Otis started leatherworking as a hobby during his BA in English Literature. He soon found himself spending all his money on leather and all his time cutting and stitching.
After two years’ practice, he was accepted for an internship at Bill Amberg Studio. This developed his skills and confirmed his passion. In 2013, Otis founded OTZI leather design studio, working with interior designers, artists and brands to create unique, functional pieces. He is studying for an MA in Product & Furniture Design at Kingston University.
“I want to push the boundaries of leatherwork in furniture and product design. The QEST Leathersellers’ Company Scholarship means I can take on fewer commissions to fund my studies and devote the time to experimentation.”