Ellen Finan presents Weaving Without Intention: the Saori Way
I often thought of improvisational jazz as a form of weaving, Saori weaving aims to free one’s inner creativity through the expression of self. Saori comes from two Japanese words: “sa” meaning self and “ori” meaning to weave. In additional to Saori weaving, I work with other fiber arts, such as the centuries old craft of felting and natural dyeing.
Saori introduced me to an aesthetic that guides my vision, a set of principles that focus my efforts and skills that enables me to create. The art of Saori cultivates a lack of intention: in other words, one weaves without pre-planned drafts, unlike more traditional weaving. In this way, the weaver is free to embrace serendipity-those moments of inspiration- by being in the moment. Each weaving cannot be replicated. It is what it is, embracing its one-of-a-kind nature. Irregular selvages constitute an opportunity to move past the boundary of cloth; the different textures and yarns add dimension; color creates interest; design evolves. Such is the basis for Saori weaving.
The founder of Saori, Misao Jo, of Osaka, Japan, celebrated her 103rd birthday, this April. Her words and actions inspire a practice that now encompasses the globe. For the past eight years as a Saori weaver, I have shown my work in the annual members exhibits, at the Riverside Art Museum, in Riverside, California. In addition I have been an Artisan of the Pueblo, at the Cabot Yerxa Museum, in Desert Hot Springs, since 2011, and my work was exhibited in the Gallery. Currently, I am a Board Member and a gallery artist, at the Desert Art Center, in Palm Springs. Additionally, I am a member of the Inland Empire Handweavers Guild and the 29 Palms Guild and Gallery.
Heather Sprague presents Meditations | Yucca Valley, CA
A native Californian, Heather Sprague spent her childhood roaming through and living in many different states, but has always come home. Originally moving to the Morongo Basin in 1985, and attending high school at Yucca Valley High School, she would leave the desert, and return two more times, the last being in 2001, and has since called the desert home for the last sixteen years.
Heather holds two Bachelor of Art degrees from the University of California, Davis, one in Art History and one in Studio Art. Coming from a long history of talented artists and craftsmen on her Mother's side of the family, her mother included, Heather could not help but be influenced by that lineage, and so has had the same love of creativity flowing through her veins. Her time spent in Italy was a life changing and formative experience for her art and how she viewed the world, and served as the springboard for her decision to take her art seriously.
Heather has tried her hand at a variety of mediums, but photography has been the staple through every artistic experimentation. Constantly fascinated by how and what the camera captures, she has stated that, "There is no bad photograph. Each one is showing me something I could never see in any other way, and some of my favorite altered images have come from original photos that others would have tossed." Heather works on an emotional level, and therefore some images are altered, and some are not. She works until she feels the "click", as she would say, but always her goals are to create beautiful images to show the world in her own unique way, to give common things a new perspective, and sometimes to bring awareness to various issues. Her interest in Quantum Physics has taken her work down a new path, and the juxtaposition she has discovered between what the camera sees as an objective observer, and what she creates based on the theory of superposition, and her own reality, has lead to a world of infinite possibilities, and a view into the divine that connects us all. Currently, Heather has her own online photography and art business, is an Artisan at The Cabot Yerxa Pueblo Museum in Desert Hot Springs, CA, a member of MBCAC, a member of DAC, and a proud Artist, Guild Member, Board Member and Human Resources Coordinator at The 29 Palms Artists' Guild and Gallery in 29 Palms, CA.
Michael Milos Faitl | Yucca Valley, CA
Born in former Czechoslovakia, in 1973, Michael was interested in photography, at a young age. He learned the basics from his father. His first assignment was at school, working as a photographer. He captured trips and events, using his father’s old Russian camera. After the fall of communism, Michael finally had the opportunity to see the world. He traveled throughout Europe. In 2002, he traveled in the United States. The Southwest and National parks of the West Coast are the main focus of his landscape and nature photography. Some of his photographs were published in magazines in Europe, as well as used by online by companies. In order to expand his knowledge and skills, Michael studied, and graduated from the New York Institute of Photography, in 2011. A year later, he opened his photo studio and gallery in Crestline, California. Over the years, his photographs have been included in many exhibitions and art festivals. Michael currently lives in Yucca Valley with his wife Esther.
I was always fascinated by the beauty of nature, and the diversity of creation on this planet. As human beings, we are deeply connected to nature, spirituality and physically. For some of us nature serves as a healing place, for others as a temple, and there are others, who acting unconsciously, destroy this precious environment, that was given to us. It`s obvious, that the work of any landscape and nature photographer is to preserve the beauty of our planet for future generations, but I would like to add the spiritual connection. It is that spiritual connection with nature, and the amazing places that surround us, that is broken for many people, in our modern society. It always makes me happy, when my picture finds a home and helps to heal this disconnection. Being present in nature heals the soul, and sometimes even the physical body. My goal is to bring a little of this presence into peoples lives through my photography.
After retiring from professional careers in technology and music production, Erick Johnson turned to one of his long lost loves, photography, as a hobby. He first learned his skills as the photo editor, of his high school newspaper, and practiced, as a wedding photographer, for several years after graduating. He put down the film camera for more than 20 years, while working in technology. After being diagnosed with a debilitating brain tumor, he rediscovered photography, as an exhilarating creative outlet. He left the old days of film behind, and moved into the 21st century, now shooting fully digital. Erick takes every opportunity to go out into nature, and captures the essence, mood and lighting of the location. By sharing with you, his “hobby gone wild,” his hope is that you will pause a few moments, allow your imagination to expand - running wild - through the images produced by Erick Johnson.
Regina Kirillov presents Hair
I was born in Sankt Petersburg, formerly Leningrad, a city of silver, white nights. I discovered art, while studying classical ballet, for seven years, with the Kirov Ballet. Later in my life, I followed many different paths. I like opposites. I studied physics, and worked in the field for five years. Starting in high school, I was fascinated with languages. I studied English and graduated from the Language School of Scientific Translation. Various other interests led me to the Hermitage Art Museum, in Saint Petersburg, Russia. My goal was to study Art History. Eventually, I worked there as a docent. When I moved to the United States, I worked in several librairies. In 2008, Photography became my art medium. In addition to loving my friends and other living creatures, I love to watch strange events, like unusual reflections, the life of flowers, fruits and vegetables. I relish any manifestation of beauty and ugliness.
A popular saying, which has almost become a proverb is “Beauty is all around us.” In addition to our eyes, we now have what I call ‘a technical eye,’ the camera. Using a camera, we can instantaneously “freeze” what we like or dislike. I see all things interconnected in nature. For example, the world views hair and a flower as two different things. I observe more similarities than differences. They are both alive and breathe. They both have shapes and colors. Each seems to love sun and water. Though hair and flowers prefer different foods, they both grow and multiply. Over the ages, women have glorified their hair. Women are always trying to enhance the beauty of their hair. In ancient Rome, women sunned their hair for hours, trying to give it a glow. In China, women dried their hair with silk towels, which was thought to make it silkier. I don’t need to tell you, what we do now with our hair to make it look SPECTACULAR!