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Shooting for Summer

On a balmy day by the London canal, cherry blossoms blowing in through the window at community art studio Stour Space in Hackney Wick, we met to shoot more styles for Altshop’s online festival clothing store.

I feel blessed to work with four beautiful, gifted and strong women, horse-drawn folk singer from Derby Robyn Wallis Johnson, self-proffessed Gelfling-a-like Charlie Bond, fashion student Emma Parry and illustrator and would-be tattoo artist Chelly Surrell.

Some of you may recognise Robyn from some of our photos when she had pink dreads. Since then, she’s crowd-funded an album of songs, been on the road with a horse-drawn solar-power stage show and settled firmly into van life. She has the singing voice of a angel jilted at the altar and a captivating presence – after our last photoshoot she sat on top of a nearby narrowboat with her guitar and lulled a flock of rowdy boaters into a starry-eyed stupor. Great to see you again, Robyn, happy travels.

I first met Actor Charlie at 3 Wishes Fairy Festival in Cornwall, where she was wearing the most stunning fairy ballgown complete with wings. When I found out she was local, I just had to ask her if she would come and model for Altshop and was delighted when she agreed. Amazing energy, great fun and what a talent! Good luck with the release of King Lear in September, Charlie.

Emma moved to Hackney Wick to be involved in it’s vibrant artists’ community and is studying fashion. She uses baggy, oversized cuts in her clothing and innovative ways to drape beautiful, pastel-colour fabric over the human form. I look forward to working and connecting with her more in the future – I love her style, her determination and her gentle ways and have already fallen in love with the clothing she makes by hand.

What a delight to work with Chelly again after so many months. I’m absolutely delighted and very excited to hear that she’ll be training as a tattoo artist and, after she qualifies in illustration very soon, will be taking up a place in a studio and learning the ropes. What an exciting time ahead for you – I cannot think of anything that would suit your drawing style better than INK!!! Keep a steady hand and a steady heart and you will soar. Next time I see you, I will be keeping an eye out for your very own first tattoo, the seashell that will mark the beginning of your journey. Such a mermaid!

Thank you, sisters, for making work such fun.

Keep your eye on the shop as the new styles are added to our shop over the coming few weeks.

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Natasha Wins Our Comp

WE are delighted to announce the winner of our selfie competition, which has been running since summer last year… it’s Natasha Heard from Australia.

She won a shop voucher for £150 to spend with us with this magical selfie.

We hadn’t heard of Natasha or her online shop Blessed Branches before she entered the competition, but we’re now completely in love with her work.

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THE SELFIE: Natasha’s magical vibes.

She and her husband Michael make amazing talismans, jewellery and art out of crystals, clay, wood and charms inspired by nature, spirit animals, runes and pagan sacred symbols. The results are simply stunning magical tools and keepsakes to weave magic and add wonder to your life.

The detailing in the pieces show that this is a labour of love for the couple, who live in by the coast in Old Bar, Australia with their two kids. They often frequent the community craft markets with their beautiful creations.

Natasha, who describes herself as “a natural witch”, invites a “passionate connection to Mother Earth flow into all her creations.”

She admits to being a huge fan of Altshop.co.uk and says that she “just LOVES everything Altshop.”

We were so happy when she sent us this photo of her wearing one of the outfits she spent the voucher on.

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SHE COMES IN COLOURS: Natasha’s new Altshop outfit

If you’d like to see more of Natasha and Micheal’s amazing creations, her Instagram feed is a must-see and you can also check out her Etsy shop HERE.