Outer Island’s mission is to bring awareness to the magic of this world by creating products that focus on native plants, animals and habitats. Passionate about the planet, inspiration for products come from being avid birdwatchers, snorkelers and bush walkers who love to travel and love to collect. They focus on making souvenirs about what they feel is the best part of any trip - the environment and the plants and animals that create it. By celebrating nature and allowing it to be part of people’s homes, they hope to inspire people to think about what’s outside their own front door and just how special Australia’s native plants and animals are. Products are made in Australia using only natural materials. Working out of their Darlinghurst studio, Outer Island is the collaboration of partners Amy Ranck (graphic designer) and Stephanie Chambers (artist).
Images: Outer Island, Bird ornaments, 2017. Photo courtesy of Outer Island; Amy and Stephanie from Outer Island. Photo: Mim Sterling
OBJECT SHOP MAKER PROFILE
What is your 'origin story'?! Where did it all start?
We love traveling, collecting and being in nature. I'm from New York and Amy is from Australia so we joke that we're both from islands, which is where the name Outer Island comes from, but really what connects us is our love for collecting and making things. Last year we moved to Sydney from Brooklyn and had our first Aussie Christmas together. Inspired by our endless birding and bushwalking, we wanted to bring the magic of Australian nature to our own Christmas tree. We moved here with our beloved ornament collection, but found it hard to find unique, colourful, well designed Aussie ornaments. So we created our own and Outer Island was born.
Describe the last thing you made?
We were in the studio earlier today experimenting with new ornaments. I was learning to paint a snail, something I haven't done before! It's always fun getting to experiment with new products to see what works and what doesn't.
Where is your favourite spot in Sydney and why?
Our favourite spot in Sydney is Sydney Harbour National Park. It's so easy to get to and you feel like you're completely out of the city. Each time we go something different is in bloom along the track and we always see lots of birds. Plus, there are plenty of beaches along the walk to take a swimming break at.
Who should we be following on Instagram? Who are your favourite local makers?
There are so many local makers that we love. Our favourite is Anna Vu from goodfoodcrapdrawing. She creates such unique drawings and we also learn about a lot of new restaurants through her work! To name just a few others on Instagram: ratatak_ceramics, edithrewa, and anitpastel.
What are your dream project ambitions?
Our ultimate goal would be to have our products very accessible to tourists to provide them with an alternative souvenir that's handmade, actually made in Australia and produced sustainably from natural materials.