Gypsy Weaver Exhibition

Gypsy Weaver (Cathy Tobin) is a travelling SAORI artist, creating beautiful wearable art as she explores the open road of Australia by caravan with her husband and two dogs.  Finding inspiration in the picturesque countryside, the beautiful palettes of nature and freedom of adventure, Gypsy Weaver creates unique, exquisite hand-woven clothing as she travels.

“When given freedom to create, art is an expression. I love that SAORI weaving has no rules and whatever you do is perfect. I can express my true self and I’m always happiest when making something.” Gypsy Weaver

Follow Gypsy Weaver’s adventures and discover more about her work at her upcoming exhibition:

Landscapes of my Soul
– a woven journey across Australia –

3rd – 19th November 2017

The Warehouse
36 Fraser Street, Clunes VIC

Discover the vast talent in freestyle clothing design and hear how YOU can easily make garments at home from your weaving.

  • FREE SAORI WEAVING WORKSHOPS (Bookings essential!)

Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to discover SAORI weaving and see the gorgeous freestyle clothing design possible.

Saturday 4th & Saturday 11th November
11am – 1pm & 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Bookings essential.

Sunday 5th & Sunday 12th November
3 – 4pm
Bookings essential.

To book your place at one of these FREE SAORI weaving workshops, email

SAORI Immersive Retreat

Don’t miss out on this amazing immersive SAORI weaving experience

Stay at the stunning Shizuka Ryokan & Wellness Retreat, a traditional Japanese accommodation in the heart of Victoria’s Spa Country while you immerse yourself in the relaxing, creative art of Japanese SAORI weaving.

Learn SAORI weaving techniques, discover the freedom and meditation of the SAORI loom and enjoy the exceptional, authentic Japanese surroundings, food and culture to inspire your creativity.

This is an exclusive retreat focusing on SAORI weaving and serenity, an opportunity to learn and explore this Japanese weaving art form amidst gorgeous Japanese-inspired surroundings with a small group of like-minded creative souls.

Over the 3 days you will explore a range of SAORI weaving techniques, immerse yourself in colour and texture at the loom, learn the beautiful art of Sakiori cloth weaving, gain valuable tips and tricks for freestyle SAORI clothing design and be given space and solitude to delve into your weaving practice throughout the weekend.  Whether you are a complete beginner to SAORI weaving or a seasoned SAORI creative, this Retreat is for you!

Dates: Thursday 23rd – Sunday 26th November 2017

Where: Shizuka Japanese Ryokan & Wellness Retreat, Hepburn Springs, Victoria

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to delve into SAORI weaving with Prue Simmons – Japanese cultural specialist and one of only three accredited SAORI teachers here in Australia, surrounded by the beauty of Japanese culture and custom. What better way to immerse yourself in this unique Japanese artform!

Get all the details here!