Posts Tagged ‘mt’


Oct07

TOMODACHI x Envision Fashion Show

2015 at 01:36 pm by admin | Comments Off

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We were happy to partner with Public Functionary, Ignite Models and V2 to co-sponsor Envision, the largest, longest running fashion show in Minnesota. Held at beautiful Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis, this glamorous event brought out the most stylish of people, from designers, artists, creatives to fashion fans and buyers. TOMODACHI partnered with our friends at Public Functionary on the VIP Room experience, which included collaborating on a vibrant mt tape photo booth installation. Photographer Alex Butterfield shot guests against the colorful washi backdrop while illustrator Allegra Lockstadt created digital illustrations over the images live on a projector for all to see.

Also in the VIP room, TOMODACHI hosted a table with an mt tape art activity and display, helmed by charming staffer Niki, who chatted with guests and sold plenty of mt tape to the fashionable masses.

On top of that, TOMODACHI donated 300 gift bags for the VIP runway guests, which we embellished at the last minute with fun washi tape designs with the help of our friends at PF.

Thanks to Public Functionary, Ignite Models and V2 for inviting us to participate! Special thanks also goes out to Kate Iverson for all of her enthusiasm for mt and washi tape!

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Photos: Niki Tombaga and Kate Iverson

Learn more about envision www.envisionmpls.com

Oct07

Public Functionary x TOMODACHI “Wash-i Room” Collab

2015 at 01:27 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Contemporary art space Public Functionary partnered with TOMODACHI to create a vibrantly colorful installation in…where else? The gallery bathroom. Dubbed the “Wash-i Room” (get it, wash room/washi tape?), installation artist Meepo created a dimensional, abstract design using Japanese brand mt tape that covered each wall and included designed panels inserted into a grid of mirrors. Even the soap dispenser got the washi treatment! Stop by the gallery this fall to catch an art exhibit and snap a selfie in the wash-i room (you could even win a PF t-shirt!).

Follow Public Functionary on Facebook to keep up with events, exhibits and gallery hours. http://www.facebook.com/pfunctionary

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Oct07

TOMODACHI x mt tape Art Exhibit: Retrospective

2015 at 01:21 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Through the month of September, we had an amazing time hosting 19 local artists working in the medium of Japanese washi brand, mt tape. Each piece was more unique than the last, with artists creating everything from entire dresses made out of washi tape to design-based works, portraits, multi-dimensional pieces, installation art and more. Artists like Jennifer Davis and Michael Cina stayed true to their aesthetics, using mt tape to accent and embellish their beautiful, recognizable compositions, while artists such as Joshua Nelson and Lex Thompson chose to go more large scale, bringing a Minnesota wildlife themes into the equation for a fun front window display. We’re sad to see the work go, but happy to have collaborated with such talented artists — and hopefully helped them discover a new art medium in mt tape!

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Thank you to all the artists involved: Lex Thompson, James Rojas, Michael Cina, Bryant Locher, Samantha Rei Crossland, Christopher Straub, Jennifer Davis, Ashley Hay, Leekyung Kang, Jamie Owens, Rudy Fig, Christina Da Cruz, Caitlin Karolczak, Joshua Nelson, Emiel Gregor, Kao Lee Thao, Andi Hillestad, Chris Matta.

Thanks to Public Functionary, Professor Frenchy @ MCAD, along with our sponsors at Coca-Cola, SkullCandy, Masu Sushi and Robata, Fire Lake Grill House & Cocktail Bar @MOA, Shanghai Bistro, Wasabi Fusion, Freshens @MoA, Urban Decay Cosmetics, Sweetbella, and In-signity!

Special thanks to Kamoi Kakoshi / mt masking tape!

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Credit
Poster: Robert Johnston
Music: DJ Sally
Photos: Kate Iverson, Lex Thompson
Installation and set up: Mike Bishop

This show was co-curated by Public Functionary and Denny Park

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Sep22

Live art experience at Envision Fall 2015

2015 at 03:01 pm by admin | Comments Off

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TOMODACHI is excited to partner with the Envision Fall 2015 fashion show and our friends at Public Functionary and Fulton Beer to help create the event’s VIP experience on Saturday, September 26th at Orchestra Hall. We collaborated on a vibrant backdrop for the VIP room’s photo booth, which is designed completely with Japanese washi brand, mt tape!

More than just a pretty background, the photo booth is a unique live art collaboration. Guests are invited to pose for fashion photographer Alex Butterfield in front the washi installation; Alex then hands images off to award-winning illustrator, Allegra Lockstad, who will further embellish them using a digital Wacom tablet, projected LIVE. The photos will be posted on Facebook after the event — watch for them to be shared by TOMODACHI!

The Envision Fall fashion show is the Twin Cities preeminent fashion showcase, and the longest running fashion event in Minnesota. Held in the stunning venue of Orchestra Hall, Envision features a runway show of looks from both emerging and established local designers and boutiques.

The VIP Room, curated by Public Functionary, and sponsored by Fulton and TOMODACHI, will also feature music from Eric Mayson and special guests as well as a bar, food and a pop-up shop from Hotrocity and a mt tape table hosted by TOMODACHI!

Runway Line Up:

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Caroline Hayden
Jenny Carle
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Cory Allen
Form Over Function
Joeleen Torvick
Kjurek
Russell Bourrienne
Sarah Furnae
Tessa Louise
Yevette Willaert

Accessories:

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Goorin Bros.
Larissa Loden
Mona Williams
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See Eyewear
Stephanie Lake

For more info and to purchase tickets, visit www.envisionmpls.com

Sep04

Back-to-School Special: Buy 2 Get 1 Free on mt tape!

2015 at 02:11 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Now that summer is winding down and it’s time to head back to school, TOMODACHI is offering a special deal on our colorful selection of designer washi tape! Through the end of September, customers who purchase two rolls of mt tape will get one for free! Stock up on tons of cool colors and patterns to use for creatively decorating dorm rooms, embellishing interiors and making beautiful, eye-catching arts and crafts. This offer is only available while supplies last and will conclude at the end of September, so don’t miss out!

What is mt tape? mt is a brand of washi rice paper masking tape produced by Japanese company Kamoi Kakoshi. This no-damage adhesive is designed to be easily applied, aligned and repositioned, making it a perfect tool for use in crafts, interior decoration, contemporary art installation and design. Available in a huge variety of colors, patterns, styles, and sizes, mt has become a part of daily life for customers and artists across the world, adding a little bit of color everywhere!

Sep03

TOMODACHI x MT Event Recap

2015 at 11:41 am by admin | Comments Off

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TOMODACHI’s collaborative art event with Japanese washi brand, mt tape, opened its doors this past Saturday and we couldn’t have been happier with the outcome! We had an amazing turnout at this unique exhibition and family event, with artists giving their all to show the world just what mt tape can do with a little bit of creativity!

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TOMODACHI’s gallery debuted some amazing art and design work from 18 featured artists, who each took their own spin on using mt tape as a medium. From framed wall pieces to decorated paper mache animals, large-scale wall installations and even a miniature mt tape city, each artistic interpretation was unexpected, colorful and unique. Emerging and established artists alike took part in the exhibit, including internationally-renowned artist and graphic designer Michael Cina, pop surrealist darling Rudy Fig, whimsical painter Jennifer Davis, installation artist Leekyung Kang and many more.

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During the event, Los Angeles-based artist and architect, James Rojas, led a hands-on art activity which taught attendees about urban planning through the construction of an evolving tape-covered mini city. Throughout the day, TOMODACHI gave away complimentary mt tape and dozens of raffle prizes that included collectibles, gift cards and merchandise from our sponsors. DJ SALLY provided the musical soundtrack for the day, playing a fun mix of J-Pop, K-Pop and everything in between.

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We would like to thank everyone who made this event possible, including our friends at mt tape, all of our participating artists, sponsors, and most importantly our friends and customers who have supported us from the beginning. The show debut was a huge success, but if you weren’t able to make it to the opening, the work will remain on view through Wednesday, September 30th. Stop by TOMODACHI at the Mall of America to check out this exhibit of awesome mt-based artwork before its gone!

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Aug06

TOMODACHI x mt tape Art Exhibit & Launch Party

2015 at 01:05 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Please join TOMODACHI at our Mall of America location for a special art exhibit and launch party featuring artwork created with Japanese washi tape brand, mt masking tape, co-presented with Minneapolis contemporary art space Public Functionary. Come down, celebrate with us and see some amazing artwork!

The TOMODACHI x mt tape exhibit will focus primarily on the use of the Japanese washi tape brand as a contemporary art medium. 18 artists were challenged to create an original piece that reflects their personal style, with a fun, pop art twist. From incorporating the tape into paintings, drawings or prints, to crafting wearable fashion pieces and facilitating in-store installations, the artists have been given free creative reign to produce vibrant, colorful works using this unconventional, dynamic material.

During the event, attendees will enjoy an interactive art activity with Los Angeles-based exhibiting artist, urban planner and Place It! innovator James Rojas, who specializes in educating people about the role that urban planning and design play in shaping how we live. Rojas will invite participants to decorate small cubes with mt tape that can either be incorporated into a mini-city installation or taken home as a souvenir. Learn more about James at www.placeit.org.

The event will also feature complimentary snacks and soft drinks sponsored by Coca Cola and TOMODACHI, in-store specials, hourly raffles and the delightful musical stylings of DJ SALLY spinning J-Pop, K-Pop and everything in between.

Participating Artists Include:

Lex Thompson
James Rojas
Michael Cina
Bryant Locher
Mike Davis
Samantha Rei Crossland
Christopher Straub
Jennifer Davis
Leekyung Kang
Ashley Hay
Jamie Owens
Rudy Fig
Christina Da Cruz
Caitlin Karolczak
Joshua Nelson
Emiel Gregor
Kao Lee Thao
Andi Hillestad
Chris Matta

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James Rojas

Michael Cina

Bryant Locher

Mike Davis

Samantha Rei Crossland

Christopher Straub

Jennifer Davis

Leekyung Kang

Ashley Hay

Jamie Owens

Rudy Fig

Christina Da Cruz

Caitlin Karolczak

Joshua Nelson

Emiel Gregor

Kao Lee Thao

Andi Hillestad

Chris Matta

About mt masking tape

mt is a brand of washi rice paper masking tape produced by Japanese company Kamoi Kakoshi. It comes in a huge variety of colors, patterns, and styles, and is designed to be easily aligned and repositioned for use in crafts, interior decoration, art installation and design. Consumers and artists worldwide use the tape for a wide variety of purposes, ranging from personal projects to large-scale international art exhibitions. mt has collaborated with many designers, companies and museums throughout the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Anthropologie in New York City, the Maison & Objet in Paris, the Ambiente in Germany, Ikea Japan, Uniqlo Paris, Issey Miyake boutique and more. mt tape is currently carried in Minnesota by TOMODACHI and the Walker Shop at Walker Art Center.

This exhibit is presented by TOMODACHI & Public Functionary with additional support from mt tape & Coca Cola.

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Jul15

CALL FOR ARTISTS: TOMODACHI x MT

2015 at 10:18 am by admin | Comments Off

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Greetings from TOMODACHI! We would like to invite you to participate in our call for artists for the upcoming TOMODACHI X mt art exhibit, happening August 29th at our Mall of America location.

What is mt, you ask? mt is a brand of washi rice paper masking tape produced by Japanese company Kamoi Kakoshi. mt tape comes in a huge variety of colors, patterns, and styles, and is designed to be easily aligned and repositioned for use in crafts, interior decoration, art installation and design. Consumers and artists worldwide use the tape for a wide variety of purposes, ranging from arts and crafts projects to large-scale international art exhibitions.

TOMODACHI has hosted a variety of art events and workshops over the years, and this time we’ve collaborated with mt to host an exhibit and mt launch party this coming August. This event will focus primarily on mt’s decorative tape and its use in creating art. mt has collaborated with many designers, companies and museum throughout the world, such as MoMA in New York City, the Maison & Objet in Paris, the Ambiente in Germany, Ikea Japan, Uniqlo Paris, Issey Miyake boutique and more.

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This event will be held at our Mall of America store on August 29th, and will feature creations from a select number of talented artists and designers. The theme for the show is focused on the use of mt tape in art, so accepted artists will use mt tape (provided by TOMODACHI) to design something cool in the form of 2D pieces, 3D objects, fashion or even by covering a vehicle like a moped or bicycle — we want to hear your ideas!

SUBMISSIONS
To apply, send us an e-mail with a link to your online portfolio or photo album with work samples AND pitch us an idea of what you’d like to make. Tape will be provided compliments of TOMODACHI and each accepted artist will receive a special gift bag from the shop as a thank you for participation.

Submission Deadline: July 31st / 5pm

To apply e-mail: kate@publicfunctionary.org

Jul03

MT workshops at TOMODACHI

2015 at 12:52 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Starting this June, TOMODACHI has been holding weekend workshops in collaboration with our friends at MT Tape! MT tape is a unique brand of washi rice paper masking tape that can be used to decorate and design anything you can imagine, and TOMODACHI is helping fans and visitors explore the possibilities of MT Tape with our free weekend workshops!

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Available at both our Mall of America and Rosedale locations every Saturday, creative minds will be given a free milk carton cutout as well as same of a variety of MT Tape colors to play with and enjoy. Our first workshop this past weekend was a huge success, with visitors creating tons of fun and cool designs with MT Tape! These workshops will be available every Saturday until August 22nd, so make sure to stop by and check out MT Tape with us!

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Jun16

mt x TOMODACHI

2015 at 04:18 pm by admin | Comments Off

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This summer, TOMODACHI is bringing design to the Twin Cities in a big way, thanks to mt tape! TOMODACHI has collaborated with mt in order to bring a number of events, workshops, and competitions to our Mall of America store as well as Rosedale store this summer, and we’re excited to share them with all of you!

What is mt tape? mt is a brand of washi rice paper masking tape produced by Japanese company Kamoi Kakoshi, whom have been designing specialty paper adhesives since 1923. mt tape comes in a huge variety of colors, patterns, and styles, and is designed to be easily aligned and repositioned for use in crafts, interior decoration, and graphic design. Consumers and artists worldwide use the tape for a wide variety of purposes, ranging from arts and crafts projects to large-scale art exhibitions! Now, TOMODACHI is proud to be presenting mt tape this summer through a number of workshops and competitions!

Throughout the summer months, TOMODACHI will be hosting workshops every Satuday from June 27th to August 22nd, and will be demonstrating and teaching visitors how to experience and work with mt tape firsthand! This is FREE workshop and samples will be available at the event, so anyone can come participate!

Along with these free workshops, customers may opt to join our mt tape competition, in which TOMODACHI will hand out gift card prizes to our favorite entries! In order to participate in the competition, customers must purchase a special $5 template from either our MoA or Rosedale location, which can be customized, cut, and folded. Customers who purchase the template will also receive 25% off of mt tape for the entry! Entries must be submitted by August 22nd to qualify, and can be entered at either of our locations. The grand prize will be a $300 TOMODACHI gift card, while second and third place will receive a $100 card and $50 card respectively.

TOMODACHI will also be hosting an art event on August 29th, in which we will be presenting a number of mt-tape inspired art pieces. The pieces at the exhibition will be specially created by artists around the Twin Cities, and will truly show off the possibilities behind mt tape as an art form as well as decoration. The winners of our workshop contest will also be shown off at the event. We will be announcing more details and festivities at the event as we draw closer to the August date, so stay tuned for more info, and make sure to check out our weekly workshops!