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Just Another Tuesday 260814 #Blogtribe by Kian West

For those of you playing at home, I write the "Intro" section every month for Newcastle Mirage and have always tried to emulate the Editor sections of other magazines I really enjoy. An inspiring piece that also somehow connects with the articles inside. A sort of cohesive glue to the rest of the zine... Inside the August Intro I mentioned I'd write every week for the month and if people liked it I'd continue. Well, I failed.

I failed miserably and didn't write all month. In my defence, after I wrote that I realised I hadn't really planned any further than that. It seems simple enough at face value, write something every week. But What? And When? So it has taken me a month to work out the When part and oddly enough that seemed more important than the What because without consistency it really doesn't matter what it is about. So in light of all this, inspiration grabbed me this week. I have been following The Blog Society for a few months now and trying to get a feel for what other Bloggers are writing about. Most are women that I could find, a lot are themed around cooking, fashion, decorating or craft, entertaining children and similar. But that doesn't help me. We write a monthly Art & Culture Zine that is focused on the WHO of Newcastle...

But then, you suddenly think, maybe people want to hear what is going on behind the scenes? Every week we meet with people as the project of Mirage develops, contacts are formed and events are happening and so I am really asking...

Does this sound interesting?

 

  1. Like for instance, I met with Jon from the Hunter Business Chamber last week about becoming a member and also to start gaining some business insight, maybe a mentor, to help assist the growth of us as well as myself.... Would you like to hear about that?
  2. I also visited a Poetry Slam. I've never visited a Slam before and was completely blown away... What about that?
  3. At the same time I've had Ryan on the case to develop layers of our logo and cutting out a stencil for some limited Edition Tote Bags... Would you enjoy hearing/seeing this project?

So, I'm asking you to pick 1, 2 or 3 and I'll elaborate on this before the weekend... But in future I'm planning to write something for every Tuesday and if I don't get any feedback I'll just keep on writing random stories... it is much more fun together though.

 

KW

60 Seconds with - Newcastle Candle Co. by Kian West

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WE'VE ALL BEEN THERE. PRIMARY SCHOOL, YOU'RE KEEN TO GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY, AND YOUR TEACHER SAYS IT'S TIME FOR FRIDAY-AFTERNOON-ART-SESH. "FUCK YES" YOU THINK TO YOURSELF. WELL KIERAN RESEVSKY NEVER LET THAT MOMENT DIE, TURNING A FRIDAY AFTERNOON MESS INTO HIS HAND-MADE CRAFT WITH THE NEWCASTLE CANDLE CO.

KIERAN RESEVSKY

Interview by

Kian West

nm_web_images_6How did The Newcastle Candle Co begin? At school in mid-2013, we were presented with a challenge of creating a ‘business in a box’. Being judged by a certain criteria, the winner was awarded $250 to put towards their business idea. I didn’t win that competition, but I was inundated by an overwhelming response to my candles, which encouraged me to further develop The Newcastle Candle Co as a business.

How would you describe the products you create? From mixing scents and pouring wax, to hand-typing labels on my trusty typewriter, each candle I sell has been hand-made by me, making each one special and unique from the next. Each candle is made using natural soy-wax, a biodegradable and renewable resource made from soybeans, and is poured into an amber glass jar which has plenty of reuse and recycle opportunities after the candles life comes to an end.

Explain the masculine candle movement: Firstly, 35% of candle users are men. Candles provide warmth, relaxation and good memories, and men want that too. The discovery of controlled fire is one of the greatest human discoveries and for thousands of years, until the early 1900’s, candles have been the only artificial source of light. Though in recent years, candle companies have left men behind- but don’t worry; I’ve got it covered.

What are you working on at the moment? I am always working on new concepts for scents and design, and have just finished developing 2 fresh scents to add to the line, these masculine scents are Cedar & Caramel, and one I am yet to name which compromises a mix of lemon, coffee, cardamom, patchouli and amber- Both of these candles will be right at home in any man cave.

Where are your products available? I sell my products online at newcastlecandleco.bigcartel.com, and I am happy for customers to have their candles picked-up or delivered. Though follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with our whereabouts for when we do get out to markets, events and stores in the Newcastle area.

When are you most creative?nm_web_images_5 My creativity peaks whenever I get quiet time to myself, which is unfortunately at about midnight every night. As soon as my head hits the pillow, I get flooded with ideas that I either write-down or lose, so I suggest always keeping a pen and notepad next to your bed.

If you could work anywhere where would it be? A studio apartment or an old warehouse with a loft, somewhere cosy that I can make my own. As long as it’s in Newcastle, I’m a happy man.