Otto and Spike are part of a growing international voice of artisan manufacturers practicing traditional crafts. Their work resonates with a new generation of consumers looking for products with provenance, and substance.
Otto and Spikes’s products are the result of forty years passionately devoted to knitting, their desire to operate outside the short life cycle of mass production and it’s reliance on disposability, and the skill and ingenuity of their staff.
Their products are beautifully finished and ethically produced from Australian and New Zealand premium surplus lambswool.
Recently I was invited to create a collection for Otto & Spike. Since I love to ride my bike every day, I wanted to design something for people that also share that love. Here are the scarves I recently created, and should be in stores soon for those in Australia, Canada & Japan.
These bike prints were inspired by the humble Edward Elgar. He started cycling in the 1900’s and affectionately nicknamed his Royal Sunbeam bike ‘Mr Phoebus’. It was on these long rides in the countryside that he found his inspiration to create new melodies & orchestral tunes.
Knitted on a 10 gauge machine, this tubular jacquard uses 2 ends of 2 ply 19.5 micron worsted wool. Photo credit: Cassie Hardy & Ruby MacKinnon.
Nest was created to invoke a feeling of nurture and shelter. Originally i created this by cutting 2cm strips of jersey. Otto and Spike managed to replicate the style in a string knit with worsted wool. The scarf can be worn as an accessory or as a practical scarf. Photo credit: Cassie Hardy.
Shanties were sailors work songs at a time when the globe was crossed by men on square rigged sailing ships. Shanty Cloche was designed by Lisa Bruce, this 5 gauge tubular jacquard is so cute.
Titled the Graduate this 5 gauge tubular jacquard was designed by Wendy Voon. Photo credit: Cassie Hardy and Ruby MacKinnon.