Shio Otani is a Melbourne based costume designer. Self confessed crafter, she is interested in all things handmade and works in diverse platforms such as theatre, dance, jewelry design and textiles.
With in depth understanding of dance and movement, Shio is interested in designing garments that are visually cohesive and create meanings with each work. Her designs often combine her love of craft techniques such as knitting, crochet and patchwork.
Shio has designed costumes for award winning companies Back to Back Theatre (Super Discount, Ganesh vs The Third Reich, Food Court, Small Metal Object, Soft), Lucy Guerin Inc. (Weather, Microclimate), Chunky Move (247 Days), as well as for artists including Nicola Gunn (Piece For Person And Ghetto Blaster), Stephanie Lake (Aorta), Jo Lloyd (Public Unpublic, High Maintenance, Hospitals and Airports), Antony Hamilton (Forces x Antony Hamilton), David Rosetzky (Gaps, Untouchable, Hothouse, Custom Made, Summer Blend), Lee Serle (Activate, P.O.V., Framed Moments), Rhian Hinkley (Boz’n’Hok vs Theatre of Speed, Porn Star, Face of the West), Encyclopedia of Animals (Urchin), Ash Keating (Continuum) and 2nd Toe Dance Collective (The Lost Dance Project)
Shio graduated from Victorian Collage of the Arts with BA in Dance and studied Fashion at Box Hill Institute of TAFE. She has also graduated from Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE with Advanced Diploma in Jewelry Design.