KOPI Portable Silkscreening Kit, by Emi Yasaka and Gaïa Orain


Designed by Emi Yasaka and Gaïa Orain, Kopi is a portable silkscreening kit for users who want to artfully express themselves on the go, allowing for individual expression while providing the assets needed to produce a unified visual language. Unlike most silkscreening kits (which are designed for arts and crafts applications), Kopi compacts the product and streamlines the experience so it can be taken anywhere. While the physical product helps people communicate their message quickly and repeatedly in real space, the product is supported by an online community—the Kopi Project—where Kopiests can share and learn the limitless potential of their toolbox.

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Kopi was initially inspired by the cultural impact of the art of protest. The art of protest is located in the aesthetics in the orchestration of a social movement, and also found in the visual culture produced to promote a message and create awareness. Specifically, Kopi looks at that the successful impact of the 2012 Quebec student protest—also known as the Maple Spring. The Maple spring was most notable in Montreal, a city of the arts. The movement developed an aesthetic, a visual language and ultimately a brand with the popularization of the red square and its supporting visual assets. This simple, yet striking branding facilitated the delivery of the message on a large scale. Further, this refined aesthetic reached a broader demographic than those directly implicated in the movement.

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For the novice, silkscreening can be challenging if the user does not have access to the tools or the space required for traditional methods. The Kopi kit contains the following items:

• A slim exposure unit that doubles as a lighting table

• A featherlight silkscreen • A sturdy work surface

• A kit of pigments, letter sets and stencils

• Additional tools and substrates designed to fit perfectly with the system.

Kopi is the resource for people “who want to express themselves, however they want, wherever they want.” As a complete, compact and portable silkscreening system, Kofi offers a clear method for people who want to express themselves quickly...and in multiples.

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