Beci Orpin is omnipresent in this city. You’ve seen her branding on Seven Seeds’ coffee pouches, on Cookie’s menu and gracing every city promo flagpole this year on the Melbourne International Film Festival banner. Alongside her many freelance jobs, art directing Arro Home, and hanging out with her two kids, Orpin has published her third crafty book, Make & Do!
The new book is themed around colouring the spaces where we work, whether it be an office, a coffee table or a well-lit space on the floor.
Each chapter of the book looks at a different aspect of decoration, from repurposing old jumpers into a cosy blanket to blinging up an old collar, all inspired by her favourite materials. There are instructions on how to create quirky latch-hook rugs, papier-mâché taxidermy and even your own plastic animal gang. “We were allowed to get a bit wacky with this book and make things that are bit more impractical and ridiculous. It’s just meant to be fun,” says Orpin.
This book sets itself apart from its creative predecessors, Home and Find & Keep. Inside there are a few DIY ideas that will challenge even the most adept craftsperson. “I really liked that I got to do projects that were a bit more advanced. I got to explore different mediums more, so some projects are a bit more challenging.”
Orpin believes any space can be a studio. She wanted Make & Do! to emphasise that art can be found and created anywhere and inspired by anything. “If there’s a pretty piece of paper in the gutter I’m going to pick it up. I’m pretty good at finding inspiration everywhere.”
Make & Do! will be available in book stores from 1 November 2014.
Beci Orpin is hosting a papier-mâché taxidermy workshop at Third Drawer Down in Prahran on Saturday 15th November. Book tickets here.