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A collaboration event between Saori weavers with autism in Japan and local designers in NYC!
A collaboration event between Saori weavers with autism in Japan and local designers in NYC!
194 backers pledged $11,068 to help bring this project to life.

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Saori Weaving "Beauty Without Intentions"

Photo credit to Teruyo Fujiyama
Photo credit to Teruyo Fujiyama

 Loop of the Loom studio owned by Yukako Satone is located in NYC. It is hosting a collaboration between autistic weavers in Japan with Fashion Designers in NYC. These Japanese weavers are part of a non profit organization Saori Hiroba. We are hoping to make this collaboration possible with your help! 

http://www.loopoftheloom.com/

Saori Hiroba
Saori Hiroba

Creative Mind, Gentle Soul

Loop of the Loom is the only SAORI hand-weaving studio which introduces the award winning SAORI method for children and adults as a mindful zen weaving™. SAORI is a ZEN art of weaving from Japan that is dedicated to free expression and self-development. Loop of the Loom has the pleasure of introducing this easy-to-learn form of, what we like to call, "happy weaving" and unique craft classes using fibers from mother nature.

Photo credit to Saori Hiroba
Photo credit to Saori Hiroba

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WHAT WE NEED

In order to make this event happen, we need funding for the following:

  • Paying for the gallery space 
  •  Purchasing the weavings from Japan- These weavings are very special and must pay for import tax and fees!
  •  Getting the word out there about the event 
  • Supplies for the gallery show (Mannequins, video projection, etc)
  • Materials for 15 designers to create garments for the show
  • Pay for 3 Musicians performances during the show! (African drum players!!)
Photo credit- Satoshi Nakahira
Photo credit- Satoshi Nakahira
Photo credit to Saori Hiroba
Photo credit to Saori Hiroba
Zella - Staff of Loop of the Loom
Zella - Staff of Loop of the Loom

Inspired through the experience of living, the art of SAORI encourages self expression, personal growth and healing. SAORI lets us celebrate the beauty of our imperfections by weaving differing colors, threads and textures into a fabric that reflects the masterpiece of our own humanity. Our goal is not to teach, but to lead people to explore themselves through SAORI Weaving Arts.

COLLABORATION

Local fashion designers in the U.S. will be paired up with one Saori weaver with autism in Japan and create a garment for our gallery event in April. The proceeds from this event will be put towards creating a Saori weaving non profit organization where textiles making will be a form of art therapy for all.

Photo credit: Yukako Satone (left), Yuka Sakaguchi (right)
Photo credit: Yukako Satone (left), Yuka Sakaguchi (right)
Photo credit: Yuka Sakaguchi (left), Yukako Satone (right)
Photo credit: Yuka Sakaguchi (left), Yukako Satone (right)

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OUR REWARDS

ALL REWARDS WILL BE ONE OF A KIND. THIS MEANS THAT ALL WILL BE  MADE IN OUR STUDIO ONCE THE KICKSTARTER GOAL IS REACHED . THIS ALSO MEANS THAT THEY CAN BE CUSTOMIZED TO YOUR LIKING!

We have created a list of rewards as a thank you for all that contribute to this cause. It is our sincerest thanks and pleasure to create and send these gifts to you.

Greeting Cards- ($15 or more) Set of 3. Blank inside and hand sewn Saori weaving on cover. All cards vary slightly.

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 Bengala Tote- ($30 or more) Bengala a natural dye extracted from the earth will be used to create these canvas totes. Stencil and print designs vary per piece.

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Woven pillow covers- ($50 or more) Hand woven Saori pillow covers. Dimensions fit a pillow filler roughly 12"x 15". Delicate wash.

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Saori woven hat!- ($70 or more) A warm beanie hat to wear! Color choice can be requested.

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Shelley Wei
Shelley Wei

Small Tapestry- ($150 or more) Tapestries roughly measure to 11"x15". General color requests can be made.

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Saori woven handbag- ($250 or more) Size measurements are roughly 13"x12". You can request a color!

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Saori Woven garments- ($500 or more) These handwoven garments are very special and there are no two of the same garments out there. The following garment rewards can be chosen: Basic sleeveless/short sleeve dress with max. 2 patch pockets OR woven elastic waist pants with vest or pullover top combo. General colors can be requested. Size measurement specifications can be requested.

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Photo credit to Saori Hiroba
Photo credit to Saori Hiroba

 Trip to Japan!- ($3000 or more) Enjoy a Saori weaving/textile tour of Japan. All locations of visits will be coordinated. Includes room and board. Does not include airfare. Time of trip varies depending on number of travelers as well as season.

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Check us out on the following links! :

Big thanks to Gabrielle Rabinowitz for getting us on the art blog boingboing.net!!!

http://boingboing.net/2014/12/26/kickstarting-a-us-show-of-piec.html

Wonderful write up by Adventures of Art Therapy blog!! Thank you!:

http://arttherapist.blogspot.com/2014/12/saori-weaving-as-intervention-for.html?m=1

Fellow Saori Weaver Terri Bibby in Salt Spring Island, thank you for your post about our event and for spreading awareness about Saori!!:

http://www.saltspringweaving.com/blog/?p=1615

CREDITS

A very big thank you for this project launch for the following:

SAORI Hiroba for Japanese woven work images and installations

Saorinomori for Misao Jo's images and woven work images

Mihoko Wakabayashi for beautiful bridge photo with weavings and handmade garment photos (credit at bottom of image)

Michelle Michiyo Morita-Shinohara for necklaces in video

Rachel Sipser for video editing

CONNECTIONS - a group of special needs of JCC Manhattan. For pillow weaving images. http://www.jccmanhattan.org/connections

Shelley Wei for weaving and photos

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Love,

Brandy Godsil

Nica Rabinowitz

Loop of the Loom

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ABOUT REWARDS:

Each reward is handcrafted in our studio in NYC. Some pieces are made per pledge. If we reach our goal earlier than the required completion date (Jan. 7th, 2015!) then you may be able to receive your rewards earlier!! Perhaps even before Christmas time!

Every Saori woven piece is handwoven and is one of a kind. No two weavings are alike, as well as the gifts and creations made from them. Please keep in mind the rewards you will receive will vary and differ somewhat from the images displayed.

Overall color choices for some gifts can be made (specified in Rewards section of our Story). For garments, general measurements can be made accordingly.

Washing will change items fairly drastically. Handle with care. All woven materials will vary and include the following materials: Cotton, Silk, Wool, Acrylic Wool, Acetate.

Items will be shipped via USPS. International shipments are responsible for import tax as well as any additional fees or information that is required.

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    A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU! Your name will be placed on our gallery wall located near Union Square in NYC. Your name will be part the list of contributors whom have helped make this event possible.

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    SET OF THREE WOVEN GREETING CARDS! You will receive a set of three greeting cards adorned with a unique Saori weaving. Each small weaving and card is one of a kind. They can be used for any special occasion for your loved ones!
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    HAND WOVEN COASTERS! Set of three brightly colored handwoven Saori coasters. Each one is one of a kind. These can be used on your coffee or dinner table, or to brighten up your office desk!
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    BENGALA TOTE! Enjoy a Bengala dyed canvas tote. Bengala is a natural dyed material extracted from the earth. This dye creates beautiful earth tones in yellow, purple, reds and brown tones. Your name will also be placed on the gallery wall.

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    SAORI NECKLACE/BELT! You will receive an individualized hand crafted saori necklace which can also be worn as a belt! Each piece is one of a kind. Great as gifts for your loved ones. One size fits all. They are versatile and can be worn day or night! Your name will also be placed on our gallery wall.

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    SAORI PILLOW COVER! Enjoy and rest your head on a beautiful hand woven pillow cover. Dimensions roughly 12"x15". Pillow insert can be easily inserted. Your name will also be placed on the gallery wall.

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    SAORI HAT AND HANDMADE THANK YOU CARD! Keep your head warm with a handcrafted Saori woven beanie hat. Child or adult can be specified. One size per fits all. Comes with handmade thank you card. Your name will also be placed on the gallery wall.

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    SAORI SMALL TAPESTRY! A unique and one of a kind wall hanging tapestry will be sent. Dimensions are roughly 11"x15". Your name will also be placed on the gallery wall.

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    2 HOUR SAORI WEAVING SESSION AND HANDMADE THANK YOU CARD! Come into the studio at Loop of the Loom and enjoy a two hour zen weaving session. Choose yarns from our colorful wall! Materials included. This comes with a handmade thank you card. Your name will also be placed on the gallery wall.

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    SAORI WOVEN HANDBAG! One of a kind Saori woven handbag for everyday use! This can be made for the color of your choice. Your name will also be placed on the gallery wall.

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    ALL DAY STUDIO WEAVING SESSION AND HANDMADE THANK YOU CARD! Come into the studio at Loop of the Loom and learn to make your own warp and weave. Materials included. Choose yarns from our colorful wall! This comes with a handmade thank you card. Your name will also be placed on the gallery wall.

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    SAORI GARMENT! These garments are very special. Choose between a handwoven sleeveless dress or pant and vest combo! Made to your color choice and measurements. Your name will also be placed on the gallery wall.

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    SAORI GARMENT + SMALL TAPESTRY. Handwoven sleeveless dress . Made to your color choice and measurements. It comes with small tapestry to decorate your home. You will also have your name placed on the gallery wall.

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    TRIP TO JAPAN! Learn about Saori in the country where it originated! Travel to Japan for a textile/weaving trip which includes 5 days of custom workshops and private textile craft lessons. Come and visit the Saori headquarters in Osaka. You will learn about different Saori weaving techniques as well as about the amazing and mystical Japanese culture. (Airfare not included. Included room and board, studio visits, and host organizer fees). You will also have your name placed on the gallery wall.

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    TRIP TO JAPAN PLUS 3 CUSTOM GARMENTS! Learn about Saori in the country where it originated! Travel to Japan for a textile/weaving trip which includes 5 days of custom workshops and private textile craft lessons. You will learn about different Saori weaving techniques as well as about the amazing and mystical Japanese culture. (Airfare not included. Included room and board, studio visits, and host organizer fees). Also comes with 3 custom Saori handmade garments! You will also have your name placed on the gallery wall.

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