We had the good fortune of connecting with Dodie Sy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dodie, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I remember having a conversation with myself before I finally decided to start my own event design business. I was about to turn 39 years old, felt stuck in my current event design job back then. I felt the strong need to be independent, something to call my own, to voice my own design perspective. Call my own shots. All the handwork should benefit me and not another business. I envisioned a business that is focused on the artistic and creative ways to design once in a lifetime events and moments in peoples lives. To design an immersive experience through properly executed design concepts and space plans. Through the beauty of seasonal flowers and textures. Through the delicate balance of lighting etc.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m an Event Designer, Floral Designer, Painter, Sculptor, and Potter. I always thought that each individual craft is separate from one another and has nothing in common with each other. Lately I’m realizing that all of the above is in a beautiful relationship with one another. The beautiful seasonal colors of Flowers can be translated into painting. The subtle nuance of silhouette from a hand-built vessel is influenced by design and the silhouette of flowers. The way paint is expressed onto a blank canvas is powered by emotion and emotions can be triggered by the beauty of flowers. So as you see, each discipline influences one another.
I think about that phrase “When you think you know everything, you will never learn anything.” I always stay curious and try to learn about new techniques, new products, new point of view in all aspect of my practice. To not be afraid of failing because it’s through ones failures is when something brilliant is learned.
As an artist, I pour my heart and soul into everything that I do. When clients or peers do not receive my work in a positive way I get offended very easy. But I’m learning to take the negative feeling I get into positive and learn how to make it better.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m not really a planner of activities and my friends know this about me. But I do like to visit very often LACMA in LA, MoMA in SF. Fine dining
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shoutout to all my friends in the Events Industry . As well as a small group of Artists and Ceramicists . I’m grateful for all of their support and encouragement. Most important shoutout is for my Mom and Dad. I get all my business knowledge and pretty much model my work ethic from them.
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