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A Coffee With Eco-friendly Artist, Hazel Cotton

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We Had A Chat With Artist Hazel Cotton And Found Out More About Her Most Recent Eco-project.

Hazel Cotton is an artist, designer and eco-fairy. She recently launched her online eco-friendly furniture and interior boutique and we were lucky enough to meet her for a chat.

 Hazel’s online boutique Cotton Creative is a creative and eco-friendly furniture business based in East London. Its philosophy is to create high quality, unusual furniture from a multitude of sumptuous fabrics and arbitrary items accumulated from vintage fairs, shop and Hazel’s own wardrobe.

After taking art for an Art Foundation Level course and studying for a design related degree, Hazel decided first to pursue a buying career in the marketing field and then to explore her more creative skills by launching her online boutique.

Asked about what first got her involved in the eco-friendly industry, Hazel said:

 “I wanted a unique and different piece of furniture for my bedroom but I couldn’t really find anything I liked and all unique pieces were outside of my price range.  So I decided to make my own starting with two bedside tables, closely followed by a mirror.  My friends, who saw them, gave really positive feedback so I thought I would see if there was a market to sell them since I had enjoyed making the pieces.” 

Hazel, who strongly believes in running an eco-friendly business, also told us about her passion for anything that’s eco:

 “My eco passion involves scouring vintage fairs and markets, recycling everything I can, cycling whenever I can, and minimising water use.”

 Talking about the challenges and pleasures of having her own eco-friendly business, Hazel also said:

“The pleasures go from transforming a dull original into a bright, original piece to knowing that minimal new materials are being used in the product creation; knowing each piece is unique; and connecting with other eco-friendly businesses.”

 Moreover, talking about the challenges, Hazel mentioned the difficulty in obtaining materials:

“I have to find suitable base units at a reasonable price which can be challenging.  As pieces are one off, my appeal is limited to a certain market – they aren’t relevant for mass produce buyers, therefore finding customers can be more difficult.”

 Offering hand-crafted, unique pieces, Hazel’s boutique will definitely expand in the next few years. Asked about her future projects, Hazel said: 

“In a few years I see myself as Creative director of Cotton Creates which has a large workshop serving the requirements of individual customers globally, boutique hotels and other outlets that need some decoration.”

 And we really wish her the best of luck. Thanks for our chat, Hazel.

And if you want to learn more about Cotton Creates, please have a look at the following website:

www.cottoncreates.com