‘Ninety percent of it is showing up.’
I host conversations in a range of settings, from fringe events alongside festivals, to popup installations in cafes, to the showing-up and feeling like making something !*, right then and there on the spot. With whomever is around. At that instance. This is part of why, I think, I began to make more of my collage and bricolage events to gather people during or just ahead of jazzy jams, concerts at jazz bars—it’s a natural complement. But so are other spaces, people, and moments. I hosted a set of ‘mini parties’ with invite-only guests lists in Hanoi, Bangkok, Riga, and Phnom Penh. So far. Now, I’m starting something new for 2020. A theater of A-Z.
A new start. A new beginning. A fresh philosophy of this here, and this now.
Some of the workshops I’ve hosted have engaged people in such extraordinary ways that I moved from making sessions for clients at DK, my design studio, into more informal, conversation ‘installations’ in semi-public spaces. After two stints with newspapers (a weekly in southwest Ireland, and then a daily in Seattle) as a staff editor and photographer, I began a freelance style of making things for people in ways that got us all to explore, together. Today I do this lightly, in my salons, workshops, and small ‘miniature theaters.’ The whole thing sort of grew out of what came the years before. For example, like this:
Seattle | Design Kompany LLC 2006-2009
Durham NC | Design Kompany & Kismuth Books 2010-2013
South and Southeast Asia | ‘Year of Enchantment’ 2013
Phnom Penh | Kismuth & The Way & S P A C E 2014-2019
*Secret location* | DipikaKohli.com & S P A C E 2020
Work with DK
Graphic design // Communications // Miniature theaters // Custom workshop design // Small-scale short-run publishing Have a project idea? Reach DK through the form at this page.
Image: detail of a zine from S P A C E. Dipika Kohli, 2012, photographed by OMNI Studiphotos and stylized by DK for S P A C E.