Several years ago, I felt a stroke of grace.  In that moment, I realized who I am and what I am.  I am a weaver…a handspinner and dyer of natural fibers…a textile artist just like the three (3) generations of Ryukyu weavers in my family before me.

It seems that all my creative endeavors in my life had somehow transported me to that moment of realization.  Yes, I am a textile artist.  Why?

Well, it is during the rhythmic beat of my Okinawan High Loom Tom-Tom (loom beater) that I experience wondrous moments of silence.  This silence sustains me and feeds me.

This silence then leads me to moments of stillness.  It is in this stillness that I’m able to feel peace and grateful abundance.

So, I design, create and weave these moments of stillness into textiles…textiles that are woven for functional purposes and textiles that are woven as artwork.

In both my functional textiles and artwork, my intention is the same…for it is through the colors and textures of my textiles that I strive to share peace and abundance with you…


8 thoughts on “Statement

  1. Your statement is so moving, and your work is breathtaking. My mother’s family is from Yomitan, a town known for its textiles too. Thank you for keeping this art alive!

    1. Hello Aki-san, How wonderful it is that we are united by Ryukyu material culture–Yomitan’s Yuntanza is beautiful, indeed. It’s my pleasure to keep Ryukyu arts alive–weaving, dyeing, writing and teaching motivates me to learn more and to share knowledge about Ryukyu culture with others! Thank you for visiting my website and for your thoughtful words. Gratefully, Scharine

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