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Edith Otto

Edith Otto
Email: edith1853@aol.com
Website: http://edithlagunabeach.com/
Mediums: Clothing
Exhibitor: Summer Festival

Edith Otto
Edith Otto

Watching old movies as a young girl, Edith Otto didn’t dream of becoming a famous actress; instead, she admired the colors, seams and distinct style of the clothing in the movies of the 1930s and 1940s. This early fascination signaled her life’s destiny to become a textile artist. Edith designs garments for people she refers to as “individualists.”“Women tell me they are empowered by the things they wear, and they really feel good wearing my clothes,” Edith says, adding that many of her clients live in Laguna. She herself has made her home in Laguna Beach for about 42 years, and loves sharing her unique sense of style with residents–and visitors. Her grandmother’s seamstress talents combined with her mother’s creative edge, gave Edith the basics of her trade, a now 40-year textile business she refers to simply as Edith. Most recently Edith has been making a variety of hand-dyed velvet hats, dresses and jackets at her new Laguna Beach location along Laguna Canyon Road. “I really like to make hats,” she reveals. “Each one has a sculpture [attached] … I wire up a little sculpture and put it on a hat.” Edith’s use of feathers, lace, velvet leaves, stones and pearls give character to each hat. “Hats can notoriously be over the top, but I consider mine to be sensible. You could walk down the street in them,” she says. Edith has embraced the community her business has flourished in over the years, and says the feeling has been reciprocated, especially by other artists in the community. “There are so many artists here,” she says. “Each one is different, like the art they create. It’s really special to be an artist and live here near another group of people you can relate to. It’s like a tremendously creative beehive here.” Edith’s inspired by the artists around her and sees the community’s artistic oasis as an appealing pull to visitors. “I think that is what draws people to Laguna—the artists, free thinkers and bohemian edge.”