My Story by ‘The Naked Candle Company’ & ‘Arty Sally’
The Naked Candle Company & Arty Sally
Inspired by champagne & Spain!
They talk frankly about their business’ and what works for them. Visit our instagram page & Story for some fun shots too.
Where it began:
It began with working in a bar in Wilmslow and taking the empty, expensive champagne bottles home and hoarding them. One day I saw a picture on instagram of someone with a champagne bottle cut in half and made into a candle and thought, ‘I can do that!’.
It started there and with the demand for fragranced candles, it proved to be a rather quirky gift.
Eventually I got an email off one of the champagne companies informing me that I was infringing their copyright, even though these bottles would have been going into the bin! So the packaging had to change.
Where I work:
I recently moved out of my kitchen in Sale, Cheshire, into a unit in Warrington in January.
Work in Progress:
We are currently working on building stock for Christmas and developing some Christmas fragrances, while increasing the amount of wholesale stockists that we have.
The original sized Wild Fig & Cassis candle is our best seller across year in general, but it varies from season to season as people’s’ moods change.
Where did it begin:
I’ve always been creative and loved to paint & draw but I’ve been selling my artwork professionally since 2003 when I moved to Southern Spain. My Spanish work consisted of Bold Bright Flamenco & Matador Paintings in Acrylic on Canvas. You can see my Spanish work here http://www.sallyhuntington.com/ I used to sell both online and via exhibitions in a variety of venues such as Restaurants, Hotels etc. My Spanish paintings have been bought by people all over the world including USA, Canada, Russia & Europe.
Following a move back to the UK in 2013 I continued to paint but wanted to try something new so I initially did paintings of my home town of Nantwich which have been exhibited in a couple of local galleries & Nantwich Museum. My Nantwich work is used by the local Tourist Office to help promote the town.
Continuing with the Cheshire theme I was asked by a friend to do a Cow Painting and after posting it to Facebook I had a really positive reaction so I decided to add to the collection. I really enjoyed painting the fun quirky cows and felt this was a possible option to create a business that would provide a good regular income alongside my other work in galleries etc. At this time my friend had started to take part in Artisan Markets and was telling me that it’s good fun and I should try it! so I started with a couple of Craft Events but they didn’t really suit my work so I gave Makers Markets a try and after a few hit and misses it started to take off!. I much prefer selling my work this way to dealing with galleries it’s very rewarding to get my artwork seen by lots of new people every week and in new places and not having to deal with commission & publisher types!
My Spare Room/Art Studio
Work in Progress:
A Pet Portrait Commission & a HUGE commissioned painting of a Cow! it’s bigger than me!. Also trying to build up enough stock for Events later in July including Nantwich Show.
Favourite piece & the best seller:
Giraffes! I love painting them and they’ve proven as popular if not more so than my Cows. I love creating new ideas and working with new colours! that’s my ideal work day.
My stall & events:
I’m still on a learning curve and trying lots of different events festivals & markets at the moment but with the markets I like the smaller ones such as Sandbach, Chester MM and Nantwich Artisan Market. But saying that I did Knutsford Xmas Market and that was fun too! I can’t get in on the Makers Market in Knutsford as it’s always booked up. I tried a few Manchester MM which was ok but it wasn’t as successful as smaller towns, I tend to do well locally in Cheshire anyway so I’m sticking with less hassily option! I’m trying to get in on local Farmers Markets too like Stone, Rode Hall etc as I think that would suit me too.
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