Environments by Olga Bennett + Giveaway (yes, another one!)

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Monday 16th May 2011

Environments – creative workspaces photographed by Olga Bennett, with text by Sarah Caldwell

Images and layouts from Olga’s book, Environments. These photos document the workspaces of Amber Wallis and Kim Kneipp

Olga Bennett is a Melbourne-based, self taught photographer.  She loves to shoot portraits and creative workspaces, and this passion has inspired her to create a beautiful little self-published book entitled ‘Environments.

Environments started as a little self-indulgent project.” Olga explains…  “I decided to get in touch with a few creative people whose work I’ve been admiring for ages, and asked if I could come around and take some images of their studios…. While focusing on the details of the space and behind the scenes moments, I was hoping to capture the person who works in the space, without necessarily pointing my camera at them directly.   I’ve been always inspired by documentary photography in my work and I tried to document those spaces as they are: messy, ordered, casual.”

Environments features the creative spaces of many talented local favourites (and previous TDF interviewees!) including graphic designer / illustrator Marc Martin, artists Miso and Ghostpatrol, graphic designer Suzy Tuxen, artist Amber Wallis and graphic designer / illustrator Luci Everett (who also did the beautiful hand-drawn lettering for the book).   Each chapter features a different workspace accompanied by a short interview with each creative, written by Olga’s friend and collaborator Sarah Caldwell.

Olga has printed only 150 copies of the book, and all of them are numbered and signed.  At just $34.00 they’re bound to sell out super quick!  Pop over to Olga’s Bigcartel store to nab a copy and support this lovely local project!

OF COURSE, in keeping with a recurrent theme around here, Olga has also kindly offered one copy of her book as a giveaway for one lucky Design Files reader! To be in the running, simply leave your comment on this post today, Monday May 16th, before 10.00pm Melbourne time!  A winner will be selected at random and contacted by email tomorrow.

*UPDATE – thanks so much for all your comments and support for Olga’s project!  A winner has now been drawn at random – comment  #68 – congratulations Laura!

ps. Olga has a lovely blog too!

Layouts from Olga’s book – these images document the workspaces of Belinda Kennedy and Suzy Tuxen.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Monday 16th May 2011


  • Connie 5 years ago

    I love looking at people’s “environments.” It looks like a lovely book!

  • alice 5 years ago

    beautiful photos! very talented Olga Bennett…

  • Leah 5 years ago

    This book looks absolutely stunning!

  • AmandaT 5 years ago

    Oh what a wonderful book – great images! I’d love a copy of my own, especially one I don’t have to justify as I won it :)

  • Niki Hodgson 5 years ago

    Thank you for introducing us to a great new blogger.
    Another fantastic post.

    Niki @

  • Louise 5 years ago

    Beautiful book! Thank you for the giveaway :)

  • Olivia 5 years ago

    Looks like a truly inspiring book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy :)

  • Jennifer Kate 5 years ago

    Stunning photography (love the one of the cat!) and it looks like its a lovely inspirational read.

  • Sandra 5 years ago

    Beautiful images! Good luck selling it! I am sure buyers will be very happy of adding this book tiotheir collection… Thank you fir the give away….

  • Grace 5 years ago

    Ohh I absoloutley love Olgas work, i have been followling her for a year now, her photographs are always capturing the sense of place within.

  • Caryl 5 years ago

    Great looking book..Will be buying it if I don’t win. I love getting an idea of how creative people create!

  • c los 5 years ago

    I just brought myself the book! Thanks for the link!! :)

  • Tess 5 years ago

    What a beautiful idea! Capturing the space of another with such beautiful photos… I cannot wait to see the rest of the book!

  • di 5 years ago

    love the image of the potted succulents… di

  • Nadine 5 years ago

    just sublime…!

  • Sarah B 5 years ago

    I love good sticky- beak so this book looks great!

  • Maria Hannaford 5 years ago

    What a gorgeous coffee table book! Would love it!

  • Pepper 5 years ago

    oh how beautiful! what an inspiration, or a way to dream away a few hours with a cup of tea.
    lovely! x

  • Sian 5 years ago

    inspiring photos :)

  • Michelle 5 years ago

    Beautiful photos and artistic compositions. a lovely book.

  • Ange 5 years ago

    Olga’s work looks great, keen to see more ;)

  • sandra 5 years ago

    simply lovely.

  • kristy 5 years ago

    beautiful !

  • Cathg1g2 5 years ago

    I’m in! It’s def my turn to win, gotta convert this tiny desk with a Mac and a few bits and bobs into something a lil more inspiring like Olga’s pics. Hurrah for being self taught!

  • Gabriela 5 years ago

    wow. how lovely and inspiring.

  • Lisette 5 years ago

    jfaasssgdgghhhaaahhh more giveaways how excitement!

  • Elizabeth 5 years ago

    Very inspiring photographs. Beautiful book. x

  • Paula 5 years ago

    A path to discovering more talent.

  • Anna 5 years ago

    Beautiful images by Olga, just stunning!

  • Kylie 5 years ago

    How very lovely.

  • Liz 5 years ago

    What a fantastic idea. Fingers crossed

  • Claire 5 years ago


  • Ophelia 5 years ago

    I wish I had a studio that looked so creative.

  • Lou 5 years ago

    Gorgeous pics – great idea

  • Marie Biswell 5 years ago

    Such beautiful photos, I love seeing other peoples work spaces!

  • Talia 5 years ago

    Looks beautiful :)

  • Grant 5 years ago

    there is nothing better to inspire you to go to work than looking at creative workspaces. Thanks for putting together such a beautiful book

  • Bev 5 years ago

    Looks fantastic would love to win.

  • Natalia 5 years ago

    Beautiful book, I want one!

  • sarah 5 years ago

    Wow…what a beautiful book!. I have just started learning about photography and this would be such a great source of inspiration….magic!

  • wendy 5 years ago

    would be very inspired with this book…

  • Alice 5 years ago

    Definitely need to get my hands on a copy of Environments!

  • oscarlulu 5 years ago

    Stunning – and very inspiring! Fingers crossed.

    Thank you for introducing us to another fine blogger :)

  • ash 5 years ago

    Inspiring . I love Olga’s photographs. I am sure these books wont last long

  • Margie 5 years ago

    I am always so amazed at how a skilled photographer can make the presentation of an idea so much more appealing… my photographs just don’t cut it… Looking at Olga’s work is sublime.

  • Erin Hoey 5 years ago

    Beautiful, what fantastic photos

  • Mandy 5 years ago

    The images look fantastic..
    fingers crossed!

  • Chloe Kurts 5 years ago

    amazing book. love love love

  • Kylie 5 years ago

    Great photos!

  • Tess Robinson 5 years ago


  • Emma 5 years ago

    Oooh how exciting, I love sticky beaking at other peoples spaces and what gorgeous imagery.

  • Maddy 5 years ago

    Gorgeous pics!

  • Fiona Edge 5 years ago

    Gorgeous – A visual treat

  • Tars 5 years ago

    I’m always inspired by anybody who takes creativity into their own hands.

  • tess 5 years ago

    Wow, gorgeous! I love having a squiz at creative spaces (don’t we all?). And yay for Luci! Her work is also amazing.

  • Rachel 5 years ago

    So pretty. Thank you

  • Grace Crawshaw-McLean 5 years ago

    Oh such a pretty scene! And beautiful airy photos : )

  • Kathleen 5 years ago

    One for the coffee table – gorgeous and inspiring! Thanks for introducing us to a wonder new blog too! x

  • Jess 5 years ago

    The creatvity & inspiration is just amazing,

  • leah 5 years ago

    Ohh I absoloutley love Olgas work, her photographs are always capturing the sense of place within.
    thank you xxx

  • Jacqui 5 years ago

    beautiful & inspiring, and the book is great too!

  • Christina 5 years ago

    That looks really inspiring…

  • John B 5 years ago

    Great book. If I don’t win one I’ll buy one.

  • Claire 5 years ago

    Lovely photography, Olga seems like a nice lady!

  • Nat Power 5 years ago

    This is beautiful and I had never heard of Olga Bennett. Thanks for the e-intro. And great to finally meet you at the L&F Hotel Room launch, I hope we run into each other again.

  • Andy B 5 years ago

    Great book, beautiful!!

  • Jane 5 years ago

    Oh I love getting a lookin at what others are doing! What a fabulous book.

  • Laura 5 years ago

    absolutely gorgeous! beautiful photos! X

  • paula mills 5 years ago

    wow, more hugely inspiring work to look at, who wouldn’t want this book? Thanks!

  • Eleanor 5 years ago

    oh wow, yes please! x

  • Joanna 5 years ago

    gorgeous and inspiring. And nice to indulge our voyeuristic streaks!

  • Liza 5 years ago

    I love seeing other people’s work spaces, where they think, create, dream, very inspiring thankyou for sharing xxx

  • jonahliza 5 years ago

    what an inspiring book. thanks for the lovely giveaway! crossing fingers.. have a nice week <3

  • leah 5 years ago

    The book looks fantastic.. It is already on my wish list.
    fingers crossed xxx

  • Wendy 5 years ago

    I love having a stickybeak into the creative world – thanks Olga!

  • Dominique 5 years ago

    there is nothing more wonderful than seeing creatives’ workspaces. absolutely lovely.

  • Bron66 5 years ago

    A beautiful book! I would love to win it!

  • Madeleine 5 years ago

    Inspiring, beautiful book.

  • Sarah 5 years ago

    Beautiful photo’s, looks like a gorgeous book x

  • Kate 5 years ago

    utterly gorgeous. great work.

  • CJ 5 years ago

    I’m going to cross my fingers for the giveaway but buy the book if I don’t – can’t wait either way!

  • Marjory 5 years ago

    Beautiful; she makes the ordinary look extraordinary.

  • Catherine 5 years ago

    Lovely to see these creative workspaces – gives me lots of ideas for making over my own!
    many thanks for another great giveaway

  • teresa 5 years ago

    Oooh another book of creative inspirations! The photos look amazing. Thanks again DF for another wonderful giveaway

  • Amanda 5 years ago

    Such a gorgeous inspirational book… crossing fingers now :)

  • julia piggin 5 years ago

    On my wishlist…(birthday coming up soon, otherwise Christmas)!

  • Melanie 5 years ago

    A great reflection of life imitating art. Beautiful.

  • Ang Glover 5 years ago

    I have one empty coffee table looking to be filled..

  • ruth hickson 5 years ago

    Very inspiring both the creator and artists involved

  • Jenny 5 years ago

    Nice work!

  • nicki 5 years ago

    Love love a beautiful “wish I’d done that, been there, saw that” book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Bec 5 years ago

    Oh lovely and so local! Thanks for again presenting Australian design, so many blogs out there who don’t.

  • sally M 5 years ago

    what a book!

  • lindsay 5 years ago

    so nice!

  • Paula 5 years ago

    If I dont win I am going to buy a copy anyway. Looks fabulous and inspiring.

  • Jasmine 5 years ago

    Simply Stunning.. Pick me pick me ;)

  • Dana 5 years ago

    Beautiful work :)

  • Lyndal 5 years ago

    A nice way to indulge the voyeur in me…

  • victoria McKenzie 5 years ago

    gorgeous …yes please

  • miss ellie 5 years ago

    p.r.e.t.t.y (i like it very muchly)

  • Lizzie Kennedy 5 years ago

    I was just looking at this book on her blog the other day! Would love to go in the draw.

  • shipbuilding 5 years ago

    Oh, I’ve been lusting after this book since I first heard about it. It look gorgeous and inspiring.

  • priscilla 5 years ago

    lovely to nosy into people’s spaces, is the cat real?

  • Emma 5 years ago

    I’m into week three of my new photography course and was just thinking how I needed to start collecting some great ref books….what a way to start!

  • Judy 5 years ago

    Thanks for the chance to win such an amazing insight into the lives of those creative people who make a difference to me just by admiring …!!

  • Ponygirl 5 years ago

    Gorgeous, thanks for sharing. :)

  • Anna Di Pietro 5 years ago

    This book looks beautiful!

  • Kerrie-Anne Bennett 5 years ago

    A great idea for a book, I love seeing how creative people live and work.

  • Vanessa 5 years ago

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity :) The book looks gorgeous and very inspiring, and would make my coffee table environment ever so more lovely!

  • Ike Levick 5 years ago

    I love Olga’s work! I wrote an article for Extra Curricular magazine about Melbourne-based ceramic artist Belinda Kennedy recently, and Olga’s pics of Belinda’s work and studio accompanied the piece. Ever since, she has popped up and I am consistently impressed by her pics. Would LOVE to win a copy of her special book!
    Thank you for your great blog, which I read all the time, it is so inspirational and your pics and fantastic too!

  • Su 5 years ago

    Would love her book, I’m sure she’ll be an inspiration to the landscapes I work with.

  • Margo 5 years ago

    what a divine read! Yes please!!

  • Sophie 5 years ago

    Would love to be inspired by this!

  • Beth 5 years ago

    It’s always inspiring to see how the creatives live…..

  • Luz 5 years ago

    Lovely work Olga!!

  • Ellie 5 years ago

    simply beautiful.

  • Anna 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. Olga’s stuff looks great!

  • 3 windows 5 years ago

    I too am such a voyeur of creative works spaces ………. not quite sure what the allure is??? the birth place of creation ????

  • Jane 5 years ago

    How lucky we are to see these hidden spaces!

  • Chris 5 years ago

    self taught, self published – way to go grrrrrl!!

  • Lorena Mair 5 years ago

    Oh wow, I’d love to have this one!

  • Kendall Manz 5 years ago

    Those muted colours are incredible! It would put a finishing touch on a wonderful birthday haha x

  • Emily 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your book Olga and thanks for the giveaway

  • Adelaida 5 years ago

    So inspiring :)

  • decoro 5 years ago

    that is my kind of book – one full of inspiration to be creative

  • Sam 5 years ago

    Just gorgeous!

  • okologi 5 years ago

    cute book! would be a nice one to add to my collection…

  • sharnee Thorpe 5 years ago

    i love books

  • Belinda 5 years ago

    Olga is so talented, isn’t she? She made great clothes for a short while too – I was lucky to get my hands on a piece. She is just great at everything she does.

  • Beth 5 years ago

    wow, love the font used in those headings!

  • Giselle 5 years ago

    Looks earthy and inspiring.

  • fleur elise 5 years ago

    What great inspiration!

  • Alyce 5 years ago

    I now have a new idol!!!! I’m studying photography and am inspired by these photographs! xxx pretty please with a cherry on top!

  • Karen 5 years ago

    Very Inspiring

  • Laura 5 years ago

    This book is absolutely stunning. Her photography skills are are so perfect and dreamy. I could live inside that book!

  • Julia 5 years ago

    A superb concept for a photography book. Sharing self-created environments that facilitate creativity is just a brilliant idea and one that I would love to explore further.

  • onefinelady 5 years ago

    Such peaceful meditations. Imagine if everyone produced something as lush as this…

  • Jacinta 5 years ago

    I love Olga Bennett and her beautiful Hasselblad photos. Yum! Medium format film!

  • Jessica Nicol 5 years ago

    Just stunning and so special!

  • Carla 5 years ago

    Olga’s work is great and I love Suzy Tuxen’s design work for AFOM as well. Yes please…

  • Cath W 5 years ago

    Beautiful – and another lovely blog to enjoy.

  • Nicole B. 5 years ago

    Lovely, lovely. Certainly a book to draw inspiration from! xx

  • Vanessa 5 years ago

    Dying at that Jielde Signal lamp. I’ve had one on my wishlist for ever…
    Count me in for the giveaway!

  • emma 5 years ago

    pick me! pick me!

  • Laura 5 years ago

    What a wonderful book, I’m always inspired by artists working spaces and the messy/organised conumdrum each resolves in their own way. congrats on the book and a great give away….

  • siska 5 years ago


  • Anna 5 years ago

    Crossing my fingers!

  • Gaz 5 years ago

    Wow, looks like a great read. Fingers crossed!

  • cleamoureuse 5 years ago

    would love to read this in my warm bed with a cuppa and a biscuit….bliss

  • Narelle 5 years ago


  • rachael 5 years ago

    oh i would love to look into other people’s studio spaces…

  • ana 5 years ago

    oh so lovely!!!
    I hope I win. :)

  • Bianca 5 years ago

    Lovely photos. I love photographs that don’t look as though they are ‘too done’ . Beautiful.

  • Michelle 5 years ago

    The photos look gorgeous!

  • Jennifer 5 years ago

    Beautiful photos, and it’s great to see the natural beauty that surrounds the creative mind at work!

  • Tall Rabbit 5 years ago

    If only my workspace looked half as good as these!

  • E-Gene 5 years ago

    Always inspiring to see how others choose to express their creativity in their personal space.

  • 5 years ago

    Beautiful pictures. Love the colors. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  • May 5 years ago

    Oh I’ve been keeping an eye on Olga’s book for awhile glad it’s now printed and ready for purchase!!

  • Benoit Touche 5 years ago

    Looks like a pretty good book, very inspiring… Really cool. Congrats

  • Audrey 5 years ago

    I just popped over to her website and it’s beautiful. Very inspiring stuff. I love seeing creative people in their work enviornments as well, and I’d love to own the book.

  • Lee 5 years ago

    What an amazing book. I think I might pop over to here website and see if there are any books still available. Thanks for sharing this.

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