Crazy Stripes Collaboration with GAP Turkey!

As I spend a lot of my time rattling around my little studio alone, it's always a pleasure to work with other brands and designers on joint-projects, and what an absolute honour it was to be invited to collaborate with GAP Turkiye again throughout November and December on their seasonal Crazy Stripes campaign. The aim was to add a bit of interactive, creative, colourful fun in stores, and give shoppers a little treat to take home.... Ottostop completed 8 live screen printing events in Kanyon AVM and Emaar Square Mall, handing out pre-printed bookmarks and demonstrating silkscreen printing on hardback notebooks, allowing shoppers to take their pick of slogan and ink colour, and try squeegee-pulling for the first time ever. Here's a few pics to give you more of an idea of the colourful fun that went on in Istanbul for the Crazy Stripes campaign....

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A massive thank you to the lovely folk at GAP Turkiye for giving little ol' Ottostop the chance to shine in the bright lights of the big city, and collaborate with a global brand! It's been such a fantastic experience :-)

If you have an event or party coming up, or would like Ottostop to come to your office to hold a screen printing workshop or live demonstration, get in touch! leyla@ottostopdesign.com   

Ottostop's Winter Warmer

Today was a very special day.... it's around 2 years since the Ottostop journey began. In the early days I had a vision of creating a design brand, designing and selling my handmade items, but very quickly that evolved into something much, much more. Early in 2017 the Ottostop studio started welcoming students for half-day workshops & screen printing courses, and very soon Ottostop became a hive of creative experimentation, laughter and mess-making, with both Turks and ex-pats visiting the studio on a weekly basis to see what silkscreen printing is all about.

Ottostop wouldn't have become what it is today without the endless support and encouragement of Fethiye's fabulous community, I really am lucky to be able to call Fethiye 'home'. So today I said a little 'thank you' with a small get-together in our beautiful jungle/garden. The sun shone, the mulled wine flowed and the baubles glistened in the sunlight.....

Here's a few moments from what will become an annual event... Ottostop's Winter Warmer....

(Massive thank you to Mummy Ottostop & Joanne G for the making of pom-poms, the setting up of tables, the hanging of baubles in the trees and a full day of graft in the kitchen. Also thanks to Teresa and Joanne for most of the photos below.)

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Buyukdere35 vs. Ottostop

Last Saturday I made my workshop debut at Sarıyer's sweet new gallery and workshop space Buyukdere35.... 16 hands in total spent the afternoon making monoprinted botanical calendars, and what a great team we had! Thank you to everyone who came along it was really great meeting you all! I hope to be back at Buyukdere35 next Spring, with a totally new workshop concept. See you there!

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The GAP collab!

The lovely folk at GAP recently asked Ottostop to work with them on 2 events in Istanbul, the first a fun-day at ENKA school in Istinye, and then the press day for their new collection launch 'Meet me in the GAP'. Over a hundred bookmarks were printed with kids at ENKA, and over a hundred tote bags were printed for the collection launch at Kanyon AVM. Watch this space for more exciting events with GAP!

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 Bookmarks pre-printed with the GAP logo, ready for ENKA's fun-day.

Bookmarks pre-printed with the GAP logo, ready for ENKA's fun-day.

 Canvas signs all ready!

Canvas signs all ready!

 Example bookmarks printed here in the Ottostop studio in Fethiye.

Example bookmarks printed here in the Ottostop studio in Fethiye.

 Studio moments...

Studio moments...

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 Ottostop for GAP at ENKA!

Ottostop for GAP at ENKA!

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 Anotehr studio moment!

Anotehr studio moment!

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 Nice bit of accidental colour co-ordination!

Nice bit of accidental colour co-ordination!

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 Clean-up time!

Clean-up time!

Ahhh what a great experience! 

If you'd like to collaborate with Ottostop, or would like to organise an Ottostop workshop for a party or corporate event, then do get in touch.... leyla@ottostopdesign.com

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...