is required for instruction.

Wakabayashi, a native of Japan, has been working on Saori weaving for nearly 20 years. Saori is an improvisational style of weaving that has been called a moving meditation — there are no mistakes, and anyone can weave on ready-made warp. Wakabayashi’s Saori studio in Worcester, Mass., is the first official studio in this country and she has been teaching all ages and variety of abilities since 2000. She visited Searsport Shores last year during Fiber College and fell in love with the place.

Wakabayashi will weave and dye while she works as an artist in residency and she will be joined by her mother, who is visiting from Japan this month. Wakabayashi’s mother is a Japanese tea master. The two artists will offer variety of workshops including Saori weaving, Japanese paper dying, Japanese tea ceremony, origami, and Japanese fan making for all ages.

For more information about camping or participating in Camp and Create at Searsport Shores, located on Route 1, visit searsportshores.com/artists or call 548-6059.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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