A creative collaboration is in some ways like giving birth (although the pain is rather more cerebral!)... you have to find the right partner, with similar values. It's best if you each bring different, although compatible, strengths to the relationship. There's a process of getting to know one another and, if it is a good partnership, the alchemy where 1+1=3. You get better at it with time. And then you decide to create something that is in and of your joint DNA, that hopefully you'll love (!!!). I guess that's where I'll leave the analogy because it the product world there is also the process of rejecting things you don't like along the way and trial and error and, well, that's just a conversation we don't need to have on a beeswax candle blog!
Which brings me to the point of this post which is the announcement of our new Dinosaur Designs Atelier range - a joint collaboration with Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy, the talented duo behind Dinosaur Designs.
Atelier is the French word for "workshop", and in English is used primarily for the workshop of an artist in the fine or decorative arts, where a principal master and a number of assistants, students, and apprentices worked together producing pieces released in the master's name.
Building on last year's two designs - Totem and Boulders - this year they came up with 3 new designs in the Atelier range. We clearly used up all the creativity on the design and making process and they're simply titled "Blue, Red & Yellow"!!
Beautiful to mix and match in a cluster, or as you can see below just as stunning on it's own... or with a honeycomb pillar.
You can only imagine the hardship I went through having to do testing...
The candles are part of a larger Atelier range from Dinosaur Designs covering an entire range of homewares and jewellery. To see the full Atelier range (including the candles), head to your nearest Dinosaur Designs stores (including London and New York). Or, you can find an extensive range of Queen B candles (including the Dinosaur Designs candles) at Make Designed Objects in Carlton and, of course, you can see them at Queen B's Hive in Brookvale. We've all got them available online.
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