Affirmations

WHAT A FUN DAY. I didn't know that we would get together with the small group that we did for our event, but wow. We did. People had warned me: 'Don't expect too much; it's a small town.' I never expect anything, these days. I mean, with the conversation salons…

Email me, maybe

'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…

Why marketers are liars

A LONG TIME AGO, I used to blog here every single day. This was at a time when Wordpress was just coming out, facebook wasn't a thing yet, and no one had an inkling of what instagram would do to us. Twitter was there, but it was still just for…

21 July | A festival of the zine in Kärsämäki

ARE YOU IN FINLAND? Great. Join Design Kompany and new friends in Kärsämäki for a once-off event, a Festival of The Zine. Celebrating International Zine Day, this will take place in various venues on Saturday, 21 July. What are zines? Zines are independently published periodicals. They are not fancy, nor are they mainstream. Rather,…

Zining in Finland II

CONTINUING. To make. Zines, mostly, in June. July looks different. July has a different feeling to it. The flowers are changing. The fragrances, too. I feel like I'm a teenager again: staying up really late, talking to people about everything, joking, cutting up paper and sending little notes out into…

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 Slow Moment begins

THE CELEBRATIONS CONTINUE. Midsummer happened. The all-night party (in which the sun doesn't set, which makes it easier) continued on into the next day, spilling into the following week. A small going-away last night for those shuffling out (June ends) and a small, curious anticipation today. That's because a handful…

S P A C E || La femme dans l’ombre

THE WRITING AND THE COLLAGING are going well. Lately, especially. Sometimes it takes getting into a stride. Sometimes, though, it takes meeting the right person. Or set of persons, as was the case for me. Midsummer party, for example. Yesterday. Still processing. More to be shared, probably in private inner…

‘And has time enough’

THE ODDEST thing about being still for a long moment, especially when the sun doesn't set, and that moment feels like one day, is that you finally notice what's right in front of you. A river. A tree. And the big sky. This is the feeling of being where I…

Zining in Finland

THIS MONTH I AM IN FINLAND. I'm in a small part of the middle of it, close-ish to Oulu, and about six hours north of Helsinki. It's called Kärsämäki. Will be sharing this photozine later on this summer. The reason I'm here is to make it.   Making a zine…

1 October | ‘Julia set’

[caption id="attachment_15211" align="alignright" width="595"] Pre-order here >[/caption] A MATHEMATICS PROFESSOR in Helsinki and DK got into a conversation about four dimensional space. That's the basis of the short zine, S P A C E || Helsinki. In which myriad moments of surprise and discovery pop up out of the sheer…

Make a zine with us in Kuala Lumpur

A LOT of learning on our last trip to Malaysia! Three months of getting to know the place and people, a little, in Penang, Cameron, Melaka, KL, and Ipoh, pretty neat. We discovered a lot of smart, creative women and young people, especially, who are ready, we think, for a…
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