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Saori Arts NYC returns to CE

Posted on July 26, 2017

Creativity Explored is delighted to host for the second year in a row SAORI ARTS NYC, an weaving arts non-profit organization for people with disabilities that aims to build a community dedicated to nurturing the dignity of the human spirit and embracing the individual creativity in each of us through mindful Zen weaving. 

Ria Hawks, Jane Bloom, and Maurine Packard worked with artists at CE's Main Studio last week (July 17 through 21), and Yoshiko Maruiwa and Yukako Satone are working with artists at CE2 all this week (July 24 through 28).

The letters “SA” of SAORI comes from the Zen vocabulary “SAI,” which translates to mean every thing has its own individual dignity. “ORI” is Japanese for weaving. SAORI weaving was invented in 1968 by Misao Jo.

Our guests were well received by CE artists. About the workshop, Elana Cooper said, "I loved it. I made two pillows to take home. It was fun. I did it before, last year, and I remembered how to do it. I hope they come back!"

Joseph Omolayole explains, "It’s kind of like knitting. You get two strings and you start just weaving. It’s a technique similar to knitting. We were kind of, like, back in the 17th century! Its very interesting. It’s like a rhythym, and it’s a process. You make a nice rotation, or a nice pattern, especially if you know what colors go together. That can make the pattern so beauftiful."

Both Melody Lima and Jeanette Rideau made purses. Lima says, "It was fun and exciting. I love the colors that I picked and I liked the people I was working with, and I like finishing up the project that I did with it." Rideau echoed her sentiments and added, "I want to do it again!"

Paul Pulizzano and Elana Cooper
Mirian Munguia
Melody Lima
Allura Fong
Edita Membrano and Kaocrew
SAORI is practiced in more than 40 countries.
SAORI at CE2
SAORI at CE2
SAORI at CE2
SAORI at CE2

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