Monday, March 29, 2010

"Sushi" Series Part I

In preparing for the art opening at DISTRICT, I decided to do a sushi series. I completed three works and though I'd love to post the pictures here, I will have to wait until after the event! I would like to have some new works that have not been seen yet. Perhaps this will entice people to come and see them.

The names of the artworks for the first "Sushi" Series are:

いらっしゃいませ (irasshaimase) which is a Japanese greeting which, loosely translated means, "Come in. I'm ready to serve you."

板前 (itamae) which means chef of Japanese cooking, in charge of a kitchen in a large restaurant. The literal translation means "in front of the board", referring to the cutting board.

まきすじ おねがいします(maki sushi onegaishimasu) maki sushi refers to sushi served rolled inside or around dried and pressed layer sheets of seaweed (nori). Maki sushi is usually cut into 6-8 pieces. Onegaishimasu is the polite way of saying please when making a request for items/service.

I will definitely post the pictures here later on! I'm quite happy with how they turned out!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

sushi dilemma

This time inspiration came at the early hours of the morning and by 5:07am the idea had become reality.

With the DISTRICT event coming up, I thought it might be nice to create a few new pieces focusing on a sushi restaurant. While on break, I thought about how I could possibly create sushi that I could use in the origami pieces. After work, I hopped over to good ol' Dollarama (where some things are actually more than a dollar) to peruse.

Besides my choice of black crepe paper for the sushi's nori (seaweed), I wasn't really sure how I would re-create the sushi rice and possible filling.

The list of possibilities for sushi rice were:
*white hand towel/kitchen cloth - the texture could slightly resemble rice
*white, mechanical pencil erasers
*sticky velcro circles, which apparently are known as "adhesive hook and loop dots"
*wrapping tissue paper
*construction paper
*white, double-sided tape

I tried the pencil erasers first by cutting them in the shape of sushi and then wrapping them in black crepe paper. It didn't look too bad, but the eraser seemed too big, the nori too thin and no rice-like texture.

-sticky velcro circles-
Because they were too big, I cut them smaller. It was too hard to properly wrap the nori around it.

-eraser+sticky velcro-
I cut an eraser, cut the velcro circle to fit on top and wrapped it with crepe paper. This one looked like it had some potential, though because of the fuzziness of the velcro part, it looked a bit off.

-double-sided tape-
The double-sided tape that I found was a circular coil. For my first attempt, I covered each sticky side with the crepe paper. For the second, I used one sticky side and attached the crepe paper and trimmed the access nori off. The sushi looked great even though there was no filling. The double-sided tape is thicker than I thought, so adding filling will only make it too wide. I just want it to resemble sushi, so I'm not worried about spending time on filling it. I also found it a bit tall considering the size of the kimono people, so I cut it width-wise to make it shorter. It's quite easy to roll and make it because of the double-sided stickiness.

I ended up using both parts of the velcro circle and covered the bottom with crepe paper to make the food tray. I suppose I should cover the velcro circumference, but it seems like it might be even more time consuming. Perhaps it is laziness or the fact that I haven't slept yet, because I was obsessed with finishing one piece. We'll see what happens come April 28th.

I now have one origami piece with a waitress holding a tray of sushi and one hostess carrying a menu and greeting.

good night...or rather good morning

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

UPDATE: Workshop & "Art Unveiling"

Today I have confirmed two events...

made by a SAM-urai "art unveiling"
DISTRICT - Modern Japanese Bistro (806 Queen St. E)
Wednesday, April 28th / 7:00pm

Various One-of-a-Kind Framed Origami Art will be available for purchase. Please come, take a look and enjoy the amazing food at DISTRICT! Prices are reasonable and the menu is refreshing.

Crane Mobile Workshop
The Paper Place (887 Queen St. W) 416-703-0089
Wednesday, July 9th / 6:30-8:30pm / $50

Enjoy the summer breeze with an origami mobile. Learn how to make traditional origami cranes, then make a mobile with them. Register in person at the store or by phone with a credit card.

A Short History of SAM-urai ^__^

My fascination with Japanese culture, nurtured my love for origami. I have folded over 2,000 cranes for different causes and occasionally teach origami classes to spread the love of paper art.

*One-of-a-Kind Framed Origami*
My one-of-a-kind origami art works are displayed in 17cm x 17cm x 4cm shadow boxes. Every piece is different and unique. Although some of the patterns are the same, the pose and hair may be different. Hair styles, accessories and additions to the origami kimono people have also been cut by hand. Paper used in some of the works, has come straight from Japan and cannot be replaced! The framed origami can be used for home decor and restaurants. Custom design work is welcomed.

My sister Chris and I have started dabbling in the wedding industry (thanks to our friend Sharon)by making kusudama. These flower balls are quite tedious and to make one by myself takes 3 hours. Working together with my sister, it takes 1h 30mins to make one. Each kusudama consists of five petals to make one flower and 12 flowers to make one kusudama - 60 petals altogether. You really have to love origami to make something like this ^__^

NEW! *Origami Mobiles*
I have recently started constructing origami mobiles. While I have begun using paper cranes, I probably will try other origami figures as well. I will be teaching a workshop on how to make them at The Paper Place (887 Queen St. West) soon.

ORIGAMI WORKSHOPS/PROGRAMS - Chris and I do workshops at various Toronto Public Library locations.

*Pop-Up Cards*
I started making handcrafted cards last year for friends and due to it's popularity decided to try selling them as well. Each of the pop-up cards has been hand carved with a precision knife.

*Origami Cards*
I have incorporated origami into some of my cards, including the holiday ones. Origami figures have included: fish, cranes and mice.

*Decorated Cards*
I decorate cards for various occasions, especially holiday greeting cards. Cards can be customized for an additional cost. Cards are decorated with confetti, textured paper, markers and other material.