THE CRAFTY HOME
Beci Orpin’s second book, Home, is a filled with amazing projects that personalise your space. We chat to the all-round creative about its inspiring pages, and a love of all things DIY.
You’ve embraced your design prowess for many different projects throughout your career including: clothing lines, homewares and stationery products. Which creative role have you enjoyed the most?
I’ve enjoyed all of it! To me, even though the outcomes of those projects are different, the design process is the same, and the process is actually what I enjoy the most. I like to take that process across lots of different mediums to keep things challenging and interesting. I do particularly like results that are useful, and that I myself can use. That feels really satisfying.
Tell us about your book, Home.
Home is an expansion of my first book ‘Find and Keep’. Like ‘Find and Keep’, it contains some DIY projects – this time all things you can make for your house – and it has photos of my friends’ homes and spaces that I find inspiring, too. Some of the projects are a little more in depth in this book, too.
The book’s pages are a riot of colour and pattern. Does this reflect your own style? If not, describe your style and design aesthetic?
Yes, definitely! I appreciate all design styles and aesthetics and I have tried my hardest to be a minimalist, but in the end I always come back to lots of colour and a ‘more is more’ aesthetic. I studied textile design so pattern is very close to my heart and I need lots of it. I don’t know how to describe my design aesthetic – I guess the term ‘eclectic’ comes to mind, but I wish I could think of a better one.
‘Getting to look at or use something you made every day is a very rewarding experience …’
What’s your favourite project in the book and why?
I’m really happy with how all the projects turned out in the book so it’s hard to pick a favourite. I really like the Chaos Table Cloth – it was project that came out of mistake in my studio where some dyes leaked onto some fabric. We then tried to recreate intentionally and it worked! Sometimes the best things happen this way.
Where do you turn to for inspiration when nutting out new crafty ideas?
Everywhere! I am constantly open to ideas. I have lots of old craft books that I often go through, and I sometimes things just happen in my studio, which can then turn into a project. Of course the internet has a lot of great DIY inspiration, too!
What do you think it is that makes home craft and DIY such a rewarding activity?
Getting to look at or use something you made every day is a very rewarding experience – it feels truly personal too, especially in a time of disposable good, where it’s easy to buy things cheaply and throw them away. I still have quilts and crochets that my mum and grandmothers made and I completely cherish them. I’m hoping if people make things from the book they will be cherished for a long time and not become landfill.
You mention in the book that you find ‘the idea of people turning their houses into their own personalised spaces’ both intriguing and comforting. What are some of the most memorable décor additions you’ve spotted in the homes of others?
My friend Kirra’s dining table was originally a painting table in her studio and was covered in paint strokes, but the colours were so beautiful and looked perfect in her dining space! Also, most of my friends are creative and they all have nice art collections. Not necessarily art that costs a lot of money either, many were gifts from friends, things they had made themselves or things their kids have made. I think art is a really great way of personalising space.
Keep an eye out for one of Beci Orpin’s Home projects
in the magazine next week!
© 2013 The Home
Book styling by Marj Silva
Photography: Lisa Zhu