THE STORY BEHIND THE BRAND
In 2009, a man named Matthew Lawrence discovered an octopus site on the east coast of Australia. He came across a shell bed with about a dozen octopuses living on it. They seemed unconcerned by his presence, roaming and wrestling with each other as he watched. His research found that some time ago, a single object dropped onto the sandy sea bottom; most likely from a boat. The object was made of metal, but became completely overgrown with marine life. This object was only a foot or so long and high, as it sat above the sea floor, but it was a valuable piece of real estate. The largest octopus on the site tended to live near, or on top of the object.
The first octopus to discover the object began to make a den around it and started bringing in scallops to eat. The discarded shells accumulated, and soon began to change the physical properties of the site. They are a much better den-building material than fine sand, and soon a few more dens could be built on the outskirts of the first den. Over time, new octopuses brought even more scallops to eat, leaving even more shells. A positive feedback process was under way: the more octopuses that lived there, the more shells were brought in, and the more dens could be built. Octopolis, with its deep lined dens, became an island of safety in a dangerous area, resulting in the octopuses consistent presence.
This object, scientists believe, was enough to “seed” the site, in the same way a single object can seed the growth of a crystal. Due to the fact that nobody knows what the shiny object is, I began to imagine and design my own version of it. Eventually, I named it ‘Phyllos’ which translates in Greek to ‘a friend of Phyllis’.
It is my hope that with every piece bought from my shop, you will gain a new friend. Just as an octopus was able to grow it’s own community, from a single starting piece.