Running away from the winter blues... into Indian hues!

Ottostop is staying true to its nomadic roots this winter and has temporarily relocated to its old stomping ground of Kochi, Kerala, while I work on some new designs, catch up with old friends, and generally avoid the winter blues.

The last two weeks of 2016 I completed a coast-to-coast South India bike tour with www.mountainbikekerala.com, cycling 1000km in 13 days from the east to the west coast of South India, and getting ample servings of temples, tea, spicy food and two-wheeled conversations with other two-wheelers along the way! Many photographs were also taken....

Jasmine garlands and bike helmets.

Green on green.

The colours of thali!

Cocoa

Day 1, fish market on the east coast, our starting point for the coast-to-coast South India bike tour.

Banana plant

Coir

Andre's talipot palm, Auroville, Pondicherry

Roadside fruit stall, Tamil Nadu

Red sugar cane, Tamil Nadu

Coconut palms on the backwaters of Kerala

Coconut palms on the backwaters of Kerala

The beautiful red lipstick palm :-)

So, for the next month or so, I'll be based here in Kochi, battling mosquitos whilst working from the studio of good friends www.viakerala.com , and using all this fantastic colour & nature inspiration to design some new prints & pretty things for 2017. I'll also be collaborating with Viakerala, doing what we do best.... workshops (!!!!) at their beautiful flagship store in historical Fort Kochi. If you or anyone you know is traveling South India at the moment, and would be interested in attending an Indian-style Ottostop workshop, drop me a message....chai and samosas are of course included!