A single white cocoon

In the last couple newsletters, we boasted about the world of colours in our textile. But in essence, it all starts with a single cocoon: the Bombyx Mori. This particular specie produces white silk with a vitreous lustre - qualities that we are featuring this month in our Online Collection and Studio Window Display with the theme "Winter White".

Winter White - Online Collection & Studio Window Display

The Collection is a relatively new way to share our work online and in the studio. It represents a small selection of pieces that is curated by someone close to the studio.  The current collection was selected by Diana Sanderson, owner of the studio. She shares with us a few words about her selections for both the window display and the online collection.

"In putting together this collection for January I quickly chose the theme of "Winter White", which represents a 180 from my usual attempts to display the way silk takes the dye so beautifully, thus featuring the qualities of this magical fibre which are highlighted when undyed . The lustre, sheen, warmth and glow of silk come to life in this unadulterated state."

Diana's selection includes the work of Cathy Joyce, Jan Smith, Ed Pretty and the Silk Weaving Studio, as well as garments from Serenity West and products from Sanjo Silk.  You will find the complete collection online or at the studio.

Jan Smith - artist enamel + metal

Our featured jeweler this month is Jan Smith who kindly shares with us a few words about her current work and jewellery.

"In my artistic practice, I investigate concepts that evolve from an intimate connection to place and reflect a sense of identity and home. Walking, observing, and gathering are daily rituals that require a commitment to careful observation – I am absorbed by the complexity of the ephemeral natural environment. My current work reflects my ongoing preoccupation with marks the ocean and wind create on the sand and stone on the shoreline of the west coast of BC. My mark making is comprised of repetitive lines and dots and using enameling methods to give a tactile delicacy inferring surfaces and textures from the natural environment. I am creating a language or code; this is an invented language that affords a method of signaling or marking the body.
Jewellery is a remarkable language: open for investigations. The dialogue that is created as jewellery moves about on a body interacting with viewers intrigues me; jewellery is both intimate and public, almost performative in nature.  My work  memorializes moments of our natural world and commemorates important events of our lives."

SEPALI - Nature Inspired Cocoon Silk & Raffia Textiles

The utterly stunning panel shown in the above photograph is from SEPALI Madagascar.  It is made of hundreds of ceranchia apollina cocoons ironed and sewn together into a unique piece of textile that shimmers in the light. The sheen, the lustre and the natural golden colour of these cocoons are distinctive to this endemic specie.
The SEPALI Project is a NGO project that the studio is very happy to support.  It brings together people and resources through reforestation, conservation, education and fair labor.  All SEPALI products can be purchased in person at the studio and online at Sanjo Silk.

History Highlights - The Years 2000s

From the early days of the studio right through to the 90's, we are now at the start of a new millennium in our history. Starting with the year 2007, which marked the start of several shows and openings for the studio. Featured below is the work of Anne Marie Andrishak and Brigitte Rice from the studio's first exhibition "Wrapped".
During the year 2000's, the studio became a meeting place for textile artists, and the weaving at the studio became more collaborative. Diana Sanderson, with her numerous connections in Japan, started working more closely with Charllotte Kwon from Maiwa, inviting teachers and guest artists to be part of their annual symposiums and to exhibit at the studio. Yarns and fibers also became more prominent with the Silk Tree Yarn business carving a presence.
Did You Know ... Eri silkworms, like Bombyx Mori, are domesticated but they feed on the leaves of castor plants instead of mulberry.

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