This is the second of my interviews with creative business owners. I started this series recently in order to share a little bit about the stories behind small businesses and support those who inspire me with their work. This time, I am pleased to introduce Emily from ‘The Dotty Room’. Here is what Emily had to say…
Hey Emily, can you tell me a bit about when and why you set up your creative business?
I opened The Dotty Room in May 2020 after my mental health broke down; I had made some self-care cards with a cute envelope to hold them in and posted them on my personal page. A few people asked me to make some for them too. It sparked something within me to help others with their mental wellbeing – I was already crafting for my own mental health, so I put the two together and the rest is history.
What do you make/create?
The overall theme of my shop is self-care, wellbeing, mental health & awareness, so I make my items with these in mind. I currently make: Journal stickers / Decal stickers / Badges / Magnets / Bracelets / Self-care & self-harm alternative cards / Pocket affirmations deck / Postcards / Custom-made items
What do you enjoy most about your small business?
I love the people I have met through working in this community – both customers and creatives. Without them, it wouldn’t be nearly as enjoyable. I also enjoy the flexibility and autonomy that comes with running an indie business. The thing I love the most is being able to help others, even in a small way. As I have lived experience of mental health and adversity, I consciously try to make a positive impact with everything I do, from listening ad chatting to the products I choose to make and the pretty packaging I use in the hopes of making the recipient feel as special as they are.
What is coming next for The Dotty Room?
I’ve just launched a Patreon community, so my energy will be directed towards cultivating a safe, inclusive environment and creating content for my lovely patrons. I’ll also be working with them behind the scenes on new products; I’ve got a few ideas that I want to start working on, but I’ll zip my lips for now – as my patrons will be the first to know. Some things that I’m up to at the moment are:
– Getting to grips with Posca pens – they’re my favourite medium at the moment and I’m really enjoying working on personal projects with them
– Designing a new collection of decal stickers
And where can people find you?
You can find me in The Dotty Room on Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest & Patreon.
Thank you so much for sharing a bit about the story behind your business, Emily! I am honoured to feature you on my blog and really appreciate you answering my questions.
If you are interested in being featured in my creative business blog series, just leave me a comment below or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time, love and creative business stories