Updated: Dec 22, 2020
Every year I sum up how the year went for me and my business, as we all know, this year has been a little strange.. It’s had it’s ups and downs and some hairy bits in the middle.
As the pandemic hit and the UK went into national lockdown many businesses had to adapt quickly. Amongst this chaos some businesses and opportunities flourished. Businesses such as The Thriving Box Co and Post Snail Press were born and they encouraged us to send surprises in the post to our loved ones, some of my designs were included. The Small Fry Collective produced a ‘Who You Zoomin’?’project to encourage creations and donations for MCR Mind, my illustration was spotted by them and I have since created some more designs for Mind.
With a ban on eating in, The Gherkin veggie/vegan bistro in Levenshulme transformed into a take away with pop-up gift shop that my work was a part of. Getting to know more of Levenshulme lead me to explore more events in the area. This adventure lead me to brave my first outdoor selling event at Levy Market as well as more recently having my work in a pop-up shop at Levenshulme Old Library, as well as running the shop for the day!
In May, I had my busiest month ever on Etsy, this pushed me to find a new way to get orders to my customers quickly and safely. I learnt about Click & Drop by The Royal Mail and have been using it since. This means I can easily print labels at home and drop most parcels into the post box, saving time and keeping others safe.
In June I was extremely lucky to be able to buy my first home with my partner, I have since left my studio at Marketplace Studios and have set up in our box room. This new workspace enables me to pack and ship orders much faster, get into the right headspace much more quickly and saves lots of time on commuting. I can work much later into the evenings now without worrying about getting home in the cold and dark as well as saving unnecessary journeys.
Navigating the changing Covid-19 rules and tier levels has been tricky, then when a second lockdown was announced in November I started to feel a sense of defeat. The Winter markets that I was relying on for income were cancelled combined with 16 days of self isolating. Luckily my step-mum was able to help with the post office runs and that meant that my Etsy shop could stay open and that gave me a focus to get through it.
This year I have been truly amazed by the love and help shared by communities in these weird times. It will be a while before we are able to see the back of Covid but I am extremely grateful for how this year is ending and for all of the opportunities i’ve been given. I also want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has bought work from me and supported my business too, you've really kept me going