Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Ochaya got a Facebook fan page!

We will be posting updates about the room, what we're serving, etc.
Feel free to give us a "like"!

Thank you so much for the continued support~

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Adventures in Sketchup Land

(Designs for the Ochaya Tea Room, CONvergence 2012.)
Basic flat layouts of where the room objects would be going. Wasn't going specifically for the correct size of everything, some things are up in the air, so I figured I'd play it safe and could downsize which would be faster than scaling up.

Added basic shapes in and blocked shapes. The original screen, go table and long table can be seen on the top, I did those after the basic layout was done. Wasn't really planning on putting them in. Sometime later I added said pieces, and got some plants from the online warehouse. Also those lanterns, the red is a little atrocious. But the example is needed.

This is what I have done so far. Added in more textures and items to fill out the room. The smaller screens were redone. We need to get reno information before I can work on the layout anymore though.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Photo Update

I have finally located my card reader for my smaller camera. After...several months. These were on there, along with quite a few other things. Like from the Ke$ha concert. Yep. Also my Chicago trip last year which included about a hundred pictures from the Planetarium.

At some point I must have been putting things that matched with books. I really like those red earrings, I should make another pair. I only have a single earring for myself, which is maybe a little strange. It's the long star earring. The one on the right is the little cartouche-style set that I started a while ago, which I love, but they're really time consuming. I want to find a better hanging mechanism and I'll probably try and sell them with cords.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Reopan process

Images of the reopan print. 
"Reopan" comes from the Old English "to reap", it's for a print exchange at the MCAD continuing studies Open Edition printmaking class, in which our theme was "ripe".
The perforated words were done by laserjet printing the text, cutting it out of a larger sheet, taping it to the print and doing the perforation with an etching needle on cardboard (shown here by this lovely Crayola Glow Dome box). The tape and paper were removed and the text was repunched to get the proper depth. 7x7", relief print. 
Yes, I do love that green serifed one. A lot. Maybe I'll make more like that. The really bright green makes me happy. Even though that's not "wheaty" at all really.

Progress on Ume Abroad

Been working on Ume Abroad, this bigger panel is costing me though, because I refuse to utilize my tiny awkward flickery light box, and choose to use this window. It's fine, until it gets dark out.

Going to finish inking it today though, then the panels get "normal" sized again for a while and I don't have to do larger things. A plus of this whole thing is that I'm pretty awful at doing the perspective on these types of buildings, so it's good for me.

Here's a progress update on the inking. It's slow going. I took a break with working on finishing the reopan print.