Artcrush. Instalment 1: Beci Orpin.
Welcome to the new Artcrush series. It dawned on us not long ago that we've collaborated with a whole bunch of really talented people but kept most of the stories behind them all, to ourselves. Pretty selfish, right? Well that's why we're here now.
The Artcrush series represents a space in which we can talk about the artists, designers and craftspeople who allow us to do what we do and inspire us to keep doing it.
For our first instalment we spoke to local Australian designer, crafter, illustrator, business-woman and all round lovely person, Beci Orpin. Beci has been in our family for a long time and the amount of work that she continues to produce is awe-inspiring, as is the work ethic with which she manages to get everything done.
You'll know Beci from a number of projects that she has worked on including the pillowcases she produced with us, her most recent book Make and Do, her role as art director at Arro Home, writing and illustrating children's books, being a mum and not to mention working alongside husband and business partner, Raph Rashid. We like to imagine their house is a Willy Wonka-like cavernous space that has both edible and papier-mached tacos, burgers and donuts. It just has to be!
Beci was born to hippie parents and spent the early years of her life in the back of a Landcruiser travelling around Australia and never having to worry about silly things like shoes. After a series of "phases" in her youth from grunge to indie to rave, Beci graduated with a BA in Textile Design and started working and exhibiting locally and internationally. Nowadays, she leads a domestic but none the less busy existence with the occasional debaucherous evening thrown in for good measure. When she's not designing or drawing you'll usually find Beci hanging out with her kids Tyke and Ari.
We asked Beci to answer a few questions for us and she happily obliged (read: managed to squeeze it in to her crazy schedule):
2. Could you take a photo of something and tell us a story about it?