Weaving a Life is simple symbolic weaving suitable for both beginning and experienced weavers as a way to explore the inner self and create balance and wholeness in our world.
The Weaving a Life Process is an approach to re-visioning oneself and one’s possibilities through a hands-on process of creating a series of simple weavings called keyforms.
The keyforms – amulet, bowl, doll, belt, mask, sacred bundle, and shawl – are elemental forms common to all cultures throughout the world. They become physical manifestations of personal meaning for the one who creates them. The woven forms hold symbolic significance in themselves, and form a kind of vessel or template for the individual to create a unique and personal experience of a path to self-discovery.
Weaving a Life is a personal process for revealing the vision and gifts you already hold inside.
Weaving a Life Education involves one-on-one personal coaching through the seven keyforms of the Weaving a Life Process. Take this distance learning course from anywhere in the world by phone — no computer necessary! You will explore how your values affect what you do in your life.
In the process of weaving the seven Weaving a Life keyforms, you will create a new vision for yourself and your work. You will become qualified to bring the process you experienced to others, and help them create new visions for themselves. And you will see how the the act of creating the keyforms imbues them with meaning and memory of the process of weaving them, so their gift is accessible any time.
Harriet Eggert of Orr's Island, Maine won a pair of Susan Barrett Merrill's handwoven earrings in the newsletter subscribers' drawing. Subscribers to our newsletter contacted us to enter the drawing, and we drew the name out of a basket (woven, of course!).
The design at right is an example of Susan's work. Each pair is unique, and the fabric is woven specially for earrings, each with traditional colonial patters - in non-traditional colors - rendered in miniature in threads of cotton, silk, and bamboo.
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Our journey to Florida for the Artist in Residence Program of the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast in Osprey, Florida, in January and February 2015 is being postponed due to scheduling issues on our end, but they want us there, so we'll travel to Osprey, Florida in the winter of 2016. They will provide living and gallery space, and beautiful grounds, plus a modest honorarium. Thank you again to all those who gave so generously! We will apply your gift when we attend.
Susan Barrett Merrill's ground-breaking book introduces the Weaving a Life process, the seven keyforms, and the deeper meanings of the Weaving a Life Journey Loom™ (the original Seven-Stick Loom). The process and the keyforms are explored in depth, and instructions for weaving each keyform are given at the end of each chapter. This beautiful book contains 144 pages, including over 200 black and white photographs and illustrations, bibliographic sources, a glossary, biographical information on the author, the creator of the keyform instructions, and the designer of the book, as well as an appendix introducing the Earth Loom. Zati is a word in the Urdu language that means from an inner or sacred place.
Reviews of ZATI The Art of Weaving a Life by Susan Barrett Merrill
"Merrill gives us a stunning book...calmly blasting walls between life and art the way Cameron did in The Artist's Way, or Goldberg in Writing Down the Bones. So honestly written, so packed with wisdom..."
--Daniela Kuper, author of Hunger and Thirst
The unique portable EarthLoom used in the book for weaving the seven Weaving a Life keyforms. Light, portable, easily disassembled with the weaving still on it. Weave anywhere: on a plane, in a canoe, by the fireplace, by the lake, at the coffee shop - anywhere you can go, you can take the Journey Loom