CatManDew Co-Labs continually seeks to harness the power of diverse local talent, bridging traditional and digital artisan industries through our studio headquarters in Kathmandu, Nepal. With support from our U.S. based nonprofit startup accelerator, and our extensive network of collaborators and partners, we provide fresh perspectives and global career opportunities for each unique member of our team. Each is provided with training, guidance and resources so they may flourish not only communally but as artistic agents of their own in today’s evolving international market. We see our projects as a direct reflection of this process, dispensing with the lines that separate us in favor of collaborative exploration and achievement.
Currently, most of the work available in Kathmandu has been married to the outsourcing industry, one that promotes a culture of invisible craftsmanship and provides no career advancement or cultivation of artists and their voice. The worst part of this new outsourced era is that it has created a generation of artists that find themselves without portfolios of work as they are forced to sign agreements barring them from being credited artists for behemoth media entities in the West. They are seen simply as a cog on a supply chain, given mindless work that renders them easily replaceable. As these artists come from poor, fragile, and often crisis-ridden economies, they fear leaving and become risk-averse due to the job security the outsource centers provide.
We prefer to match artists with interesting and innovative projects that promote creativity and input, profile all artists equally, and ensure that each receives the credit and compensation they deserve. This is a process which inevitably leads to a thriving culture of entrepreneurial digital artists, a professional collective which meets the creative and adaptive demands of an unpredictable future. In addition, we focus on work that contributes to positive social change and promotes women in the digital arts.