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Organic Candle Making

Create your own scented candles using natural botanical materials sourced from London with designers Lola Lely and Yesenia Thibault.

What to expect

Beeswax has been used for millennia as one of our most versatile materials: food preservation, polish, waterproofing and candle-making are only a few of the applications it’s still used for across the world.

Join designers Lola Lely and Yesenia Thibault Picazo to explore this material by creating your own scented Beeswax candles, using natural materials sourced from London. Drawing on their recent investigations into the potentials and histories of Beeswax, participants will be invited to experiment with several candle-making techniques, embedding seasonal herbs and plants from London to create your own scented mix.

By the end of the session, you will have learnt traditional candle making techniques and made your own batch of scented candles to take home.

All the materials used during the workshop will be provided.

Booking information

Adult: £60
Student/Concession: £50
Member: £50







Lola Lely

Lola Lely is an artist, designer and maker based in London. She practices craft in fresh and unexpected ways by linking contemporary practices and technology with age-old techniques. Her work has been exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Royal Academy of Arts, Design Museum in London and at Art Basel in Switzerland.

Yesenia Thibault-Picazo

Yesenia Thibault-Picazo defines herself as a ‘Material Teller’, whose work explores the narrative potentials of materials. Her practice sits at the junction between craft practices and environmental concerns. She graduated with an MA in Material Futures from Central Saint Martins (2013) and initiated the research-based project ‘Craft in the Anthropocene’.

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