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?
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
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
We had our first SAORI weaving workshop at Extreme Kids and Crew! We wove at their awesome Red Hook, BK location. Siblings and other families members at the opportunity to weave together as well as with friends!
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!!
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!!
Ria Hawks weaves with special children at the Sister Pat's Kids Camp in Marist Brothers' Center in Esopus, NY. Here are some weavings that the children and volunteers made!
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!!
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!