Tinnock Farm Candles
Posted by Hannah Gumbrielle in: candle, candlemaking, Christmas gift, dublin
Handmade in small batches in the Sileveardagh Hills in Tipperary, we're big fans of the beautifully scented candles Tinnock Farm creates using 100% soy wax, cotton wicks, and a range of all-natural oils. Each are hand-poured, vegan and have a burn time of roughly 75 hours, as well as being free from paraffin, palm oil and dyes.
Tinnock Farm put an emphasis on sustainability within both their craft as well as their day to day lifestyle. They use no unnecessary packaging, and their small-holding includes an area of hazel coppice, vegetable gardens, a young orchard, streams and paddocks. They aim to be fully self-sufficient, growing much of their own food and reducing waste where possible. Tinnock is also a habitat to a range of native Irish flora and fauna including long-eared bats, red squirrels, pine martins, primroses, bluebells and cowslips to name just a few.
We always have a Tinnock Farm candle burning in our Drury Street, especially their festive Winter Spice to keep us cosy during cold winter days! We asked Kristen Ivors from Tinnock a few questions to learn more about their craft, their process and what inspires them day today. You can check out more of their handmade candles here.
Tell us a bit about what you make.
I make soy wax candles and cold process soap with a focus on quality and simplicity, as well as being zero waste and free from plastic.
Could you describe your studio to us? What is your favourite thing about the space?
I work from an old stable attached to our farmhouse. I love that everything is at my fingertips, I can see across the yard and have lots of room to work! My husband made me a concrete work bench which is the perfect surface for candle making, and all of my work happens on top of that.
How do you get into the mindset of making?
I love walking into my studio in the morning with a cup of coffee, putting on some music, and starting my work. My dog Woody is my studio companion and he always at my feet while I am mixing or boxing up orders!
What is your favourite tool and why?
My favourite tool is an old jam thermometer that is just great at giving temperatures and stirring wax!
Can you describe your making process to us?
Candle and soap making is all about numbers, temperatures, and a lot of gentle stirring! To start a batch of candles, I melt soy wax flakes in a large boiler and add a touch of coconut wax. After heating the waxes, I mix and stir in my scents, either essential oils, or a combination or essential and fragrance oils, until they are fully incorporated before pouring into jars. When the candles have set, I lid and label them, and they are cured for a few weeks.
What is your inspiration?
Our farm, nature and my gardens as well as the peace that surrounds me everyday. I would love to give everyone a bit of that feeling of calmness when they are lighting their candle!
What led you to choose this craft as a profession? What do you love most about it?
I have always made my own candles and the business grew after some people wanted to buy them. I love how much freedom this craft gives. I spend half of my day making candles and soap, and the other half in the vegetable garden, chopping wood, or checking up on our animals. It gives me the time to be able to run a business but also further our goal of becoming self sufficient.
What is your favourite candle you've created?
My favourite scent changes with the seasons and moods, but you really can’t beat a good lavender candle!
We stock a range of Tinnock Farms handmade candles both in store and online.
A starry eyed Alex
Posted by Laura Caffrey in: 2016 Calendar, Alex Synge, Astrology, Christmas gift
Three years ago we had a chat with our good friend Alex Synge about the idea of producing an annual wall calendar for Irish Design Shop. After a bit of playing around with what we might do we shelved the idea until last year when we produced our first calendar with The Project Twins. This 2015 calendar was so popular, that we decided to make it an annual project, and enlist the talents of a leading Irish designer, illustrator or artist to come up with the artwork and theme.
So finally, this January we sat down with Alex again and started to plan a calendar for 2016, and we think it has been worth the wait. The concept behind this Calendar of Constellations was all Alex's idea. His amateur interest in the night sky has turned into a project which reaches far beyond any of our expectations.
The calendar comprises 13 beautiful lithographic prints of the constellations. Printed one colour, silver ink on black stock, each month includes informative descriptions of what might be on view in the night skies above Ireland at that time. These 300mm square prints are perforated to be kept long after the month has passed. We have enlisted our framer Conor to create a bespoke limed ash frame to fit the perforated images perfectly. Also, a limited edition tote bag has been produced which will be available to purchase along with the calendar and handmade frames from Thursday November 5th.
Danger is Everywhere - A book reveiw
Posted by Laura Caffrey in: Book Review, Children's Book, Chris Judge, Christmas gift
We asked Layla Luan O'Doherty (aged 9) to read and review Danger is Everywhere, a book written by David O'Doherty and Illustrated by Chris Judge.......
"Danger is Everywhere.
There's this guy who hates danger and his name is docter Noel Zone. He used to be a swimming pool life guard until he found out that water made pools dangerous so he got rid of it! He has code words for everything like TITFADIES. top ten tips for danger in every day situations. I'd give this book 4 stars. There is a quiz at the end of this book. He loves cabbage."
Some of Layla's illustrations inspired by the book......
Danger is Everywhere costs €9, and is available to buy in our shop on Drury Street.