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!!

Fifth Anniversary Memorial for Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami Victims

"TOGETHER FOR 311"

Sunday, March 6, 2016

FIFTH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL

TOGETHER FOR 3.11
FIFTH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL
FOR JAPAN’S EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI VICTIMS

On March 11, 2011, the eastern regions of Japan were struck by an earthquake and tsunami of unimaginable power. For many of us in New York, shock and sorrow compelled us to do something for the suffering victims, and we responded. Today, five years later, many of the stricken regions are being restored. The ground has been built up and the land has been reshaped in the coastal areas. Yet sixty-eight thousand people still live in temporary housing. There is an obvious gap between the restored areas, and the extensive lands that remain unrestored and are now depopulated. It will take more time for the people and their communities to regain their strength, but still they are striving to rebuild. After five years, the first thing we can do is to promise, once more, never to forget. Never forget that day or the survivors still living in those regions. And never forget the compelling compassion we felt on that day, wanting to do something, anything, for them. So today, let us come together again, listen to those voices through video recordings, and once more send our prayers to the survivors and the souls who were lost. Our message is: "We have not forgotten you. Together we will overcome and help Japan recover."
– SIDE BY SIDE – Let us join our hearts TOGETHER!

DATE: 3/6/16 (SUN) 
Doors Open: 4:00PM
Memorial Ceremony: 4:45PM – 6:00PM
Doors Close: 7:00PM

PLACE: First Church of Christ, Scientist
10 West 68th Street at Central Park West, New York, N.Y. 10023
Closest Subway: 1 @66th St (Lincoln Center) B, C @72nd St

http://www.nycago.org/Organs/NYC/html/FirstCS.html
 

Admission is free (donations for Japan Relief will be accepted)
All profit will be used to support relief in Northeastern Japan's affected areas.

  Tsuanami  Cruise woven banner created by 3,000 people around the world

Tsuanami  Cruise woven banner created by 3,000 people around the world

Saori Arts NYC will be participating in this memorial and in honor of the earthquake and tsunami victims. After the 2011 natural disasters in Japan, SAORI tsunami cruise began in 2013. SAORI looms were sent to the fisherman coastal area of Tohoku, Iwate prefecture by Takashi Higashiyama of SAORI Hiroba. The survivors of Tohoku, the people of Napal and Thailand began exchanging warps to create one of 311 meters long. The warp traveled to these countries and NYC for people to weave together. The weaving became 350 meters long and now resides in Kobe, Japan. An estimated 3,000 people total wove this piece together, within a year long project.

 Photo portraits of weavers in Tohoku

Photo portraits of weavers in Tohoku

In remembrance and creation of this incredible project, the city of Miyako in Iwate prefecture handmade woven apples and sent them to us in NYC as friendship items. These apples are a symbol of hope and global community that can be achieved worldwide. They will be for sale at the Fifth Anniversary Memorial event. All proceeds will be used to support relief in Northeastern Japan's affected areas. 

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We hope you will join us in peace and compassion. See you at the Memorial!