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!
This summer from June-July, SAORI Arts NYC will be visiting art centers Creative Growth in Oakland, CA and Creativity Explored in San Francisco, CA and facilitating visiting artist workshops. We are excited to share the SAORI method with the incredible artists in these art centers. Looking forward to west coast weaving!
"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
Admission is free (donations for Japan Relief will be accepted)
All profit will be used to support relief in Northeastern Japan's affected areas.
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.
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.
We hope you will join us in peace and compassion. See you at the Memorial!
We had a great time this holiday season at the Asian American Arts Alliance Holiday Pop Up Sale at 150 West 83rd street, NYC. It was interesting to be around so many other talented and creative artists. We look forward to working with this organization more in the future and spreading the word about SAORI philosophy! Happy Holidays and New Year to all!!
We will be at the Textile Arts Center in Manhattan this Saturday, Dec. 12th from 2-6 pm. Beautiful weavings from Japan for sale, and one of a kind hand crafted goods made in NYC. We will be there along with fellow artisans such as ceramicists, jewelry makers, and fashion designers. Great for holiday gifts for loved ones!!
Looking forward to seeing you there!