SAORI ARTS NY
“SOMETIMES THE STRONGEST WAY TO COMMUNICATE IS THROUGH THE CREATIVE CHOICES WE MAKE,” SAID BRANDY GODSIL, THE DIRECTOR OF SAORI ARTS NYC, A NEW YORK-BASED NONPROFIT THAT USES A CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE WEAVING METHOD TO REACH PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.
Pioneered by a woman named Misao Jo in 1960s Japan, Saori is based on the idea that creative “accidents” are a valuable form of self-expression. The Saori aesthetic hit the fashion industry last spring in a collaboration called “ Beauty Without Intentions” between a dozen young US fashion designers, fashion design students, and weavers with disabilities in Japan. Each designer was paired with the work of a weaver and asked to design the textiles into a piece of clothing. The results combined Japanese minimalism with a very contemporary sense of chaos. Some pieces were edgy and deconstructed, while others were more classic, but all were wearable.
A similar sense of fun and experimentation, along with a strong measure of compassion, can be found on a daily basis at SAORI Arts NYC. By fostering collaborations with artists, painters, photographers and designers, SAORI Arts NYC is bringing fresh significance to the Big Idea that Saori founder Misao Jo had in the 1960s, that it was necessary to radically rethink the concept of perfection — and of flaws.
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