In an industrial property in Barking, East London, Lola Lely and Yesenia Thibault-Picazo are busy reinventing the medieval craft of chandlery. “We’re very proud to carry manufacturing again to an space that when had a robust heritage of manufacturing on a regular basis items for London,” explains Lola. “Wicker baskets, matches, cleaning soap, pencils, paint tins and toys have been all made right here … It’s a robust heritage that has since vanished from the world. By means of our challenge, we’re bringing again this exercise to the world.”
Above: Wax Atelier’s inexperienced tea tapered candles.
The challenge is Wax Atelier. Based in 2018, the studio focuses on luxurious hand-dipped candles and waxed items, together with waxed material baggage and waxed linen wraps. Their items are stocked in 15 nations worldwide, and they’re at present engaged on a collection of latest product launches for TOAST, Paul Smith, and Matthew Williamson amongst others. We converse to the artistic duo to seek out out about their course of and the age-old enchantment of working with wax …
Above: Wax Atelier’s pink blossom tapered candles.
Each Lola and Yesenia studied design: Lola on the Royal Gather of Artwork; Yesenia at Central Saint Martins the place they later taught collectively. What unites them is their ardour for exploration and experimentation: “Neither of us is anchored or outlined by a selected observe,” Yesenia explains. “We each take pleasure in navigating the area between.”
Above: The twisted pink candle.
The chance to take action happened when the pair determined to pursue a short they’d set their very own college students. “Our first temporary required the scholars to take a look at one materials and to discover it by way of a really broad spectrum: technical, historic, socio-economic, to grasp its previous and sustainable future. For enjoyable, we of set ourselves the identical temporary and methodology …”
Above: Textile samples dyed utilizing pure elements similar to madder root, chamomile and ivy.
As Lola explains, they shortly turned fascinated by the historic and cultural richness of wax: “As makers who take pleasure in working with our arms, we have been each intrigued by the transformative nature of this uncooked materials. It will possibly remodel from a stable to a liquid state inside seconds, it’s malleable, tactile, impermeable, straightforward to work with—and it has this stunning scent!”
Above: Wax Atelier’s waxed linen meals wraps. “We’re fascinated by the in depth potentialities of this pure materials and are consistently discovering new issues about our chosen materials.”
Initially, they started experimenting with hand-dipped candles, fabricating their very own jigs that are threaded with wick and double-dipped into honey-scented vats of simmering wax to supply a sublime, tapered design. “We’ve got developed our personal recipes over time by way of a variety of trial and error,” explains Yesenia. “We use solely pure supplies similar to beeswax, plant waxes similar to rose wax and inexperienced tea wax, and in addition pure dyes similar to madder root for shade.” A brand new assortment of candles comprised of a mix of beeswax and orange wax—a by-product from the orange juice trade—is deliberate for this winter.