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‘TELL THEM in a relatable way, DK, why this is interesting, and how it will make their life better.’ ‘No.’ ‘You have to. If you want people to connect.’ ‘I don’t know if… spelling it out… is really my thing.’ ‘Well, if you want people to understand, then you have to. You’ve heard this before. […]

Making time for tea and friends

‘SO YOU’VE TRAVELED the world.’ ‘Um.’ ‘You have.’ ‘Um.’ ‘You’ve been everywhere, DK. You lived in… Japan, in Cambodia… where you wrote Breakfast in Cambodia, am I correct?, yes, I thought you had said that, and of course the places where you grew up, too. You have seen and done a lot. Now you have […]

How our zines evolved into art books

‘I THINK YOU should sew them.’ ‘Why? They’re fine.’ ‘No, no. If you sew them, it’ll be more, what’s the word… Substantial.’ ‘Substantial zines?’ ‘Come on. These are more than just zines. You know that. The world of zines is full of stuff that looks like most of the stuff that’s also in the rest […]

A popup zine festival in Finland: ‘Hei Kesä’, celebrating International Zine Day

A summer festival of the zine in Kärsämäki #heikesä *** Saturday, 21 July I N T E R N A T I O N A L  Z I N E  D A Y H e i   K e s ä Making zines. Sharing time. In real life.   P R O G R A M M […]

‘You’re supposed to be a starving artist’

‘… AND THEN WHEN that was done, I came back…’ ‘To start something new.’ ‘I suppose.’ ‘Well, you could do that, here.’ ‘I know! It’s wonderful. I have space and time to write anything. Anything at all. And it feels good, getting better.’ ‘With practice.’ ‘Yes. Also, without the pressure of having to produce something […]

S P A C E || Computing

‘THEY JUST…’ ‘Yeah, well.’ ‘Well, you know I can’t really judge. I’ve been doing the same thing all day.’ ‘Computing?’ ‘Yeah.’ ‘I mean, if it was ten years ago, and MA and I were hanging out having our meetups on Tuesdays like we used to, all those many lovely weeks, I think… we would have […]

S P A C E || Fresh starts

THIS IS THE BEGINNING. Again. Of a new chapter. In which __ might happen. Or not. Other things that you don’t expect to happen might fall into place of __. Which means, that when we start designing these new beginnings, that we have to be open to the possibility of something New informing a kind […]

Hoity toity jargon-happy boringness, academics and obfuscation

‘IT WOULD BE UNINTERESTING, is why.’ ‘What? You always kind of start from left field, I feel, with no grounding, scene setting, stage, or the like.’ ‘That’s… just clutter.’ ‘No. It’s context.’ ‘Oh.’ ‘Not many people would be this patient, you know. Writing has to grab you, hook you in..’ ‘You sound like a coach! […]

‘He likes duck’

‘’YOU SHOULD GO.’ ’I should! But I don’t like to do things just because of shoulda. You know that.’ ’I do. But I also know you like short films.’ ’I do! I remember getting on a train from Chiba just to go into the city to watch the Tokyo International Film Festival. The short films, […]

S P A C E || Technical issue

‘OH.’ ‘Yeah.’ ‘So, like, what was on it.’ ‘Files.’ ‘My files, huh. All of my files. Oh, man. The templates. For the zines. And the posters. For the zines… Oooh.’ ‘Yeah…’ ‘Did you make a backup?’ *sheepishly* ‘Of my profile. Yeah.’ ‘Oh.’ ‘Um.’ ‘I know I should have made some backups. But wow. All of […]

S P A C E || Loaded

‘DON’T EXPECT ANYTHING. When you come back! It’s not like people are going to come flocking around just to see you!’ ‘I know.’ ‘It’s not like they care!’ ‘I, um. I know.’ ‘I don’t want you to get it in your head that someone or something is going to come into shape according to your […]

Timezones and persimmons

FRUITS. HOURS. It goes together, thinking about it. Sometimes, when certain hours go by, fruits come out of it. Yield. Is that what it is called? ‘Yield?’ Maybe it’s just fruit. Right? Let’s let it be. Fruit is coming, now. It took a while, to get things going, with The Mirror. I think that you […]

A designers’ guide to 25 of Singapore’s day-work cafes, art stores, and ‘third places’

    AFTER MUCH SEARCHING ONLINE, and even more not-finding, I have given myself a writing commission. Go to Singapore. Walk around. Look at stuff. See who’s doing something interesting. Discover them, drifting towards whomever or wherever intrigues, without too much noise, or fanfare. Talk to people. And see where the cool stuff is going […]

‘You need a net, though’

‘YOU MEAN THE GUY WHO CAME OVER, and slept on the bed, in the extra room?’ ‘Yeah.’ ‘That room, really? The one with all the mosquitoes? And NO NET?’ ‘Yeah, yeah. When we used to live there.’ ‘I can’t believe… That room had no net, dude.’ ‘I know. But it was him. I had to […]