Lighter side of Primex expo
AMID agricultural equipment, beef cattle and heavy duty earth-moving machines, Linda Saul's Integrity Candles were an unexpectedly peaceful and feminine addition to Primex this year.
With the scents of patchouli and sandalwood; cinnamon and vanilla wafting from her stall, candles flickering and large wax cauldrons glowing, Linda's unique wax artworks proved popular among Primex visitors.
Ms Saul's venture into chandlery (candle making) three years ago was equally unexpected, she told The Northern Star.
“When my husband developed cancer, it led us to re-evaluate our lives,” she said.
She decided to retire from her profession in health management and by chance a workmate, who had also retired, turned out to be experienced candle maker Jenny Shepeard.
“We started swapping skills. I would teach her cooking and she taught me candle making,” Ms Saul said.
The two went into business together and when Jenny moved to Melbourne, Linda took over Integrity Candles, with her son Frank Gumley now working alongside her at their Coraki home studio.
The pair creates candles from premium blended waxes, beeswax and soya wax using 12 different scents, while Linda has also developed the large carved and painted wax cauldrons and lanterns that were a standout with visitors to Primex.
Linda's cauldrons and lanterns are popular as anniversary gifts and for weddings and restaurants.
The cauldrons can weigh up to 25kg, take up to four weeks to create and are made from a specially designed hardened wax that can withstand high temperatures and won't melt when smaller candles are lit inside.
She uses nature as inspiration and paints the cauldrons using different pigments mixed with various mediums.
Thankfully, Linda Saul's husband is now fine and the health scare turned out to be a blessing for this emerging artist.
“I absolutely love making them. People buy candles to celebrate a birth or to light in remembrance of a lost loved one,” she said.
“Candles bring joy into people's lives.”