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!
Come next weekend to the From Farm to Fabric Workshop Symposium Sept 26th-27th. There will be a pop-up gallery where SAORI ARTS NYC will be selling some hand woven gifts and weavings from Japan! Manufacture New York will be hosting a weekend of exploration into local textile production and sustainable fashion practices, including hands on workshops in weaving, spinning, natural dyeing and much more! There will be panel discussions that will bring together leading artists, designers, and makers in NYC and the surrounding areas.
Ticket information and workshop details in the link below:
Looking forward to seeing you all there!
SAORI Arts NYC is volunteering for a week-long fun children's camp from the Children's Hospital Marist Brothers Center in Esopus, NY. Our NPO President Ria Hawks and Vice President Yukako Satone are working with children with cancer at Marist Brothers' Center in Upstate NY in Esopus. They are engaging in natural dye activities, such as gathering fruits, leaves, and flowers to dye and print fabric. Here are some photos from their time there!
Thank you Kelly Cobb for participating in our collaboration! We love the creativity of the garment you made. The skirt is digitally printed to match the woven top! Can't wait for the next collaboration! Weaving made by Sachiko Sawada. Photo credit: Aaron Igler
We presented a short pitch at the Japan Society for the Asian American Arts Alliance Town Hall Meeting this month. Many artists and organizations joined us with their presentations. It was great to meet many creative people with interesting ideas and goals. Thanks Japan Society for having us and can't wait for the next town hall meeting!
Visit the AAAA's Tumblr page to view our info.
Vincent Tiley x Butoh x SAORI
Thank you Vincent Tiley, for your butoh performance piece at our opening show! What a surprise and incredible idea, conjoining two performers into one body suit. The audience watched as they tousled and moved throughout the space, wearing a SAORI weaving made by Eriko Yamasaki. It really completed the night and matched perfectly with our acoustic musical performance. The two person body suit was a very intriguing approach to the collaboration project between weaver and artist/designer. We applaud the creativity and boldness in creating this piece. Bravo to the performers for your participation! Looking forward to your other artworks and career. Keep up the great work!
Thank you to all who participated, volunteered, attended and supported our show at Tenri Cultural Institute this Spring. Loop of the Loom's 10th Anniversary show was a big success, and brought many great people together. We have met lots of people from all backgrounds who are interested in SAORI. Our NPO future is looking bright and our debut event was a great start!! Can't wait for more collaborations and to build bridges between Japan as well as countries all over the globe!! Hooray to the weavers in Japan for allowing us to show their amazing works in nyc. We were really able to transform the gallery space and show the world what incredible abilities we all have within ourselves, no matter who we are. More projects and events to come. Stay tuned!