Supporting Independent Businesses during Lockdown

We’ll soon be updating our website to reflect on work we’ve produced over the last couple of years. As lockdown still finds many of us in a state of limbo, we’ve taken this time to check back on some of our favourite bits and pieces of work completed during lockdown.⁠

The small and independent businesses we work alongside have suffered setbacks and complications during this period, but have countered this uncertainty with tremendous resilience and focus. Instead of catching ourselves in the chaos, we dived right back into work and continued to support our clients with whatever they’ve needed.

Most importantly, we hope everyone is staying safe and connected with their families and loved ones.⁠

Supporting Independent Businesses during Lockdown
Supporting Independent Businesses during Lockdown

Seagulls Paint

Seagulls took a big hit during lockdown, yet never did they stray from their mission of spreading happiness, support, and paint to the communities in need most. Friends of the studio, whatever they needed we were happy to deliver.⁠

There is no other place to go for paint.

Please go visit their page to see some of the ways you can support them and their community-led ethos on their website. They just released this limited edition 7 colour screen print using our design based on their original mosaic.⁠

Supporting Independent Businesses during Lockdown
Supporting Independent Businesses during Lockdown

Lockdown in the UK saw Prashad set out on their Community Chaat mission, a campaign to feed keyworkers and healthcare heroes in their local community. ⁠

Upon reopening, Turtle and Hare supplied Prashad with fresh, necessary signage, floor stickers and single use menus, to ensure all returning customers could enjoy Prashad staples such as the Pethis or their mouth-watering Chole.⁠

See our full visual identity for Prashads here.

Supporting Independent Businesses during Lockdown
Supporting Independent Businesses during Lockdown

Luckily for us long-time collaborator Rikki Chan has a decked out home photography studio, and he helped out with our next client. So those that are in need of some fresh and exciting product photos, he’s your man.⁠

With sustainability at its core, Zero Muda offers a plastic-free, expertly designed refill shopping experience, offering its customers a new way of zero-wastefulness shopping. Utilising local and circular practises, this Hosforth establishment keeps waste on the downlow, channelling profits back into local community projects to build a more sustainable and happier place to be and live.⁠

If you haven’t already, grab your spare jars and go stock up on the essentials.⁠ See the full Zero Muda project here.

Supporting Independent Businesses during Lockdown
Supporting Independent Businesses during Lockdown

You can feel the frustration, it’s palpable, of newly opened businesses who were set for their first, long hot summer of trading. Despite the obvious, Manjit and Michael have maintained their smiles however frustrating the last handful of months have been.⁠

Good news for everyone though: Manjit Kitchen is open, and ready for you to enjoy their menu. Thankfully, we’ve been able to enjoy an Indian picnic on more than one occassion, with Manjit joking that Turtle and Hare always orders ‘absolutely everything’ – but when you know, you know. Right?⁠

See our kickstarter video we created for Manjit here.

Supporting Independent Businesses during Lockdown
Supporting Independent Businesses during Lockdown

We hear they call him Top Chef in Jamaica. Unfortunately for Tim he got caught on the wrong side of COVID and found himself back in the U.K during lockdown. But that’s no bad ting – it meant Leeds could get a bellyful of weekly Soul Shack Jamaican care package deliveries. It was like having your own personal chef: new week, new menus, new designs.⁠


Some highlights: stuffed dumplings, BARBI-FRY, smoked ox-tail, Guava Lamb, and BBQ pineapple with orange cheesecake ice cream (lol). And for anyone who missed out on having handmade patties in their freezers during lockdown, we are sorry. ⁠

See the our full Soul Shack project here.