Tuesday, August 20, 2013


Whether you're in the market for a set of giant hamburger scatter cushions or an intricately hand stitched rope vessel, Melbourne based craft dynamo Gemma Patford has you covered!

Since first discovering Gemma via Instagram, I have steadily followed her prolific output of playful, quirky handmade designs & wondered...how DOES she do it?!? When she's not busy weaving her highly coveted rope vessels or food sculptures, Gemma can also be found sharing DIY tutorials on her blog, baking yummy recipes & collaborating with other local artists. SUPER mad-skills!   

I recently secured an incredibly sweet indigo-dipped rope vessel from Gemma, a product of her latest collaboration with local Shibori artist Victoria Pemberton. TOTAL SWOON! 

To view Gemma's current collection of crafty amazingness...looky HERE

Image: Gemma Patford

Thursday, August 15, 2013


In assembling the mass-anthology of our honeymoon ephemera & miscellany, I feel especially nostalgic when I reminisce over the Marfa landscape. 

As with others curious enough to embark on this seemingly obscure pilgrimage, I felt profoundly moved by Marfa's sprawling, outdoor art installations & the progressive mindset of it's pocket-sized community. Along our journey, I had the pleasure of meeting local inspiration - Susannah Lipsey, owner & curator of Shop Freda

Within the cosy confines of Freda, Susannah exhibits a thoughtfully curated mix of objects, crafts & talismans. Be it for novelty or functionality, each item is expertly sourced according to her meticulous eye for quality & innovative design. Freda is unquestionably one of the most inspiring retail spaces, I have EVER frequented! 

And you can now visit too...online. Yay!!!

Images: OTIS & OTTO // A Visual Guide

Sunday, August 11, 2013


Now based in New York, Serbian-born industrial artist & multidisciplinary phenomenon, Ana Kraš continues to enchant us with her auspicious eye & minimalist production techniques. 

Following her move from LA to Manhattan, Ana's feverishly coveted Bon Bon lamp shades continue to morph & expand into new multi-coloured configurations. 

See above. I'm in love. 

Image: Ana Kraš

Tuesday, August 6, 2013


Following the recent success of The Brainery Store's opening lecture with Rohan Anderson, I was suitably hyped to see Melbourne based design collective SIBLING next in line to present...

A network of 8 talented folk trained in architecture, the SIBLING group 'work at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, cultural analysis & graphic communication to produce new & unexpected spatial outcomes...' Focused on delivering innovative, adaptable designs while fostering a socially engaged agenda, SIBLING are set to get ideas flowing at their lecture next Monday 12th August at BOOM Gallery. 

Secure your place in the discussion via The Brainery Store website asap - seats are filling quickly. 

I also have 2 tickets (valued at $18 each) to GIVEAWAY! You can enter to win by leaving a comment on this post or the OTIS & OTTO Instagram 'SIBLING Giveaway' post. 

Note that this lecture will take place at BOOM Gallery Geelong (Victoria) so please consider the location before entering. The winner will be notified via e-mail or Instagram by Saturday 10th August. Good luck! X


Saturday, August 3, 2013


The FIRST Melbourne Kinfolk gathering is happening. Hallelujah! The Honey Harvest series will have guests involved in a hands-on honey harvesting lesson, getting to know the basics of bees & learning how to make deliciously decadent spice-infused honey. 

If that doesn't already sound like the bees knees, guests will be treated to wine & take home honey-laden treats. Ooooh, yes please! 

Partnered by several local talented folk including Cake Wines, Sarah Williams Photography & POP & SCOTT, this delectable Melbourne event takes place on Saturday 10th August (which is only 1 week away!)...so secure your ticket pronto! 

Image: Luisa Brimble

Friday, August 2, 2013


Since 2010, New Yorker Doug Johnston has been busy coiling rope & meticulously weaving shapes into baskets. And although the process of rope weaving has become very popular among the masses, Doug's minimalist style & earthly forms remain effortlessly cool & distinct. I dig.

Peep Doug's current collection here

Image: Michael Popp via Doug Johnston 

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