Kristin Dickson-Okuda

Kristin Dickson-Okuda is the designer of Rowena Sartin and also hosts a multi-faceted space called IKO IKO in Los Angeles.
website / instagram

01    Object (new): a new object that held significance

The album "CZ-5000 Sounds & Sequences" by Satoshi & Makoto, Japanese twins from Kawasaki. The album is made entirely with the Casio CZ-5000 synth. What a sound journey! It feels especially motivational and full of possibility, like the necessary soundtrack to activate new ideas. When I finish a series of pieces, I need a call to action and this music has had a transformational effect.

02    Object (old): an old object that took on new/different kind of meaning

One of many of my grandmother’s address books, found when my mom was cleaning out a dresser. She would use them for addresses but also as receivers of thoughts. There are poems she had copied down, quotes, doodles, and observations about my mom. It was revealing to see these clues about her personal experience through something like an address book. I realized how many objects I keep in my work and home space that encourage memories to stay present.

03    Utility: describe an occasion when you felt useful.

Figuring out that we could use a Vitamix tamper as a ninja sword. Imaginative play with a three year old reveals how realistic and uptight I can be. I'm trying to remember to allow for a bigger imagination in small moments.

04    Story: What’s the best story you heard?

If we’re talking “reading stories, then of late it’s “The Missing Piece Meets the Big O” by Shel Silverstein.
Or a tale from my husband Shin’s early days as a newcomer to the U.S. He decided to epoxy old jeans onto his ’86 Toyota Celica during his lunch hour every day...just driving around L.A. with jeans pasted to his car. Then, when he finally decided to sell the car (for $500), the jeans were included. I like this reminder of his odyssey.

05    Nature: An encounter with the natural world

While leaving for school one morning, a coyote came down the slope in front, looked at us, snatched an unaware gopher from a hole, and ran off to feast. Urban survival strategies.

06    Minor secrets: Describe something you did in secret.

I listened to all of Dr. Brené Brown’s talks on human connection. Vulnerability, empathy, shame, love, belonging. I’ve become a casual self-help seeker.

07    Proportion: A specific moment that reminded you of the scale of the universe; that you are part of a greater whole

During a visit with my mom, we were sitting together at the end of the day and she asked me if I was happy and I thought that was such a complicated question. Like...is it all or nothing? I knew it was a maternal reading, like seeing both frustration and love mingling together amid goals and gratitude and acceptance. I thought her just asking the question was impactful.

08    Culture: what is front of mind for you right now?

- "House of Mirth" by Edith Wharton. A random pull from the library, and so satisfying
- DIY coconut water popsicles
- Dipping raw veggies in the fiery Green Tahini Sauce from Bon Appetit's August issue
- Seiichi Furuya, WHY DRESDEN. His work shows such a specific kind of family intimacy coupled with the environment of GDR through the lens of the foreigner.
- Cookbook DPA. A document of food relationships, food combinations, and the ballet of a home space. A beautiful poem with some recipes by Athena Kokoronis of Domestic Performance Agency
- Wishful thinking on spaces: Kazuo Shinohara's work in The Japan Architect 93, Spring 2014 issue has complete works from publications and features some beautiful detail shots.
- Vico Magistretti by Vanni Pasca ... considering how he relates the difference between sketching and design.
- Happy End's Kazemachi Roman ... it's capturing this summer
- Fresh Air with Terry Gross at lunchtime

 

< back to the lists

 CZ-5000 Sounds and Sequences

CZ-5000 Sounds and Sequences

 Grandmother's address book

Grandmother's address book

 An encounter with nature

An encounter with nature

 Umbrella House, Tokyo 1961, Kazuo Shinohara

Umbrella House, Tokyo 1961, Kazuo Shinohara

 Vico Magistretti

Vico Magistretti