WEEKLY

A CANDLE WITH STORY (II)
有故事的蠟燭(下)

上期Chessman Post談到手工蠟燭品牌Make Your Day的兩位創辦人Catrina和Kilio因一次自身經歷,對蠟燭漸生情愫,並創立自家品牌和開設工作坊,將其化作情感的延伸。這一回,二人將會分享蠟燭為他們所帶來的啟迪,以及人們如何透過蠟燭,釋放靈魂深處的煩憂。

用蠟燭凝住時光
過往,我們或會認為蠟燭只是倏忽即逝的產物。燃盡的那刻,燭身由固體變成一攤溶掉的蠟,頓時蕩然無存,彷彿捉不到也留不住。不過,Catrina巧妙地糅合創意和美學,讓蠟燭成為裝載情感的藝術品,而且能永久封存故事。

她創作了故事香薰大豆蠟燭,分為上下兩層,先用小人模型、乾花和自製黏土等裝飾,在下層砌出故事場景,然後把果凍蠟逐步倒入瓶子,最後在大豆蠟加入香薰及調色,再填滿瓶子。明明是遇熱即溶的蠟燭,為甚麼客人仍希望以此把故事記下來?原來,這個故事香薰大豆蠟燭的特別之處,在於即使上層的大豆蠟燃盡後,下層的場景仍能完好保存,成為永不磨滅的回憶。

比起坊間的蠟燭,Make Your Day的手工蠟燭更像裝飾品,總是令人愛不釋手,捨不得燃點它們。例如星球蠟燭,小巧玲瓏的球體、隨意交織而成的幻彩痕跡,寄託着人們對遊歷太空的嚮往。一個個星球蠟燭,實現了許多人那些遙不可及的夢。此外,乾燥花香薰蠟燭就像細小的花瓶,輕輕細訴花兒的絮語;水晶簇香薰蠟燭則超越常態,用蠟切割出水晶的形狀,呈現難以言喻的美。這裏的每一款蠟燭,都營造出迥然不同的浪漫情懷。

人情的流轉
如果說年邁的老人擅長說故事,那麼手作人都是善於聽故事的人。「有時候,我覺得我們就如樹洞一樣。」Kilio認為,不少手作人都會從客人的故事中領略人情。小小的工作室,一半做蠟燭,一半剪頭髮,見證了無數的聚散分離。

每逢大時大節,不少客人都會下單訂製各式各樣的蠟燭,把祝福送給另一半。但也有情侶選擇一起製作手工蠟燭,共同慶祝屬於二人的特別日子。記得有一次,一位女生與男朋友報名參加工作坊,而男朋友事前並不知道。男生渾渾噩噩地上來,做了一會蠟燭後,便問可否順道剪頭髮,Kilio固然歡迎。豈料在洗頭途中,他突然一睡不起,任憑Kilio怎樣叫他都沒有回神的跡象。女友說他經常這樣沒法醒來,然後用手大力箍着他的頸,他才睡眼惺忪地醒來。從這件有趣的軼事中,Kilio體會到情侶彼此之間的默契。

曾經,他們遇上一個患有罕見病的女生,她一直夢想有天能去日本富士搖滾音樂祭(Fuji Rock)。隨時都有機會喪失視力的她,生怕夢想最後無法如願,於是做了兩個蠟燭,分別送給她的好朋友和心儀的對象,當作一起去看了Fuji Rock。又有另一個她,將和以前男朋友的回憶放進蠟燭內。她說,遺憾也是一種回憶,更要放在床頭,讓這段回憶銘記於心。一切事過境遷,物換星移,就當成是一種學習吧。

生活的頓悟
與手工蠟燭的不期而遇,令Catrina領略到人生沒有完美,永遠都有學不完的東西。透過聆聽不同客人的故事,她明白到每個人的路都不平坦,因此要學會接受自己的不完美。「我覺得做蠟燭就好像做人一樣,即使調較好顏色和溫度,最後的結果都不一定如預期般。所以我經常叫客人隨心做,不要過分執着,更不要把做蠟燭放得那麼大,隨心自會有驚喜。」蠟燭已不再是一件產物,而是一個媒介,連繫着她跟不同的人和事。而做蠟燭亦為Kilio帶來許多機遇,例如學習如何開店、經營小生意,並嘗試接觸更多人。

「Make Your Day永遠都不會變。我們不叫『甚麼Candle』,是希望貫徹一個理念──就是要Make Your Day,讓客人來到這裏能放鬆心情,放下一些東西。」但願這對性格迥異的小情侶,能跟着自己的步伐與態度去經營這門小生意,繼續用蠟燭散播愛。

撰文:王以珞
相片:王以珞、Make Your Day Facebook專頁
美術:王曉澄

In the last issue of Chessman Post, we spoke with Catrina and Kilio, the founder of Make Your Day, on how they got enamored with handcrafted candles and build their own brand. This week, they would like to share with us the inspirations that candle brings, as well as how people relieve their anxiety stirred deep down in their souls through making candles.

Bottle The Precious Moments
In the past, we would normally think that candles are atmospheric but at the same time, ephemeral. When a candle is fully burnt, its wick changes from a solid to a liquid. It seems to be telling us that nothing lasts forever. However, Catrina ingeniously integrates creativity with aesthetics and turns candles into artworks which carry love and stories.

She has created a special soy wax candle with two layers that keeps memory. On the bottom layer, some tiny human figures, dried flowers and light clay are used to set the story scene. Jelly wax is then applied to keep the scene intact. After that, the colored soy wax with fragrance oil will be poured on the upper layer. Candles are not something with longevity, but why are there so many people who want to use this soy wax candle to bottle their memories? Because of the difference in melting point, even if the soy wax is fully burnt, the jelly wax (the bottom layer) would still remain—it is like the memory set inside the candle will not fade away too.

Compared to other typical candles, the handcrafted candles of Make Your Day are more like ornaments, making people unwilling to ignite and use them. For instance, the spherical planet candle, with some colorful traces randomly intertwined on it, ties to people’s yearning for space travel. Moreover, the scented dried flower candle is just as a small-scale vase that displays the silhouette of flowers during night time. The scented crystal candle is another hot item of Make Your Day which best epitomizes the ineffable beauty of wax in shape of crystal. All the candles of Make Your Day help create different romantic atmosphere.

Circulation Of Love
If old people are said to be good at telling stories, then handcrafters are those who are good at listening to stories. “Sometimes, I feel like we are tree holes.” Kilio thinks handcrafters actually learn many lessons of human affection and love from customers’ stories. Catrina and Kilio have also witnessed the vicissitudes of love in their studio.

On festive days, many customers would order different kinds of candles for their loved ones. Yet, some couples would choose to join workshops together and celebrate the special days. Kilio remembers there was once a time when a couple came to the studio and learned to make candles. It was a surprise prepared by the girl, so her boyfriend did not know they were going to make candles together. After making candles for some time, the boy asked if he could do a haircut while waiting for the candles to cool down. Unexpectedly, the boy fell as asleep all in a sudden, and no matter how Kilio tried to wake him up, he did not seem to regain consciousness. His girlfriend, putting her hands around the boy’s neck, said it was nothing new to her. Looking drowsy, the boy slowly woke up and continued the haircut. Kilio realized how a couple in sync with each other from this anecdote.

Catrina and Kilio met a girl with a rare disease, who had always dreamed about joining the Fuji Rock Festival. The disease would cause impaired vision at any time. Since she was afraid that she could not go to the Fuji Rock Festival before the eyes got worse, she made two candles with the scene of Fuji Rock for her best friend and her crush. There was also another girl who made a candle to commemorate the love shared between her and her ex-boyfriend. She said feeling pity for the past relationship was legitimate, and she wanted to engrave the memory in her heart with the handcrafted candle.

The Epiphany Of Life
The encounter with handcrafted candles is indubitably fortuitous, but it allows Catrina to learn that life is filled with imperfections, and there are many more things to learn. Through listening to the stories of the customers, she has realized that everyone would come across different obstacles in life, and therefore we need to accept our imperfections. “Making candles is similar to living. Even if we have tried our best to adjust the color and temperature, the outcome can be somewhat unexpected. So I always ask people to make candles at their pleasure and don’t be too tenacious. You will get surprised as you follow your heart and enjoy the process.” Candle is no longer a product, but a medium for Catrina to connect with different people. In addition, making candles brings Kilio many new opportunities, such as learning how to set up a shop, run a business and fraternize with others.

“Make Your Day will never change. We do not put the word ‘candle’ in the name of our brand because we just want to achieve one thing—to make your day and allow customers to relieve their stress here.” Hope this couple with different personalities can spread more love by making candles according to their own pace and attitude.

Text: Elok Wong
Photo: Make Your Day Facebook page
Art: Agnes Wong

ISSUE #188

A CANDLE WITH STORY (II)

 

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