If you have had your finger-on-the pulse of locally bred and wonderfully talented design people the name Beci Orpin should be familiar. If you have not heard of Beci… Google.Her.Now.

Beci Orpin

Beci Orpin is a Melbourne based artist, designer, author and all round incredible crafter whose work is always colourful, original and perfectly simple yet effective in design. I was lucky enough to attend the Craft & Design as a career event a couple of years ago where Beci was a guest speaker along with Hello Sandwich and others (read about that here). During the morning tea I had a chat with Beci and she was so approachable, down-to-earth and just downright lovely. It’s so nice when that happens.

Currently Craft Victoria are exhibiting her work “Colour Assembly II” in the window space and it’s on until October 19th so get a move on!

Colour Assembly II Beci Orpin

Colour Assembly II Beci Orpin

To coincide with the exhibit, Craft Victoria held a DIY mobile workshop with Beci that featured one of the projects from her  upcoming book “Home” (on shelves 1st November). Under Beci’s expert guidance and hands-on help each of us was one step closer to our very own handmade mobile made of driftwood, paper, yarn and string.

PaperLou's Mobile WIP

It was a lovely few hours spent with the even lovelier Beci who was really open and fun and gave us all some insight into the design processes she uses for her projects. Beci also introduced us to some nifty pom-pom makers and even had the patience to make one old skool style….. just one…. those things take AGES!

I’m really looking forward to the release of Beci’s latest book and to the spend hours cutting, pasting and gluing away in my own paper paradise.