Ria Hawks' Upcoming SAORI Presentation at The School of Visual Arts: 2.23.19 @1pm

In her presentation, Ria will describe the art of SAORI weaving, and demonstrate how SAORI Arts NYC provides the opportunity for people of all ages, who experience developmental, physical or emotional challenges, to discover the joy and creative benefits of freestyle weaving.

Stories and work of these SAORI weavers will be shared as examples of the ways SAORI is able to decrease stress and anxiety, while enhancing self-expression and coping skills, all while creating woven art.

MEETING LOCATION: School of Visual Arts 133 West 21st Street between 6th and 7th Aves. Room 602C

Program begins at 1 pm. Social Hour at 12:00 noon. Bring your lunch!

Hawks was a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of Columbia University Medical Center. Her focus was to provide children with palliative and curative care for cancer and life-threatening hematological diseases. Throughout her career, she has been an advocate for integrative therapies, which included interventions that promoted healing. From this perspective, Ria is a founding member SAORI Arts NYC, a nonprofit organization, which provides the opportunity to people of all ages who experience developmental, physical or emotional challenges, to discover the joy and creative benefits of free-style weaving. SAORI ARTS NYC is a full circle for Ria. As a child, Ria enjoyed embroidery and needlepoint with her mother, as an adult she was drawn to nursing people, and now she embraces SAORI weaving to combine her passion for healing with the joy of creating pieces of art.

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International Society of Pediatric Oncology in Kyoto

In November 2018, Ria Hawks presented a poster in Kyoto at the  International Society of Paediatric Oncology  (SIOP)  The poster offered discussion on the work that SAORI Arts NYC is doing at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York, in the Pediatric Oncology Clinic.  

One aspect of the poster was to explore and justify ways to measure the outcome of weaving with children in the clinic. There is much subjective evidence to document enhanced Quality of  Life (QOL in the research lingo) in the children who wove in the clinic.  Below is a portion of the presentation: 

Subjective of Enhanced Quality of Life 

  • Patient sibling, age 15. She accompanied her younger sister
    at a clinic visit for chemotherapy. She felt extraneous, as if there were no purpose in her being there. 

  • We offered her the opportunity to weave, which she approached tentatively. She completed a tapestry and proudly showed it to her sibling and mother, who praised her. 

  • “I like weaving because it helps me forget what is on my mind. It gives me a new focus.

    Below is the piece she wove.

    How do you put a number on this is for Quantitative Research?

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SAORI Arts NYC weaves for Artworks: the Naomi Cohain Foundation

SAORI Arts NYC has partnered with Artworks: the Naomi Cohain Foundation since the Spring of 2017.   Artworks provides funding for SAORI Arts NYC to weave at the New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital.  From time to time on this blog, one of the  SAORI Arts NYC teaching artists  will share a picture and a story to illustrate the impact of SAORI weaving on children with life threatening illness, their siblings, parents and caretakers.   

 

Kaelem, at the young age of 7, is a natural artist and his approach to weaving  reflects his understanding and appreciation of the weaving in it’s pure art form.  Together we have woven a hotdog – pretty straight forward, all straight lines,  This was the first time the first time a beginning weaver, let alone an advanced weaver, has ever asked to weave an object.    We had to use some imagination, because I didn’t have any white thread, so we used yellow for the bread.  Luckily, he didn’t like mustard, so the ketchup distinguished the bread from the hotdog, which looked good enough to eat.  

The next thing he wanted to weave  was a sky with the sun, which required using his fingers and understanding how to create a rounded piece and not squish it.     A beautifully expressive piece of artistic weaving.      And very sophisticated for a 7 year old

WEAVING AT SISTER PAT'S KIDS CAMP

SAROI ARTS NYC offers weaving at SISTER PAT'S KIDS CAMP for children with cancer and life-threatening blood disorders.  The Campers are between the ages of 6 years to 14 years.  Many of the campers return as counselors.    We are looking forward to the week this summer July 29th to August 4th. in Esopus New York!  Below are pictures of some of last years projects

SAORI Arts NYC weaves for Artworks: The Naomi Cohain Foundation

Photos from MNY Fundraiser Sept. 2016

We had a great time at the Manufacture New York Fundraiser event last month. Some of our supporters wove for the first time on a SAORI loom! Thank you to all who came out and supported our organization. It meant a lot to us and was great to see you all. We officially raised enough to purchase a loom! Horray for future weaving!! 

Visitor from Poland weaving on a SAORI loom for the first time! Thank you for coming!

Visitor from Poland weaving on a SAORI loom for the first time! Thank you for coming!

SAORI weaving close up

SAORI weaving close up

Fundraising event at Manufacture NY!

Come and bring family and friends to this special fundraising event at Manufacture NY this Saturday, Sept. 24th!  You will enjoy:

  • A display of SAORI weaving in fashion, tapestries, jewelry, handbags and more.
  • A variety of unique woven products for sale.  Think holiday shopping!
  • An opportunity to try out weaving on a SAORI loom.  (You might not want to leave it!)
  • Light refreshments while you view and mingle.

All proceeds will go to buying a much needed loom!

Suggested donation $20

LOCATION: Manufacture NY @ 850 3rd Avenue Suite 412 Brooklyn, NY

See you there!!

Creative Growth visiting artist workshop!

Our visiting artist workshop at Creative Growth this summer was a big success!!!! Located in Oakland, CA, many artists and staff come to the studio regularly to create, exhibit, and sell their artwork. We introduced the SAORI method to them and it was a big hit! Can't wait to see what these incredible artists make with their weavings in the future! Looking forward to more collaborations!!

Artist Julie Swartout

Artist Julie Swartout

Artist Tony Pedemonte weaving his sculpture on the SAORI loom.

Artist Tony Pedemonte weaving his sculpture on the SAORI loom.

Artist Pete Salsman holding up the part of the communally woven piece pre garment making.

Artist Pete Salsman holding up the part of the communally woven piece pre garment making.

Pete modeling the hand stitched hat he made using Tony Pedemonte's woven sculpture. Communally SAORI woven vest.

Pete modeling the hand stitched hat he made using Tony Pedemonte's woven sculpture. Communally SAORI woven vest.

Creativity Explored visiting artist workshop!

What a great visiting artist workshop we had this summer at Creativity Explored! Art studio CE is located in San Francisco's Mission District, committed to providing artists with developmental disabilities the means to create, exhibit and sell their work. Incredible work they make! We could hardly keep our eyes off the array of sculptures, drawings, paintings, textile work, and ceramics that filled the studios.  https://www.creativityexplored.org

The artists and staff had a blast weaving on the SAORI looms! Such incredibly dynamics and visions from these individuals. We are so happy to have been able to introduce the SAORI method to the studio and looking forward to seeing what they make in the future! Check out their blog for more info about our featured visiting artist workshop! 

https://www.creativityexplored.org/blog/blog/saori-weaving-workshop-at-creativity-explored

Artist Paul Pulizzano SAORI weaving

Artist Paul Pulizzano SAORI weaving

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Artist Hiroshi Onodera

Artist Hiroshi Onodera

Creativity Explored studio space.

Creativity Explored studio space.

Street view of Creativity Explored gallery and studio

Street view of Creativity Explored gallery and studio

Executive Director Amy Taub wearing the fabulous SAORI woven jacket communally made by the artists and staff at Creativity Explored!!

Executive Director Amy Taub wearing the fabulous SAORI woven jacket communally made by the artists and staff at Creativity Explored!!