In our hometown we are lucky to be surrounded by many creative folk who are doing their thing and globally inspiring others. Amongst our collective of creative friends is Kirsty Davey, a.k.a, Otis & Otto. To compliment her blog Davey recently opened the Otis & Otto online store. Having always wanted to curate her own retail space or gallery, the store was the perfect extension to ottisandotto.com which has been steadily evolving and growing in readership since Davey found her ‘online voice’ in 2012.
The Otis & Otto store supports independent creators who champion intuitive, natural living objects and staples. “I am mostly drawn to handmade, re-purposed objects that are simple & functional.” says Davey, “Therefore, I look for artisans who opt for recycled, sustainable materials & celebrate the beauty in imperfection.” The artisans Davey favours use traditional, hand made processes to craft objects that are intuitive & sentimental. She is in awe of their dedication, patience & tenacity.
Since establishing herself online, Davey has enjoyed the international connections made with new creative thinkers and the opportunity to work on a bunch of exciting projects. “I’m looking forward to seeing the ‘Home away from Home’ project that I participated in, coordinated and published by French designer Caroline Gomez. As well as the release of products exclusively designed for the store.” says Davey. Describing the response to Otis & Otto as being a little overwhelming, social media platforms such as Instagram & Pinterest have also generated a growing number of followers and fans of the content Davey curates. “It has been really fantastic to see our growing community of independent artists receive international exposure & recognition for their craftsmanship.” says Davey.
When chatting about all things art and craft, JOCO and Otis & Otto thought it would be fun to collaborate on a creative DIY project. Together, we created a drawstring carry bag for your daily essentials. The bag also makes a neat little pouch for your JOCO reusable glass cup. ‘It was great collaborating with JOCO. A super opportunity to work creatively & consciously alongside like minded locals.” says Davey. “I really admire JOCO’s philosophy of eschewing the disposable. Their products are functional, fun & carry an important message and reminder for all of us.’ Download the JOCO + Otis & Otto DIY printable then follow the links and tips to make your own fabric drawstring bag. Be as creative as you dare.
DOWNLOAD your JOCO + Otis & Otto DIY drawstring bag printable here, JOCO + OTIS & OTTO DIY PRINTABLE DRAWSTING BAG