EcoOctopus tells us about the effects of lockdown on small creative businesses
Hi Lynda – You were planning to take part in the AOH Festival for the first time this May, as part of the Kemp Town trail. Since then life has been put on hold due to lockdown.
Can you tell us a bit about who you are and what you do?
I am a small business selling handmade eco conscious jewellery, recycled cards and organic cotton bags. Materials include ethically sourced gemstones, pressed herbs and flowers, sustainable hemp, recycled copper and glass. I started EcoOctopus in an effort to escape the rat race! It quickly progressed into what is now a full time job.
What challenges has your business faced since we went into lockdown?
I have faced both challenges and new opportunities. The small business community has been extremely supportive and we are cross promoting each other’s services in order to assist. It’s a collaboration and one which I am proud to be part of. There have of course been difficulties. Much of my spring income was anticipated to come from local markets, all of which were cancelled. I was due to participate in the Artists Open Houses Festival as part of the art trail, but this has now been postponed. I was also about to collaborate with a local gallery, which has now closed.
I launched EcoOctopus just 5 months ago so I am young and still building my foundations. Times are tough but I am surviving and am extremely grateful to all those that have bought jewellery and gifts from me over the past month. People seem to like my work and I have solid 5 star reviews… Hope is still on the horizon!
What advice would you give to anyone who is struggling right now?
Hang on in there. Nothing lasts forever. Diversify, think outside the box, take on new challenges and collaborate!
Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
One thing I would like to add is a call not to forget us small business folk now that high street shops are re-opening. Times are tough and we need people’s support more than ever!
Feel free to check out my work! I specialise in eco conscious jewellery but also sell recycled cards and bags. New products are added each week. Please go to https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/EcoOctopus