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Pioneering Inspiration

Just up the coast from us, one of our favourite Cornish clothing companies have their clifftop HQ. 

Creating beautiful products – think recycled jackets to keep out the easterlies, organic cotton smocks, fishermen’s jumpers, workwear denim and chunky marled socks – made sustainably with an affinity for the sea. Finisterre has an intrinsically cool coastal vibe.  

Their recent collaboration with The Natural History Museum has inspired a collection of products celebrating nature. We, of course, spotted this seaweed print poncho that we wanted to share with you. Waterproof Seaweed Poncho by Finisterre

The print is from an archive photograph by Anna Atkins (1799-1871) an English botanist who took the most beautiful cyanotype prints of British algae. She was the first person ever to illustrate a book using photographic images and - it could be argued - the very first female photographer. She also clearly loved seaweed.

Seaweed cyanotype prints by photographer Anna Atkins
Seaweed cyanotype print by Anna Atkins

Seaweed cyanotype prints by Anna Atkins 

Check out Finisterre and the inspiring story behind the pioneering photographic work of Anna Atkins… 

Images courtesy of The Natural History Museum

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