Sarah Ryan of Quandialla Candle Company has the best business card. In a quaint, old world fashion it states “Sarah Ryan, Candlestick Maker”, and on the reverse side, “Superior Soy Candles From the Middle of Nowhere”.
We started stocking Quandialla Candle Co. candles in April, attracted by the traditional packaging, inspired by the art nouveau design of a 1940s yeast tin Sarah found, and graphic design of the labels, created by her friend Dan Phelan of Safety Pin Design, Newcastle.
Sarah makes candles out of her kitchen pantry in the family's 1920s homestead in central west NSW where she lives with husband Trevor, and children Rueben, 8, Monty, 6, and Clemmie, 2 on Richmond Merinos stud. Inspiration came when Sarah was pregnant with Clemmie and she recognised a gap in market for alternative candle packaging.
“I found an old yeast tin from the 1940s in the house and asked Dan to create a label for Quandialla Candle Co. He did the most amazing job,” says Sarah.
Her artistic flair is apparent in every part of the Quandialla Candle Co. branding and packaging and it is no surprise to discover Sarah is a College of Fine Arts (COFA) graduate.
“I grew up at Quandialla and went away to art school. I was a typical art school student with green hair, hanging out in inner Sydney. I came home to teach and hooked up with Trevor, who I’d known as a kid.”
Sarah’s candles look right at home on our 120-year-old packing case shelves.
We just added Quandialla Candle Co’s new range of hand dipped pure beeswax tapers, which we sell in bundles of six wrapped in baker’s twine.
“Natural, pure beeswax is so beautiful to work with and the bees feed on Quandialla blossom.”
If you are a boy scout at heart and like to be prepared for the next black out, or simply love ambient lighting, you should add a Quandialla Candle Co. candles to your stash.