A Mindfulness Zen Weaving Dojo

 

 


Loop of the Loom is home to New York City's first-ever registered SAORI weaving studio, gallery and authorized SAORI loom dealer.  As one of the SAORI Leader's Committee members in the United States, Loop of the Loom has the pleasure of introducing this unique and easy-to-learn form of, what we like to call, "happy weaving" to the Tri-State Area since 2005.

 
 
 
 

The Studio

Our studio in Manhattan's Upper East Side offers classes and workshops, on-site and off-site, to individuals and groups interested in self-discovery, healing and having fun through weaving.  

With SAORI's growing popularity, Loop of the Loom has been invited to collaborate with local schools, hospitals, community events and museums.

Students at Loop of the Loom have created distinct and original tapestries, clothing, scarves, bags and many useful items that can be appreciated by all.  Other classes at Loop of the Loom include sewing, spinning and Bengala eco-dyeing!  The Loop of the Loom gallery showcases new works created by those in the SAORI community.

 
 
 
 

Our Staff


YUKAKO SATONE Founder / SAORI certified instructor

Yukako studied visual design and worked as a graphic designer in Japan. At the age of 25, Yukako moved to NYC to work as an assistant art director for an advertising agency. After devoting her time to raising her daughter, she encountered Misao Jo in Japan, the founder of SAORI. Her meeting occurred one month before her traumatic experience from the tragedy of 9/11. Yukako practiced SAORI weaving as a form of healing herself and understood very early in her relationship with SAORI that this was something she would share. 

Yukako hosted her first SAORI workshop near Ground Zero for friends and children in grief post-9/11. With a portable loom, she traveled to many places to demonstrate SAORI as a public art activity, and realized that SAORI is therapeutic not only for healing, but also for discovering the joy of living.

In 2005, Yukako became a certified SAORI instructor, and opened a SAORI weaving studio called Loop of the Loom. As a pioneer of SAORI in the US, she has been coaching its method in the local and global community. She received grants from Peace Stone Foundation as a teaching artist in Senegal and The Laura Lenzner Adasko Artist in Residence program at Bank Street School for Children in 2011.

One of Loop of the Loom’s missions, the “Weaving-in-Action” project is to introduce community weaving and to build an inclusive community for people with or without disabilities for self-discovery and independence using the SAORI method. There have been many SAORI workshops to create woven sculptures with children using NYC recycling materials as well as hands-on weaving instruction. These workshops have not only happened in the studio but also at the following events as public art with many organizations.


NOBUKO TSURUTA SAORI certified instructor / SAORI healing artist

Visit her @ Nobuko Tsuruta/Fiber Artist

MICHIYO SHINOHARA SAORI Instructor at Loop of the Loom since 2014.

Take a look at her work @ Shino NYC

Interns / Bartering shifts 
Loop of the Loom needs your work for various out of the studio workshops as well as studio works. You will receive the opportunities to visit schools, colleges, and various events, where SAORI weaving therapy is welcomed. Details, please ask Yukako.

 
 
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Past Events


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2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

  • Japan Society  (NYC)
  • Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York / Columbia University Medical Center  (NYC)
  • Hand in Hand Remembering 911- Manhattan Youth Downtown Community  (NYC)
  • New York Botanical Garden, Family Picnic (Bronx, NY)
  • Bank Street School Artist Presentation  (NYC)
  • Sister Pats' Camp of NY Presbiterian Hospital  (NY)
  • VSA Arts New Jersey, Art Festival  (New Brunswick, NJ)
  • World Maker Faire  (Queens, NY)
  • Re-Birth exhibition by Nobuko Tsuruta  (NYC)
  • BUST Craftacular  (NYC)
  • Bank Street School Fall Fair  (NYC)
  • New York State Sheep & Wool Festival (Rhinebeck, NY)

2010

  • Parsons The New School for Design  (NYC)
  • Horace Mann School Nusery  (NYC)
  • Third Avenue Street Festival  (NYC)
  • MARTE at P.S.163  (NYC)
  • 92 Y Street Festival  (NYC)
  • New York Botanical Garden, Family Picnic (Bronx, NY)
  • Camp Sister Pats / Columbia University Medical Center (NY)
  • NYU Medical Center Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation  (NYC)
  • New York State Sheep & Wool Festival (Rhinebeck, NY)

2009

  • SAORI 40th Anniverssary International Symposium (Osaka, Japan)
  • The New York Botanical Garden; Kiku Exhibition(Bronx, NY)
  • The Hospitality Committee for United Nations Delegations  (NYC)
  • Bank Street School Fall Fair  (NYC)
  • New York State Sheep & Wool Festival (Rhinebeck, NY)
  • Eco Fair at The Anderson School PS 334  (NYC)
  • Third Avenue Street Festival  (NYC)
  • NYU Medical Center Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation (NYC)
  • Kaplan JCC on the Palisades; Camp Dream Street (Tenafly, NJ)
  • Camp Sister Pats / Columbia University Medical Center (NY)
  • The New York Botanical Garden; Family Picnic (Bronx, NY)
  • Englewood Public Library  (Englewood, NJ)
  • Eastchester Green Day Celebration and Summit (Eastchester, NY)
  • Japan Day 2009 at Central Park(NYC)
  • Abrons Arts Center (NYC)
  • 14 Street Y / Japanese Parenting & Family Center  (NYC)

2008

  • Organic Cotton Exhibit at SAORI Gallery (Osaka, Japan)
  • The New York Botanical Garden; Holiday Train Show Open House (Bronx, NY)
  • Columbia University Medical Center (NYC)
  • The New York Botanical Garden; Kiku Exhibition  (Bronx, NY)
  • New York Sheep & Wool Festival  (Rhinebeck, NY)
  • Nippon Club; Needle Felting Class (NYC)
  • Bank Street School Fall Fair  (NYC)
  • Convergence 2008 - Handweavers Guild of America (Tampa, FL)
  • Camp Sister Pats / Columbia University Medical Center (NY)
  • JCC-Bergen Y; Art Workshop for Special Needs (Township of Washington, NJ)
  • The New York Botanical Garden; Family Picnic (Bronx, NY)
  • The Parrish Art Museum (Southampton, NY)
  • E.H. Bryan School; Weaving Project for the 100th Anniversary (Cresskill, NJ)
  • Knitter's Guild of Bergen County (Oradel, NJ)
  • JCC on the Palisades; Senior Art Class (Tenafly, NJ)
  • SWAN Day (Support for Women's Art Now!) at CRS (NYC)

2007

  • SAORI International Arts Show & Art Therapy Conference (Soho, NY)*
  • The New York Botanical Garden; Kiku Exhibition, Holiday, Family Picnic (Bronx, NY)
  • New York State Sheep & Wool Festival (Rhinbeck, NY)
  • Nippon Club; Spinning Class (NYC)
  • Tomorrow's Children Institute / Hackensack Medical Center (Hackensack, NJ)
  • Camp Sister Pats (NY)
  • Columbia University Medical Center (NYC)
  • JCC on the Palisades; Dream Street Camp (Tenafly, NJ)
  • Green Meadow Waldorf School; Craft Festival (Chestnut Ridge, NY)
  • Jewish Home in Rockleigh (Rockleigh, NJ)
  • Hoboken Arts & Crafts Fair (Hoboken, NJ)
  • JCC-Bergen Y; Art Workshop for Special Needs (Township of Washington, NJ)
  • New Jersey Japanese School (Oakland, NJ)
  • Tenafly Japanese Association Bazzar (Tenafly, NJ)
  • Kids-in-Motion (Bronx, NY)

2006

  • MoMA / PS 1 Arts Center; Summer Family Event (NYC)
  • The New York Botanical Garden; Holiday, Family Picnic (Bronx, NY)
  • New York State Sheep & Wool Festival (Rhinbeck, NY)
  • Nippon Club; Weaving Class (NYC)
  • JCC on the Palisades; Dream Street Camp (Tenafly, NJ)
  • Green Meadow Waldorf School; Craft Festival (Chestnut Ridge, NY)
  • Ridgewood Fall Crafts & Art Street Festival (Ridgewood, NJ)
  • Amsterdam Avenue Festival (Upper West, NYC)
  • Dwight Englewood School; International Day (Englewood, NJ)
  • Trinity Lutheran Church; Spring Craft Fair (Tenafly, NJ)
  • Elisabeth Morrow School; International Day (Englewood, NJ)
  • New Jersey Japanese School (Oakland, NJ)
  • Tenafly Japanese Association Bazzar (Tenafly, NJ)

2005

  • The New York Botanical Garden; Momijigari, Holiday, Family Picnic (Bronx, NY)
  • Bank Street School Fall Fair (Upper West, NYC)
  • Arts and Craft Holiday Show (Englewood, NJ)
  • Tenafly Japanese Association Bazzar (Tenafly, NJ)
  • Bryan School (Cresskill, NJ)
  • Meritt School (Cresskill, NJ)
  • Palisades Center Mall; Japanese Fair (NY)