Meet the Maker | Alchemy Produx
Chemistry + Fashion = Amazing Candles. It's probably not the answer you would generally come up with, but we think the outcome is genius. Co-founder Tristan enlightens us with the Alchemy Produx story so far and how he and his wife / business partner Sara developed this unique and beautiful brand of candles and reed sticks. We hope you enjoy reading this as much as we did, puns and all!
Black range of candles pictured here - Photo provided by Alchemy Produx
Tell us about yourselves and how you came to be a makers / owners of your creative business. What inspired you to be where you are now?
Sara is a fashion designer and I am a Chemist by trade, and we accidentally created a brand together from making beaker candles back in 2010 for friends. People loved them so we started doing the Rose Street artist market and the response was great. Today we are stocked in stores all around the world and are continuously sharing our creations with more and more people.
How long have you been working in this role and what do you love about it?
I have only come on board full time just over a year ago, so there is huge credit due to the creativity of my wife and business partner Sara, as well as our helper Ruby, who has almost been there the whole journey so far. The best part of self employment is creative freedom and being the true controller of your work life balance.
Sara and Ruby pictured here - Photo provided by Alchemy Produx
Tell us about your daily routine i.e. where is your business based, do you work within a team or individually, within an office or studio space?
Our HQ is an old mechanics workshop based in Footscray, Victoria, where all our products are hand poured by real humans. My daily routine is really following up on Stockist enquires and searching for awesome stores around the globe to potentially stock in, but I do put the gloves on and have a pour now and then.
Candle making in progress - Photo provided by Alchemy Produx
What is the inspiration for your product range and what would be your favourite item in the collection?
The brand started with me bringing a beaker home from work and suggesting making a candle out of it. We really liked the repurposing aspect of the product so essentially you have 2 products in the end. It is this reason why I think the conical flask candles are the best, as they make great little decanters or toothbrush holders.
At P+P we feel very passionate about supporting other local designers and makers in all aspects of their business. What is one piece of advice you would give other creatives when considering their own start up?Do it, but do something as different as you can. If you take the risk, there is probably more chance of success than winning Tatts Lotto!
What was the biggest challenge that you came across when starting your creative business and how did you overcome this hurdle?
Taking the initial plunge. A steady job, with a great group of people is extremely hard to give up. The mid week long breakfasts with Sara and our puppies soon erased the sadness.
There are so many beautiful Australian made products being released at the moment. Are there any particular designers, product collections or bloggers that you love and why?We have became quite close to You Me and Bones, another wax loving friend from Melbourne, whose doll head candles and rude melts are a must see. Her name is Waan, and she is Waan top chick.
Are there any creatives that you would love to collaborate with and why?We currently have an ongoing collaboration with Gorman Clothing, and these guys creativity is inspiring, so happy to have the opportunity to work with them, and hope it stays a long term relationship.
What exciting things are you working on at the moment and what are your aspirations for 2017?
One thing I can say to other creatives, sometimes its best to hold your cards close to your chest, but in saying that, 2017 will be exciting for Alchemy Produx and all of our friends we have made along our journey so far.
All photos provided by Alchemy Produx.