WELCOME, SHANNON of MIREASMA out on Etsy! I found out that Shannon and I are almost neighbors. We both live in areas surrounding Milwaukee, WI. What a small world!!
Since I love candles, I am very happy to have an artist who creates such lovely candles out here on DZFANTASY, as a featured artist. Even the names are delightful.
Be sure to visit Shannon's shop MIREASMA after learning a bit more about Shannon and her candles. If you happen to live in our area, you might just want to visit Shannon at a show she is doing on November 29th called ART vs CRAFT. Click on the link below to find out more about this show.
Now lets hear what Shannon has to say......
What led you to start creating your art/craft
I have always loved candles. I was sitting around the house one day looking for something to do and thought "I'll learn how to make a candle." I started looking on the internet and learned all about how bad parrafin candles are for you and the environment. This is what I had been burning, so I was very interested in an alternative. More research led to my learning all about the benefits of soy candles. I ordered some materials, and by trial and error, started to teach myself how to make candles! I have worked for years to perfect my candles (there's way more to it then you'd think, lol), and now, finally, I have my shop on Etsy!
How did you decide what medium you wanted to work with?
Soy wax provides me with everything I could look for in a wax. It is clean burning, long lasting, renewable(this is great for farmers), is a US product, and performs really well as far as scent is concerned. I have also purchased and tested about 1 bazillion different fragrances, and only use the VERY best.
What aspect of creating your art/craft do you find the most enjoyable?
I ♥LOVE♥ scents! Scent is the most powerful of all of our senses. It is hugely mood altering, and can conjur up emotions and memories in an instant. I find this fascinating, and love creating something that holds the power to have a positive effect on someone. I also have a lot of fun decidiing which beads will go with each candle.
If you had to choose a fruit OR a vegetable, to describe your art/craft, what would you choose, and why?
I'd choose the obvious soybean, but fresh veggies come to mind when I think of my candles. I have, and really enjoy, quite a few herbal and veggie scents. Tomato, cilantro, lemongrass and sage, thyme...
If you had to choose one other medium in which to display your “creativity”, what would that be, and why?
I dream of a day that I learn the in and outs of chemistry, and study with master perfumers:) I would LOVE to live in Italy and make scented oils from my beautiful surroundings.
What message, if any, do you want to convey with your art/craft?
I want to convey happiness and relaxation. I try to make my candles beautiful and elegant, but still have fun and humor with the scents. I make a a candle that appears very chic, but smells like banana cream pie! I want my art/craft to be pretty, but also make people smile.
What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?
Do what you love. Your products will have a better result if you're creating exactly what YOU are passionate about. It's OK to continuosly change things~it means that you are growing. Pay attention to detail!
THANKS, Shannon for taking the time to share your thoughts and lovely candles with us. BEST OF LUCK AT YOUR SHOW ON NOVEMBER 29TH. Hope you sell out!!