Ottostop Workshops at Club Marvy!

2 weekends ago, Ottostop was invited to the gorgeous Club Marvy in Özdere, İzmir, to hold 2 group workshops for guests. It was pretty much the perfect weekend of meeting new people from around the world, watching pretty planets be created by eager learners, eating delicious food and perhaps indulging in a cocktail or two ;-) , and swimming in THE MOST AMAZING infinity pool I ever did see. Here's a few of the moments that made it a magical time :-) Thank you to the team at Club Marvy for organising the workshops!

More workshops moments from June & July

With the heat of summer truly upon us here in Fethiye, Turkey, the past few weeks have seen lots of new faces escape the heat by visiting the studio to print! Here's a few studio moments from June & July!

Carol & Simon!

Carol & Simon!

The Bentley crew!

The Bentley crew!

Naz G making botanical mini monoprints!

Naz G making botanical mini monoprints!

Nurdan's paper stencil ladies!

Nurdan's paper stencil ladies!

Serap and her ebru roses on chiffon!

Serap and her ebru roses on chiffon!

Nurdan!

Nurdan!

Annanin!

Annanin!

Book-binding tutorial courtesy of Annanin!

Book-binding tutorial courtesy of Annanin!

Carol came back to the studio following completion of her course, to print yet more fabric!!!

Carol came back to the studio following completion of her course, to print yet more fabric!!!

Alicia and Maia

Alicia and Maia

Lovely koi-printed tote by Alicia!

Lovely koi-printed tote by Alicia!

Painterly waterlilies by Maia!

Painterly waterlilies by Maia!

Maia in planet painting mode!

Maia in planet painting mode!

If you'd like more info about Ottostop's workshops, please email leyla@ottostopdesign.com !

Moons & Planets in Istanbul in June!

Last weekend saw Ottostop hold its last workshops in Istanbul before I take a short summer break and concentrate on studio projects & courses in Fethiye over the hot summer months. Thanks to Mod-Ada and Container for being fantastic venues, and a big thank you to Melike, Merve, Hande, Banu, Tulin, Sevcan, Derya, and Muge for all coming along to print, chat, smile and laugh.... catch more Ottostop workshops in Istanbul in September! Here's some moments of colour and fun in Istanbul to tide you over until then....

Join an Ottostop workshop in June and make a beautiful calendar like this (beautiful work by Melike in Moda at Mod-Ada)

Join an Ottostop workshop in June and make a beautiful calendar like this (beautiful work by Melike in Moda at Mod-Ada)

Melike's lovely ebru mono-printed planet!

Melike's lovely ebru mono-printed planet!

Container evening vibes....

Container evening vibes....

Merve & Melike in Moda!

Merve & Melike in Moda!

Merve!

Merve!

Banu!

Banu!

Melike!

Melike!

Merve!

Merve!

Happy printers @Container, Besiktas!

Happy printers @Container, Besiktas!

Hande's planet!

Hande's planet!

Tulin!

Tulin!

Muge!

Muge!

The Container Crew!

The Container Crew!

If you'd like to host an Ottostop workshop at your office, club, cafe or hotel, please get in touch at leyla@ottostopdesign.com 

May in Fethiye!

Colour, smiles and printed things... a collection of images from May's #ottostopworkshops in Fethiye, both at home in the Ottostop studio in Yanıklar, and at Fethiye's Eray Art & Stationery store, where we held a great group workshop on Saturday 27th May. Thanks to Aslı, Gülşen, Reyhan, Nergiz, Aslı, Dilek, Serdar, Ulrıke, and Carole for all coming to print with Ottostop in May!

If you're in Istanbul, Antalya or Bodrum and would like to try an Ottostop Screen Printing workshop, we have dates in June, see Instagram www.instagram.com/ottostop or Facebook: 'Ottostop Design' for more info.... or drop us a mail at leyla@ottostopdesign.com

For more info about Ottostop's workshop, get in touch via leyla@ottostopdesign.com

Souq Dukkan Workshop - May!

Ottostop had a new workshop home for the day in May, the gorgeous Souq Dükkan in Kanyon, Levent. I was a little nervous as the shop is filled with very pretty clothing, home accessories and lots of breakable things.... but nothing got damaged.... phew! Here's a little taste of what went on. Big thanks to Dila, Cana and Aslı for being my first Istanbul repeat students! And to Gulhan, Esin and Ozge for coming along to see what #ottostopworkshops are all about (cleaning up paint mess mainly, but shhhhh, let's keep that a secret!).  And of course huge thanks to the team at Souq for inviting me!

***** Ottostop will next be in Istanbul the FIRST WEEKEND in June, then I'll be taking a break until September. Email me if you'd like to attend one of my June workshops! *****

Team SOUQ

Team SOUQ

Not bad for a few hour's work!

Not bad for a few hour's work!

Pre-workshop = tidy table!

Pre-workshop = tidy table!

April Workshops

The month of April saw Ottostop welcome new students to the studio in beautiful Yanıklar, Fethiye... we had 13-year old Alicia embark on a Teen Wolf inspired 4-session course during which she made loads of funky collage pieces. Our fellow Yanıklar resident Carmen also completed a 4-session course with some fabulous nature inspired prints on both paper and textiles. Then we had Nicky, Clare, Alison and Karen all complete half-day workshops, creating tropical pieces, planets and more. The weather is heating up now so I'm getting ready to make possibly my largest business investment so far.... air-conditioning! If you'd like to come and chill with Ottostop and print some pretty things, email leyla@ottostopdesign.com to get more info about either my half-day or 4-session silkscreen printing courses, cake, coffee and air-con all included! 

Here's some of my favourite memories from April:

Alicia's collage pieces and colour selection were on point!

Alicia's collage pieces and colour selection were on point!

My lil' mate Alicia!

My lil' mate Alicia!

More of Alicia's work...

More of Alicia's work...

Photo bombed by the adorable but stinky-bummed Lola!

Photo bombed by the adorable but stinky-bummed Lola!

Alison & Karen, lovely ladies and fabulous work! What a colourful & sunny day!

Alison & Karen, lovely ladies and fabulous work! What a colourful & sunny day!

Always time to print Painterly Planets here at the Ottostop studio.... my favourite thing to print!

Always time to print Painterly Planets here at the Ottostop studio.... my favourite thing to print!

Karen H, a fellow Mancunian, came and got her hands dirty- something which required photographic evidence to show family back home!

Karen H, a fellow Mancunian, came and got her hands dirty- something which required photographic evidence to show family back home!

Fang poster!

Fang poster!

Alicia's mum Nicky got in on the act during week 1!

Alicia's mum Nicky got in on the act during week 1!

Alison getting to grips with squeegee handling!

Alison getting to grips with squeegee handling!

Carmen's first session, bookmarks, calendars and greetings cards!

Carmen's first session, bookmarks, calendars and greetings cards!

Alison's fabulous mono-printed planet!

Alison's fabulous mono-printed planet!

Another day, another beautiful test print accident!

Another day, another beautiful test print accident!

Carmen's monoprint!

Carmen's monoprint!

Carmen's 3rd Session - painterly peacock feathers!

Carmen's 3rd Session - painterly peacock feathers!

Mono-printed card with banana and palm leaves...

Mono-printed card with banana and palm leaves...

Clare D waking us up with NEON orange ink!

Clare D waking us up with NEON orange ink!

Nicky & Lola

Nicky & Lola

Clare D and her matching trainers!

Clare D and her matching trainers!

Still totally in love with Clare's mono print with banana leaves!

Still totally in love with Clare's mono print with banana leaves!

More of Carmen's delicious work!

More of Carmen's delicious work!

Carmen's last session at the studio. 

Carmen's last session at the studio. 

A nature-inspired print derived from one of Carmen's own watercolour paintings.

A nature-inspired print derived from one of Carmen's own watercolour paintings.

Adding painterly touches....

Adding painterly touches....

More of Clare D's work...

More of Clare D's work...

April Workshops - Bodrum & Istanbul

This month saw Ottostop make its screen printing workshop debut in beautiful Bodrum, with a sell-out Sunday afternoon workshop aboard Karen V gulet. Then last weekend we were back in Istanbul at our two homes-from home, MaeZae, Karakoy and Conatiner, Besiktas. I've also welcomed a handful of new students to the Ottostop studio in Yanıklar, Fethiye (more photos of those workshops coming soon).  Here's a few images for your eyes to feast upon... for more information about Ottostop's workshops please email: leyla@ottostopdesign.com  

Beautiful Bodrum- what a great turnout, beautiful people, fantastic venue and lots of sunshiiiine!

Beautiful Bodrum- what a great turnout, beautiful people, fantastic venue and lots of sunshiiiine!

Another wonderful group workshop at MaeZae last weekend!

Another wonderful group workshop at MaeZae last weekend!

TEAM! @maezae

TEAM! @maezae

The Container Crew!

The Container Crew!

On dry land last Saturday at MaeZae,.... Feyza, Irem, Tulu and Cici :-)

On dry land last Saturday at MaeZae,.... Feyza, Irem, Tulu and Cici :-)

Monoprinted Palmiye aboard Karen V gulet, Bodrum!

Monoprinted Palmiye aboard Karen V gulet, Bodrum!

Annie in concentration mode!

Annie in concentration mode!

Still swooning over Irem's pink and mint green colour combo. Summer. Right. There!

Still swooning over Irem's pink and mint green colour combo. Summer. Right. There!

Umit & Alize!

Umit & Alize!

Aylin and her hand-teared stripes stencil @containerbesiktas

Aylin and her hand-teared stripes stencil @containerbesiktas

@neohomosapien kargı faces in Bodrum!

@neohomosapien kargı faces in Bodrum!

Busy on board Karen V gulet, Bodrum.

Busy on board Karen V gulet, Bodrum.

Aylin's prints from last Sunday's workshop in Besiktas, Istanbul @containerbesiktas

Aylin's prints from last Sunday's workshop in Besiktas, Istanbul @containerbesiktas

Munire @maezae is Queen of the Spread! Snickers Cheesecake.... need I say more?

Munire @maezae is Queen of the Spread! Snickers Cheesecake.... need I say more?

@neohomosapien illustrated faces + screen printed motifs

@neohomosapien illustrated faces + screen printed motifs

Coordinated Mel!

Coordinated Mel!

Efe cuts stencils!

Efe cuts stencils!

Stop! Demo-time!

Stop! Demo-time!

Can't beat a squeegee smile!

Can't beat a squeegee smile!

All aboard good ship Ottostop!

All aboard good ship Ottostop!

Pineapple printing in Besiktas!

Pineapple printing in Besiktas!

Container Besiktas busy at work!

Container Besiktas busy at work!

The MaeZae crew hard at work!

The MaeZae crew hard at work!

Ekin!

Ekin!

Feyza and her lil' ebru gezegen!

Feyza and her lil' ebru gezegen!

Annie in concentration mode!

Annie in concentration mode!

Happy Ayse!

Happy Ayse!

Karen adding hand-painted touches to stencilled fish.

Karen adding hand-painted touches to stencilled fish.

Ottostop will be in Istanbul, Antalya and Bodrum during May. For information about those workshops, please email me. Or, if you're in or around Fethiye this summer, come and visit our studio and try one of our workshops! We make nice cake too!

Peace, love & creativity,

Leyla @ottostop

Moments from the Ottostop Studio in March

Spring is definitely upon us the cool air and bright sunshine make perfect printing conditions.... it's the perfect time to visit the Ottostop Studio in Yanıklar, Fethiye to try a bit of screen printing, if you're in the area. So far this March we've had Fatma and her delightful little girl Likya join us for an afternoon, followed by Christine who wanted to work on a personal project, an 'agave petula' succulent, and yesterday Vicky came to try her hand at paper stencils.... here's a few shots of the fun we've had the past week...

Likya having fun getting her brush strokes on!

Some spectacular hand painted mono-printed blue banana leaves. Got me feeling all summery!

Fatma concentrating hard on stencil-cutting!

Little hands!

Likya made a gift for her best friend Milay :-)

Fatma registering leaves on her calendar....

Christine and I discussed her personal design and I finalised and exposed the design onto the screen before she attended the workshop. If you would like to print a personal project, contact Ottostop and I'll be happy to help!

Just look at those cards- GORGEOUS!

Tadaaa - nothing beats the excitement of the 'reveal' when painterly mono-printing!

Christine adding some colour variations by hand...

Ottostop convinced Christine to try a totally different colour palette before the session was over.... and the results were pretty....pretty!

Vicky, a fellow Brit in Fethiye, came to the studio yesterday to take part in a half-day workshop.

Both the fig and blossom brand were created by hand-cut stencils....

Ice cream hues...

Vicky adds dabs of pinks on white to give a painterly blossom effect.

Beautiful, delicate, hand cut cherry blossom by Vicky E.

As always, the Ottostop studio in Fethiye is open to visitors whenever we're at home. We offer half-day for those wanting a little 'taste' of silkscreen printing, and longer courses for those wanting to learn the whole process. We can also accommodate visitors from out of town. For more information, please email: leyla@ottostopdesign.com

Antalya gets Tropical in March!

Last Sunday (19th March) saw Ottostop drive over those big, ol' snow-topped mountains to beautiful Antalya. Mask Bar in Kaleiçi was our home for the day. Thanks to Bilge, Ayşe and Leyla for coming to print with us, and to everyone else who stopped by to say 'hello', what a colourful & fun afternoon we had :-) ...

TROPICAL!

Leyla getting to grips with silkscreen printing....

A lovely bit of urban decay in Kaleici.

Bilge!

Ayse, Bilge and Leyla :-)

Ayse, Bilge and Leyla :-)

Potty! 

Bilge's lovely crows on palm print

Paper stencil

Leyla's fabulous neon collage card

Printed envelopes!

Painterly banana leaf

Beautiful accidental composition- a test print scrap that I will forever treasure!

For more information about future Ottostop Workshops, email: leyla@ottostopdesign.com

March's Istanbul Tropical Workshops....

With Ottostop just about unpacked and settled back in the studio following the big India adventure, I thought it would be nice to cling onto some tropical vibes, and make a pile of screens featuring India-inspired motifs for the next run of workshops in Istanbul. March and April's workshops will feature palms, banana leaves, cacti, pineapples and of course... crows! With lots of bright hues!!! We'll be combining these motifs with hand cut paper stencils, and I've a few different textures to place the stencils upon....

Ottostop has more workshops coming up this month, both at brand new cities.... in Antalya (Sunday 19th March, 2pm at Mask Bar in Kaleci) and Izmir (at Nish Creative House, date and time TBC).

Here's some snaps from this weekend's Istanbul workshops on Saturday 4th at MaeZae in Karakoy and Sunday 5th at Container in Besiktas....

Aslı and Yasmin brightening up Saturday morning with HOT PINK crows :-)

Ottostop's experiment with paper cut stencils...

Cake, candles and coffee for Yasmin the birthday girl :-) 

Always fine dining at MaeZae!

Blue hand cut stencil stripes with a bright red palm motif!

As surprise birthday gift of an Ottostop workshop for birthday girl Yasemin!

Stripes and muz leaves!

Colour, colour everywhere!

My first twin students, Dila and Cana (in no particular order!!!)  :-)

Aslihan's gorgeous printed envelope! 

Love this colour combo!

King Alfie of Karakoy...

Love this shot! ...Dila and Cana!

Ozlem printing pink in pink :-)

Ozlem printing pink in pink :-)

Container, Besiktas on Sunday afternoon.

Ottostop celebrated 1000 likes on Instagram on Sunday!!!

Efe's torn edge eye stencil is one of the best first-time stencil experiments I ever did see! Gorgeous!

Anna busy printing away at Container on Sunday...

Anna busy printing away at Container on Sunday...

Book binder Anna had quite an impressive production line going on at Container on Sunday- just what I like to see!

Efe registering crows!

Anna places the second layer of sprinkles on her pineapples....

A big thanks to everyone who came to print this weekend, as usual I made a bunch of wonderful new friends and some pretty neat things were cerated!

The Ottostop studio is now taking bookings for weekend courses from April onwards. If you'd like more information about our Fethiye printing courses, or information about our upcoming workshops in Istanbul, Antalya or Izmir, then email leyla@ottostopdesign.com