What's an 'atelier?'

Design Kompany is hosting popup zinemaking ateliers. Before fancy academic schools for art and design came along, there were ateliers. An atelier is 'a workshop or studio used by an artist or designer.' These are places where you can meet new and different *others* to connection remarkable ways. Here are pictures of what we've hosted, so far.

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Origin Ha Noi

31 May @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT

$20 - $35

ORIGIN: ‘What is fromness?’ is inspired by ‘Ask me where I’m local’ by Taiye Selasi: ‘When someone asks you where you’re from … do you sometimes not know how to answer?’ (Watch the talk here.) Selasi speaks for “multi-local” people. In other words, people who feel at home in the town where they grew up, the city they live now and maybe another place or two. How can I come from a country?, she asks. How can a human being come from a concept?’

Origin: What is ‘fromness?’

Join Design Kompany in an informal setting for a conversation salon, ‘Origin.’ We’ll be talking about questions that help us all reflect on self-identity, whereness, and the notion of ‘where I am from.’

We’re making invitations to people fro a wide mix of backgrounds, and planning to host you in a small scale and intimate conversation space. Discover people whose paths you might not have crossed. Who are interested in taking a good, honest look at questions like: Who am I? Where am I ‘from?’ Who is my family? Where is my home? These are questions that, we learned at Origin in Phnom Penh’s salon, truly open the heart. And help us learn more about one another, as well as ourselves. Come with an open mind, ready for a great conversation. You just never know what’s going to happen, whom you’ll meet, or what you’ll learn. Maximum 8. Advance bookings only. Details of location will be shared by email.

To get the info, kindly
a) register here or
b) contact us through the form on this page.

Many thanks, and looking forward.


31 May
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$20 - $35
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Chiang Mai zinemaking atelier, 2014

ATELIERS, APPRENTICESHIPS & ARTMAKING. Encouraging hands-on learning by doing, the hosts attended to the inner strengths of each participant. Apprentices came. Artworks were made and sold. We imagine artmaking was less commodity-focused (watch the film Posthumous, for a great comment on this) and more about the experience. And for those seeking training, it wasn't about, one might guess, the expensive tuition fees that come with ho-hum professors (jaded people who've forgotten the meaning of their occupation—here I recommend Art School Confidential). Perhaps it was about the magic, if I let myself be uncool and optimistic, of Art. What it can do. How it connects us, across time, and distance. Let’s *make* something. Let’s play? See what we've been hosting with others, so far >