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Canada150 – Canadian Designers Celebrate with Signature Designs

On July 1st, Canada will have at least 150 reasons to party. To celebrate the nation’s 150th birthday, we asked a few Canadian designers these two questions:

  1. What does Canada’s 150th birthday signify for you?
  2. If you were to give Canada a birthday gift, from your design collection, what would it be?

Canada's 150th Birthday Bucket Bag Wool Arctic White

GŌBLE

Based in London, Ontario, Cindy Goble’s luxury brand GŌBLE focuses on effortless and comfortable fashion for women. Goble learned to knit at an early age, taught by her mother. It is a skill that she has since shared with her daughter. Working only with top-quality wools, GŌBLE designs luxurious knitwear. The collection also includes a stunning range of silk scarves. Please read the full story about this designer here.

Cindy Goble:
I am proud and grateful to call this vast and diverse country my home. Both of my parents were European immigrants who found freedom, safety and success here in Canada. Creating a new life of choice in this country, my father became a hardworking, successful entrepreneur, and my mother a creative homemaker. They both inspired me to follow suit.

My parents took us on a road trip through the Canadian prairies and to the West Coast. Skiing the Rockies near Lake Louise in Alberta solidified my love for Canada. Venturing east through the Maritimes and out to the “Rock” opened my eyes to the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean and stunning Newfoundland landscapes.

Canada's 150th Birthday Infinity Shawl Wool Maritime Blue

My birthday gift to Canada is my Canadiana Collection – available only in 2017. Canadian travels were the inspiration for this GŌBLE Canadiana Collection, and I am proud to present four major Canadian landscapes the designs:

Arctic – snow and ice
Maritimes – lakes and oceans
Prairies – wheat fields
Rockies – rock and mountains

This special anniversary collection also addresses the diversity of the Canadian seasons. There are hand knits to comfort and keep us warm in winter. In warmer months, the soft, caress of luxury silk scarves adds a light touch. This capsule collection is my tribute to the country I love and call home – the true North, strong and free!

Canada's 150th Birthday Silk Print Scarves Inspired Canadian Landscape Arctic

Take advantage of a 15% discount on the entire Canadiana Collection from June 24-July 1st. Use coupon code GobleCanada150 at checkout and get free shipping in North America! Explore the GŌBLE collection here.

Canada's 150th Birthday Tulip 150 Purse Red Ostrich Leather

Christine VonBun Exotic Leathers

It was not a straight line. Christine VonBun relocated to Toronto, Ontario, via Cape Town, South Africa. She followed her dual passions for stunning landscapes and fashionable leather handbags. Read her fascinating backstory here.

Christine VonBun:
Canada150 is a significant year for all of us, but maybe even more so if you have selected Canada as the country where you want to live. I find it hard to believe that this country is so young. The town that I come from in Austria which is celebrating its 800th birthday this year. This Canadian anniversary is a major milestone in moving forward and adapting to the new challenges that this country encounters.

Compared to many populations, Canadians are fortunate to have access to so much untouched nature, water resources and open land close at hand. We must do more to protect our natural resources, make more conscious decisions and reduce our footprints.

We should all celebrate this national birthday and be thankful for what we have. This summer, our plan is to paddle our canoe in all those amazing parks, lakes and rivers as often as possible in awe of what’s around us.

Canada's 150th Birthday Tulip 150 Purse Red Ostrich Leather

I designed the Tulip 150 bag as a birthday gift to Canada. I think this purse has a fitting personality, a youthful look (150 years is relatively young) it is representative of the colours of our flag and of a flower which is very meaningful to this nation. The handbag’s black base is to signify that in a world which is in flux we should remain grounded. Besides, I think Canada looks great with a red tulip. Discover additional details on the Tulip 150 purse here.

Holiday discount offer: To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, Christine VonBun is offering 40% off any ostrich handbag (in stock) from now until July 1st. Take advantage of this fantastic offer and use coupon code Canada150Handbag at checkout. Here, is the link to her collection. Note: this offer does not include the Tulip 150 purse.

Canada's 150th Birthday Key to my Heart Beeswax Candle

Bees Wax Works

Jill Smith’s fascinating background includes the career transition from ballet dancer to Chandler. She works with pure 100% beeswax, which arrives in 45-pound blocks, to produce an exclusive collection of beautiful candles. Read her story here and about the art of chandlery here.

Jill Smith:
We will celebrate by a festive day at the Salts Spring Island local market that weekend and by spending time with friends. We plan to dress in red.

Canada's 150th Birthday Simple Fern Beeswax Candle

My birthday gift for Canada is the Simple Fern Candle. When we designed that candle, I wanted it to reflect the world we live in out here on the wild West Coast. These gentle twisting ferns grow in the ditches in our gulf islands. Inspirations are easy when we just pause and look around our beautiful country.

Canada's 150th Birthday Black and Gold Memory Necklace Anastassia Sel

Anastassia Sel

At nine years old, Anastassia Selezneva and her parents emigrated to Toronto, from the Russian city of Volgodonsk. She explained that from an early age artistic activities occupied her after-school hours. She experimented with ballet, piano and visual arts, but in the end, it is working with metals and gemstones where she finds the most inspiration. Read why this designer has her sights on New York’s fashion runways for her jewellery.

Anastassia Selezneva:
My birthday is also on July 1st, so Canada and I go way back (smile). It’s an exciting day and has always been my favourite holiday of the year. The weather is usually perfect, and we get to celebrate this beautiful country. This year is particularly special as I will visit Ottawa with my family who is coming from Belarus, for my wedding.

Canada's 150th Birthday Black and Gold Memory Necklace Anastassia Sel

My gift to Canada in recognition of 150-years is the Black and Gold Memory Necklace. Evocative of a gold nugget (or egg shape) this organic piece hangs on a long antique sterling silver chain. Throughout history, the egg has symbolised birth and rebirth. It seems relevant to give this symbol on Canada’s 150th.

Happy 150th Canada!

 

 

Tis the Season Five Reasons to Buy a Beeswax Candle

At this time of year, careless flip-flop days and intense summer skies seem hopelessly far away… At least, December’s twinkling holiday lights have replaced the gloomy darkness of November evenings.

Impossibly short days are the perfect time to gather friends around a dinner table for long conversations fuelled by hearty red wine and slow cooked savoury meals.

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However, table setting is part of establishing the mood. Wine does not taste the same from a plastic glass, and an overly lit table can feel like a cafeteria. We turned to artisan creator Jill Smith at Bees Wax Works to share her five reasons to buy a beeswax candle for the holidays.

  1. Dark days bring the need for warm light.  Beeswax burns in the light spectrum of the sun. If summer seems far away, the light aura from these artisan candles will remind you of those days.
  2. The natural smell of beeswax – a reminder of the heavenly smell of warmer days spent outside – in the comfort of your living room.
  3. Innocent times with the tradition of beeswax candles at holiday times. The aroma is a trigger for many.  Especially for my European customers, the smell evokes childhood memories of a time when candles were hand-dipped by mums and grandmas.
  4. Beauty and simplicity in an effortless gift.
  5. Warmth: Brisk outdoor activities and quieter nights – beeswax candles bring an authentic heating to our indoor season.

Jill’s beeswax candles are handcrafted in her Salt Spring Island workshop, a place that she describes as “The best smelling garage on Salt Spring Island, with lovely windows and views of the Salish Sea.” The candles are made from blocks of 45-pound blocks of 100% Canadian beeswax (sourced in Alberta).

Beeswax Works candles are crafted following traditional methodologies (read about the art of chandlery). Jill describes the steps as easy enough, however, after wax patience is a critical ingredient in the process.

Warm up your winter days with one of these candles from the Beeswax Works custom collection:

Key to My Heart:

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Simple Fern:

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Vintage Bee:

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Image credits: Candle photos provided by and published with the permission of Jill Smith @ Bees Wax Works

Understanding the Art and Craft of Chandlery and all that Beeswax

Medieval Craft of Chandlery

 

The advent of residential electricity changed our lighting needs dramatically and eliminated a once critical position in the medieval household – the Chandler – the person responsible for the candles. Click here for a detailed description.

Next time you strike a match to light the candles on your dinner table consider what it takes to make a candle.

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According to Jill Smith, the owner of Salt Spring Island’s Bees Wax Works, the key ingredient in chandlery (besides the obvious: wax) is patience and more patience. Smith is a former ballet dancer and music industry professional who describes her career change as an “Opportunity to work independently, make things and grow a business.”

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Becoming a chandler

Smith apprenticed under the company’s previous owner before she assumed the full responsibilities of Bees Wax Works. Although candle making was a learning curve, Jill Smith says “Making things with my hands has always been a part of my life. My mother taught me fibre arts at a young age and we were encouraged to ‘make things’.”

Did you ever “make” candles as a kid, by melting paraffin and pouring the molten liquid into milk containers? If so, the work that Smith does in her workshop is another world. She describes her studio as

“The best smelling garage on Salt Spring Island, with lovely windows and views of the Salish Sea.”

Process from raw wax to candles

There is a process to transforming a 45-pound block of beeswax into beautiful, clean-burning candles. The work requires smashing (she says this step is therapeutic), heating and reforming. According to Smith, chandlery steps are simple, and the tools rudimentary (a melting pot, simple hand tools, and steady hands). However, the age-old craft requires enormous amounts of patience.

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Smith chooses to work with beeswax exclusively.

“It is pure and simply the best wax for candles.”

However, not all beeswax is created equally. Smith sources her wax from apiarists in Alberta. A family who have been beekeepers for three generations because their wax is the cleanest she has found.

Did you know beeswax changes colours with the seasons, depending which flowers are blooming?

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At Atelier, we are thrilled to feature some of the Bees Wax Works signature BWW Collection candles. The new line of candles required Smith’s close collaboration with a ceramist.  Together they developed moulds that reflect the art of candle making. This collection mirrors the “hive to home” philosophy at Bees Wax Works.

Made with high-quality wax and the steady hand of a professional chandler these contemporary candles are perfect for gifts (or for your home) check out the collection here.

Image credits: Photos provided by and published with the permission of Jill Smith @ Bees Wax Works