Yes. Otilee is my real name.

Born in London and named after 1970's sci-fi film character and then two racing yachts (thus basically rendering her Otilee III).

Otilee spent the first year of life wrapped in a bunny rug touring Europe from the prime position in a push chair. Highlights included losing her dummy in the colourful autumn leaves of Vienna and the great diarrhoea explosion of ’82 enroute to Pisa. Almost always choosing the second cubicle from the end, Otilee is also forthcoming with much more information that required.

 

After attempting a double degree in film and acting fresh out of high school then instead deciding to move to London to pursue a career as an awesome rock vocalist. It was here, rock and roll dreams crashed and burned in a spectacular explosion of black hair dye, liquid eyeliner and a fabulous DIY post punk wardrobe. 

 

It was then that Otilee decided it was finally time to grow
back her eyebrows, finish uni and get a real job.

Changing tack a tad (in true racing yacht #3 style), Uni happened and she emerged with a shiny piece of paper with BA Arts (Design) (Hons) written on it, and a really wanky thesis about “Designing brand image and identity through art direction in fashion advertising”.


10 years later, Otilee now likes to call herself an ‘Art Director’, she does other things too like design, copywriting, styling, fashion based art photography, creating crude pictures of sanitary products and also the occasional lint-roller microphone performance. Though, it’s the words ‘art director’ that she most enjoys writing in the occupation section of her in-flight customs card. 

AWARDS

  • 5th Annual Photography Masters Cup  Nominee (Fashion)
  • International Photography Awards (IPA) 2010  2nd place (Pro-Advertising Fashion) and Honorable Mention (Pro-Advertising Beauty).
  • 4th Annual Photography Masters Cup 2010  Nominee (Fashion)
  • International Aperture Awards 2009  Bronze Award (Commercial Fashion Advertising).
  • International Photography Awards (IPA) 2009  Honorable Mention (Fashion) and Honorable Mention (Beauty).
  • Photographers Forum Magazine 2009  Finalist (Best of Photography).
  • International Photography Awards (IPA) 2008 Honorable Mention (Fashion), Honorable Mention (Advertising) and Honorable Mention (Digitally Enhanced).

EXHIBITIONS

  • New Surrealisms Brunswick Street Gallery Melbourne, June 2014
  • Down the Rabbit Hole Brunswick Street Gallery Melbourne, April 2011
  • All of the Above Launch  Onefortywilliam Perth, March 2011
  • Beaufort Street Festival  Window installation art for fashion boutiques; Black beret and Indulge Clothing, November 2010
  • Feast Your Eyes II Fremantle Arts Centre, Sept 2010
  • Summer! Little Creatures Brewery Fremantle, Dec 2009
  • Clothespeg Exhibition SlaughterBlouse Perth, Oct 2009
  • Clothespeg Exhibition The National Grid Gallery Sydney, Sept 2009
  • Prelude Exhibition William Street, Sept 2009
  • St. Jeromes Laneway Festival Perth, Feb 2009
  • Big Day Out (band dressing rooms) Perth, Jan 2009
  • Total Exposure Artrage Festival James Street Perth, Sept 2008
  • Clothespeg Exhibition La La Orange - Perth - July 2008