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Arts Column: Meet the River Art Market Artists Part 7

By Kate Fenton | 23rd August 2018

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The York Candle Company

It might be surprising to learn, given the extensive range of products that The York Candle Company have on offer, but Matthew and Yvonne Chalk made the step into selling their hand made candles less than two years ago. It all began when they were struggling to find scented candles that they could actually use, as commonly available paraffin wax candles give off fumes that caused Yvonne serious headaches. Rather than give up on having a beautifully-scented home, they looked into making their own, friendlier version, which is how they cam upon the idea of soy wax candles.

Unlike paraffin wax, soy wax gives off none of the headache-inducing fumes, or soot. It turned out to be a great natural alternative, and since soy wax has no scent of it’s own, it allowed them to experiment with a wide range of heavily-scented candles, safe in the knowledge that the scent would remain true and untainted. Their range now covers everything from intoxicating florals, bright fruits, and deep musky scents. Something for all tastes, including their fun and zesty gin candle range.

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The York Candle Company

As well as traditional candles, The York Candle Company produces soy wax melts that contain all the same wonderful perfumes, and can be used as a safer, cleaner alternative in oil burners.

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Charis Raine as Studio Factorum

Charis Raine is the artist behind the illustration for this year’s York River Art Market poster. Operating under the name Studio Factotum, Charis is a York-based illustrator who draws much of her inspiration from Scandinavian landscapes. Her intricate paintings of star-strewn skies glimpsed between the silhouetted branches of trees, cosy houses tucked away, deep in lush forests, and even the occasional hobbit hole are filled with a sense of both escapism, drawing you in, away from the concrete jungle and back to nature.

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Charis Raine as Studio Factorum

Bobcat Card Art has its roots in back in 2014, when Cathie Carr decided to hand make some of the floral decorations for her wedding. Initially it was a money-saving move, but her stunning displays became a real talking point and with that, she decided to keep making flowers. Over time Cathie has developed her technique through trial and error, and has spent hundreds of hours hand tearing thousands of delicate petals from an increasingly wide selection of papers and cards. Through hand painting, air-brushing, diffusing and embellishing her work, she has created a technique that is truly unique to Bobcat.

Her work has been part of many weddings, including one where she made a special button-hole for the groom from photographic paper featuring pictures of his parents, and has travelled far and wide; recently a bouquet was sent to Mexico. Her William Morris flowers have also been selected by The National Trust to be sold in Standen House.

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Cathie loves working closely with her clients, too. Creating the perfect design to fit their needs, she believes that the personal attention that she gives to all her work opens up endless creative possibilities, and makes each flower both a joy for her to make, and a precious keepsake for her customers.

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