Went to the Japan Society yesterday for J-cation. It was pretty cool. They had may different Japanese prints. There was a scavenger hunt/quiz that you could do to win a prize. You were given questions based on the print and then had to walk around and find the one they were talking about. I got all the questions so they gave me a book from the show. :)
Sample question from the quiz: Five prints feature images of the OCTOPUS-what is the name of the print with the most octopi? Answer: Octopus Game
Unfortunately I didn’t get to take a Shodo (calligraphy) class. They were all sold out, and I got there fairly early too. That was a little disappointing cause that was one of the main reasons I went. But I did get to sample some green tea, look at the prints, watch two manga artists work (one was penciling frames and the other was shading the images on the computer) which was pretty cool. The one drawing took a break from the book he was working on and did some manga drawings of some kids that were watching. It came out really cute.
There was a screening of “Shiawase no kaori” or “Flavor of Happiness.” It was about this chef who had a stroke and couldn’t cook anymore, so he takes on an apprentice. It was a pretty good movie. It made me super hungry though. They really got into showing how the different foods were made, and the people eating the foods were really enjoying it; my mouth watered throughout the film. The film won “Best Cinematographer” in 2009 at the Yokohama Film Festival.
Looks pretty cool. I’m going to go sit in on one of the calligraphy sessions. Also, you can learn some Japanese, watch a manga artist do his magic, drink some tea and eat some food. :) It’s from 1pm-1am tomorrow, April 10th. Suggested donation: $5
Learn from master calligrapher Masako Inkyo how to use a brush and ink to write tasty words in Japanese. At the end of the 25-minute workshop, you will have a visually pleasing kanji representing edible treats to take home and display. Ms. Inkyo will give a 10-minute demonstration in each class. Registration starts at 12:30 PM.
So who would have thought making your own rug would have been easy? With some carpet squares, duct tape, scissors, and a little bit of imagination you can have your own custom made rug. And, it doesn’t take too much time to make and is way cheaper that buying a rug or having a custom made rug.
You can find carpet squares online or at any carpet place. I used carpet samples, so they were mostly the same size, and the ones that were too big I just cut down to the needed size with some scissors. Before piecing them together, I figured out what size the rug was going to be based on where it was going (under my desk). As far as the squares themselves, I picked random pieces that were different designs but had a similar color palette. You can pick out anything you want. You can get two samples and make a checkerboard pattern. You can get a bunch of different colors and tile them together like I did.
After picking out my samples, I pulled out a starting carpet square(any piece in the pile) and went from there, testing out different squares next to it to see how they looked color-wise, texture-wise, etc. After putting a couple squares down, I kept rearranging till I was happy and then flipped over an end row and started taping them together with duct tape.* Home Depot has carpet tape, which is a 2” sticky tape designed to tape carpet squares together. It’s pretty expensive at $12 a roll. You can buy a roll of duct tape at a 99 cent store for 99 cents (plus tax).
When you pull pieces to tape together, you have to account for looking at the back side of the squares, so if the piece is supposed to be on the right of another piece right side up, you have to tape it to the left side of the piece when it is facing down and vice versa so it ends up looking the same as your original design when you flip it.
Depending on the carpet squares, you may have to be a little careful transporting the rug from where you put it together to where you want to place it. Some of the pieces have funny backings or no backings so the tape doesn’t stick as well. Once the rug is on the floor it is very functional and the tape holds everything together.
*Duct tape is super sticky and if you use tape to cut it may leave a sticky residue on your scissors. If you use some Goo Gone, the sticky stuff comes right off.