And Fethiye’s New Concept Store…..
It’s been a very, very creative couple of days!
Resourceful, productive, ethical, festive and fun! When you live in a country which doesn’t have a Christmas celebration it’s sometimes difficult to remember the hype and intensity with which Christmas and the preceding festive season is accompanied back in England. So, it’s great to be able to tap into the festive spirit a little and – even if it’s only for a day or two – get into the spirit of things!
These days of frivolity and creativity began by returning to Yaniklar and the Ottostop screen printing Studio. By venturing deep into the eclectic jungle which grows beneath the shelter of a giant avocado tree is in fact the garden of one Leyla Temiz, Ottostop’s chief designer and creator, her studio nestles into the eclectic garden and jazz soothes out into the damp autumn air.
My sister and I are here for another of Ottostop’s exciting workshops and as it is (almost) the season to be jolly, we are here this time to hand print this year’s Christmas cards and gift tags. What a great idea, resourceful, ethically responsible and supportive of local companies too.
Leyla’s enthusiasm for her work and in her teaching is contagious and soon there are veritable masterpieces coming out of the press! The fact that I decided to print red stars over my multi coloured snowflakes, which unfortunately makes the whole thing resemble a bloody clue from a crime in The Midsummer Murders, is incidental……. They are still made in the spirit of giving and hand made with love (and bloody stars!)
My sister is far more artistically inspired than I am and cleverly produced a variety of great cards, bookmarks, notebooks and a calendar, even hand stitching the pages in the books! Leyla is a remarkable teacher and the atmosphere in her studio is always so alive and full of fun, plus she supplies tea and local Turkish nibbles, so a morning spent attending one of her workshops is a must as we approach Christmas time, and there is still time to organise your own hand made cards if you get a move on.
Leyla can be contacted by telephone to arrange a workshop, or by her Facebook page.
Why not check out her online store, here, https://www.ottostopdesign.com and follow Ottostop on Instagram to see pictures of her latest creations! https://instagram.com/ottostop?utm_source=ig_profile_share&igshid=17y67wjz01rnh
Leyla had mentioned that the day after we had been printing with her she was running a public workshop in one of Fethiyes newest shops, downtown. So, we decided to pop along for a look, and also to be able to introduce you to this wonderfully – new to Fethiye – type of store.
Ottostop was running an introduction to screen printing in the Commercial space above the new EMNASTUDIO. Le Concept Store.
Founded and run by Emna Rached who is the chief architect and designer from the store when you venture in, you will find it incredibly difficult to wander back out, empty handed or empty bellied!
That’s the beauty of a ” Concept Store “, it seems…. but I did, actually have to ask Emna, what actually a concept store is?
Emna explained to me that even though she is the designer and creator of the incredible furniture and homewares you can find in the shop, it isn’t actually a furniture store….. and even though there are incredible pestemels and natural linen products and cushions in her shop, it’s not actually a soft furnishing store either…….and not to forget, that while the squeals of excitement from the screen printing workshop in the commercial space could be heard coming from up the stairs, we could sit and merrily partake of the tastiest herbal tea around, accompanied by village honey and Emnas trademark sticky, chewy macaroons…..it’s not actually a tea shop either!
And, so- from my be – fuddled understanding, that is exactly what a ” Concept Store ” is, it’s the realisation of an idea, or an ideal- have it as you will.
Regardless of semantics the store is an eclectic mix of superbly crafted furniture, household tranquilments, the very finest, inspired linens and the newest ideas on the market. It’s a cutting edge, remarkable store for Fethiye and is sorely needed, you really must pop along next time you are in town and I dare you to try and leave empty handed!
Needless to say mother absolutely adores EmnaStudio and is slowly purchasing the entire stock… it’s at times like these that I’m eternally grateful that we live on a yacht otherwise there would be tables, trays and candlesticks everywhere!
EmnaStudio can be found at Cumhuriyet Mahallessi Carsi, Cd. No: 118. It’s down the one way system on the same side as Pasha kebab but further down heading towards the fish market. The commercial space will be used again by Ottostop, and Emna has a whole season of exciting workshops and seminars planned, contact details below to find out what is coming up. The commercial space upstairs has desks and wifi and the space can be rented if people need a transient work space for a day or two or week!
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