Ottostop's studio was once a very dull, dark place. A place where garden tools, old outdoor furniture & other useless bits of junk were stashed away and ultimately forgotten about, creating an enchanted kingdom for spiders to cast their webs & lizards to run riot. Until a nomadic soul called Leyla decided it was time to lay down her hat and turn the family garden shed into a space where she could finally realise her creative dreams. After spending most of her adult life roaming the world, collecting inspiration from some exotic and some not-so-exotic lands, and ultimately sitting at a desk job in rainy Manchester for 3 years, she was itching to spend her days being creative in the sunshine.
In order to transform the 'shed' into a 'studio' (although we still fondly call it 'the shed') we needed to install electricity, have the walls plastered, the floor tiled and give the whole thing a good lick of paint, which involved cleaning 12 years' worth of gecko poo and dead insects from the loft area (which to date was one of the grimmest days in the Ottostop journey)!
As Ottostop loves to salvage unwanted treasures and support independent tradesmen, our local junk yards & furniture makers became regular haunts. Everything apart from the lighting and printing table was reclaimed, and our plan drawers were lovingly handmade by our village carpenter.
The renovation reached completion in October 2015, and since then we have been busy printing away, developing the Ottostop brand and finalising Ottostop's first product line. 'The shed' and the beautiful village we are situated in are invaluable parts of the Ottostop brand, we only need to look out of the studio windows to gather inspiration for new prints, and we are constantly chancing upon roadside finds in surrounding villages that feed our creativity.
We still have more geckos in the shed than we would like, but until they start eating prints, we'll leave them alone, after all, they were here first :-)