I chatted to owner Lynne Burton about her rather unique shop, which caters for everything from jewellery making to textile work - as well of course as having a wealth of products for stampers and mixed media artists. The Altered Element has been established since Nov 2007 and this web-based shop is definitely worth a visit if you are looking for something a little bit unusual to use in your crafting.
What are your product specialisms?
We specialise in supplying a diverse range of essential and hard-to-find items for mixed media, creative textiles, altered art, jewellery making, textile figure making and paper crafts. We wanted to be able to supply a real mixture of items for crafters and artisans who enjoy exploring various media within a single project or as separate art forms.
What are you most proud of in terms of your business?
In their own right, mixed media and creative textiles as art forms are well established, but an interest in combining various materials and techniques in other crafts to produce exciting new effects has been growing. We’re pleased to be able to facilitate unlimited creativity many types of crafting by offering a diverse range of supplies, which is ever-developing in response to our customer’s needs and ideas. In addition, we’re proud of our customer service and real time stock control system, which ensures satisfaction and security in shopping on our website. Our greatest achievement is ongoing with being able to help develop the creativity of our growing number of UK and international customers.
Do you run classes, crops, demos or open days or attend shows?
We currently attend Artisan and hope to add more national shows to our schedule in the future so we can meet and talk to more of our customers face to face. We’re currently working on a workshop itinery which will be advertised on our website and blog in the near future.
Do you have a design team?
We have a very talented design team who each have different crafting sepcialisms, including textiles, jewellery making and altered art. A few of them particularly enjoy working with stamps but apply different techniques with various materials and it is always exciting to see how all of them have applied chosen products from the shop to create very different and amazing pieces. These can be viewed on our blog, http://alteredelement.blogspot.com/
Find out more:
Visit The Altered Element online: http://www.alteredelement.co.uk/
Telephone: 0121 3780765