To mentor Wellstone’s students, Co-Mission connected with Chiaki O’Brien, a local teaching artist who specializes in SAORI, a contemporary method of Japanese hand weaving. The beauty of SAORI is that there are no mistakes, and the individuality of each woven piece is celebrated, O’Brien said.
SAORI has played an important role in O’Brien’s life and work. When she moved to Minnesota from Japan in 2004, O’Brien was painfully shy about her beginner’s English, she said – but her desire to share her knowledge of weaving helped her overcome that barrier and connect with people. This fall, she had the pleasure of sharing the same experience with Wellstone’s students. “We are not creating fabric,” O’Brien said. “We are telling our story.”