Author: Lou Archell

Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and the founder of Sisterhood Camp. Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and can be found over on her blog Littlegreenshed, where she shares her life, loves and inspiration. Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.
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At UWC there was room for everyone independently of race, culture and sexuality. To sum it up in the most clichéd way possible I learned to appreciate beauty of diversity and the importance of representation. I made it my mission to advocate that realism is beautiful.

Underwear became a symbol of this mission. In collaboration with a very talented designer we hosted focus groups and a ton of fittings, to learn exactly what boobs and buts look and feel like. We quickly found that when underwear just sit comfortably around your features, you lost the feeling that your bra distorts your look, you know? No pushing, pulling, tightening or tugging – that was extremely empowering.

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Dried flowers are making a comeback which is wonderful because first of all it means that we are recycling flowers more and adding to the sustainability of the industry but also because it becomes inexpensive for people to make projects themselves with flowers that they have dried out. It also means no water or floral foam which is also making your carbon footprint a considered one. We also love the foraged section. We are really into foraging, we love seasonality and what the local environment has to offer. We like that you can have a little walk along a canal or in the countryside and pick up a few things that nature has scattered and make something at the end of the day that will remind you of that time in nature.

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Bristol based beauty company, Wild Source Apothecary, kindly provided their pink clay mask for the goody bags at our recent event in London in January. Lou Archell caught up with founder, Katie Roath, to discover more about their products and studio.

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My work is probably best summed up as telling stories of people, place and plate; whether that’s a maker in their studio, a producer in the field or a night’s feasting. At the moment I’m living in Brixton, where I’ve been on and off for about five years and spend most of my time in Brockwell park, which I absolutely love but really I still like to tell myself that I live on the Isle of Wight (where I grew up). I try to split my time between the two as I go a bit mad if I’m without the countryside for too long and my family still lives down there so it’s lovely to go back regularly. 

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I make wheel-thrown pottery from my small workshop in North Cornwall. I often work for restaurants, and am lucky to have made tableware for some amazing chefs, but mostly I just love making pots for anyone who enjoys them.  I also have two young kids (Wren 6 & Fred 5) and my husband Andrew is an illustrator/wood turner. We both work from separate sheds in our garden, and work and life is happily very blurred.

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Last month we held our first ever London event.  It’s been a long term plan to take Sisterhood out of the South West and on the road to meet you all.  So it was so exciting to be in the big smoke. Houzz had invited us to take over the ‘house’ for a day in…

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We are always open to new ways of looking after ourselves.  A chance to relax, eat healthily and nourish body, mind and spirit.   The power of crystals though is relatively new to me, although I have collected them throughout my life, I’ve not really considered how that can help with our moods and clarity. There…