Working with other creative product based businesses is a pleasure and an honour. Collaboration is the action of working with someone to produce something, whether it is a new product, a podcast, an article or an event. The collaborative outcomes can be unique, bespoke and a one-of-a-kind product.
Collaborating with other brands and creatives is a perfect way to share your own knowledge, as well as learning new skills and develop new working relationships. It can create a win-win situation by sharing your products within each others' audiences and sharing the creative processes together.
These are many reasons to team up with other product based businesses. An illustrator can complement a person who makes enamel pins, or make a new design for an embroidery hoop. I love seeing sweatshirts, mugs, and prints with bold and eye catching designs, that perhaps you just wouldn't see anywhere else.
Key reasons for collaborating:
Learn new skills
Create unique beautiful products/events/things together
Develop new working and personal relationships
Expand your customer base
I also love seeing other brand and creative small business collaborations. For example, Sketchy Muma, an illustrator from Cornwall, recently teamed up with Bumble and Goose to make the most delicious looking biscuits with her poignant illustrations 'Sketchy Muma Virtual Hug Brownies and Biscuits Friendship Hug' . I really love the 'Get the kettle on' biscuit drawing.
I also love Imogen at Roundabout ceramics work - she recently teamed up with Shrimp's House to make a two toned lime and cobalt mug. The colours are amazing and I would love to drink from it all day long!!
We have recently started working with some amazing creatives; here are a few of those below:
Badger & Birch X Hazel & Blue - Terrazo Soy Candle/Candle Making Kit
Working with Hazel from Badger & Birch is a dream. She is probably the most hard-working woman I know with a beautiful heart and the most amazing hand made terrazzo products. Hazel and I have worked together previously in the past, I have made her some soy candles and soy tea lights, so it felt natural to team up together to create something special.
I knew that having one of Hazel's Eco resin Terrazzo candle container filled with our blended soy wax would make a beautiful vegan friendly candle! Combining her handmade terrazzo with recycled oyster shells containers with our soy candle wax and vegan friendly candle oils was the perfect match!
Our crafty customers also asked for some new bespoke vessels to make new soy candles in, so we have recently created an exclusive Badger & Birch Eco Resin Terrazo candle making kit.
Whether you prefer your soy candle ready made or the options to make one yourself, both options should be perfect for you!
The new blends for our collaboration were inspired by Hazel's hometown of Cornwall and the sea. Its a beautiful sea inspired scent of Sea Salt & Wood for the terrazzo candle and Damson Plum, Rose & Patchouli for the candle making kit.
With the candle making kit, everything is included to make your own terrazzo soy candle, including the soy wax, cotton and linen wick, vegan friendly oils as well as an optional thermometer - Badger & Birch .
Gemma Wightman X Hazel & Blue Collaboration - Couples Soy Candle Making Kit
Gemma Wightman is a fellow Not on the High Street partner and we bonded over shared experiences and a love of candles and ceramics! I had admired Gemma's work for a while as she makes the most beautiful hand thrown porcelain products, so I was really excited to be working with her! Together we wanted to create a 'Couples Candle Making Kit'. The idea was to create a candle making kit which couples could do together using Gemma's beautiful Ebb & Flow candle containers. The special thing about this bespoke kit was that when you light the two candles together it creates a new unique combined scent of bergamot and lavender. gemmawightmanceramics.com
The Crafting Kind X Hazel & Blue 'Crafting Kits'
When you see a new business on Instagram and can immediately resonate with their style and ethos, I knew that when Kathryn approached me, I wanted to work with her! Her craft kits are just so beautiful and I love the attention to detail and aesthetics she puts into her kits. We joined forces to make some of our soy tea lights for her kits. Our most recent make is for a brand new add-on extra for her kits, including a selection of soy tea lights, mindfulness postcards and crystal thumbstones - coming soon! We are crafting kind
Katie Bentley X Hazel & Blue "Shine your Light' Soy Candle
I love that certain words and phrases can instantly make you feel better, inspire you and make you feel more positive, so translating this feeling onto one of our candles was always on my wish list! When I discovered Katie's work on Instagram, I instantly knew I wanted to work with her. Her style was calming and botanical in nature and the colours she used in her ceramics were beautiful!
We chose two different phrases to be put onto Katie's porcelain candle containers, a larger soy candle for the main display table with 'All is Calm, all is bright' and a medium container with 'Let your light shine'. The scent had to be both relaxing and uplifting for the 'Let your light shine' candle so we chose a beautiful blend of citrus grapefruit, floral blooms and musky base notes for this candle, so you can feel both relaxed and refreshed at the same time. Katie Bentley/Etsy
Collaborating with other product based business is a wonderful way to make new friendships and create unique products together. It is also for a solo maker a refreshing way to work with other like-minded souls. I love this new way of working and hope that it will be a solid part of our future business here at Hazel & Blue.
We love to collaborate with like-minded brands and small businesses. If you would like to collaborate with us, please do get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org - we would love to hear from you!