New York City fashion designer Gary Graham recently partnered with artist and designer Sean Scherer, owner of curiosity shop Kabinett & Kammer in Andes, NY, to transform Graham’s flagship Tribeca showroom into an environment that combines both Graham and Scherer’s artistic sensibilities. The collaboration creates a fresh look for the store that seamlessly incorporates fashions and objects from both artists. As customers browse Graham’s distinctive signature gowns or coats, they are able purchase goods selected by Scherer that share a similar nostalgic aesthetic.
Greentree Home Candle is delighted to be part of the curated collection in this exciting setting. Our candles are beautifully displayed in complementing hues alongside Graham’s elegant fashions and unique finds from Kabinett & Kammer. Twig tapers, square tapers, monkeys, bottles and dodecahedron candles are among the Greentree Home Candle designs included for sale.
Says Jenifer Green of the partnership, “I really enjoy collaborating with others. It allows for artistic growth and professional opportunities. Both Gary and Sean are visionaries who take chances with their creative endeavors. I admire that.”
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The Design Process
Creating a new color is an adventure that is born out of inspiration and impression. Each of our colors has a story and reason for existence. In turn, they each have a formulated recipe. Some are simple, requiring only a few drops or grams of dye, while others entail a complicated process.
To achieve our colors, we use both white and yellow beeswax. Each batch is carefully weighted and melted. The aniline dye is added when the wax has reached a precise temperature. Developing a new or custom color for a client or project is a tedious and time consuming process resulting in a day or two of misfires and, eventually, sweet success.
As a specialized company, we take pride in our passion for color. While we are conscious of emerging trends and make sure our collection stays ahead of the market as an industry innovator, each color is first and foremost a reflection of our aesthetic. A great deal of care and thought goes into the creation of a new color – our shades are handcrafted with love, and released with pride.
Our company is small enough to be able to adjust our process to accommodate special clients and custom orders such as celebrity parties or magazine spreads. Through close collaboration and personal attention, we can make a lasting impression: a beautiful hue custom-created to hit the subtlest note for the perfect occasion.
Very few household items serve as many different purposes as candles. While a candle is an everyday commodity used for practical reasons, it is also an artful home décor accessory as well as an essential component in life’s celebrations and ceremonies from baptisms and birthdays to funerals. How did this seemingly simple object end up playing such an important role in our lives?
Fire has always been a key element for human survival, and it makes sense that it has both practical and symbolic significance to us. We revere fire as it also has the power to destroy us. The earliest known evidence of controlled fire dates back to Israel almost 800,000 years ago. The first forms of movable fire were used by Ancient Egyptians, who made rush lights and torches by soaking the pithy core of reeds in melted animal fat. The first true wicked candles weren’t developed until around 3,000 BC by Ancient Romans by dipping rolled papyrus repeatedly in melted tallow or beeswax. Other civilizations created their own candles from available materials such as insect wax in China and cinnamon tree in Japan.
Throughout history, humans have experimented with different sources of wax for candles: tallow wax from leftover kitchen fats, beeswax, bayberry wax, spermaceti (from sperm whale oil), and later, stearin, paraffin and soybean wax. A candle-molding machine invented in the 19th century enabled mass production of candles. However, with the introduction of the light bulb in 1879, candle making began to decline.
The popularity of candles saw a rise in the 1980’s when people became interested in them as decorative objects, gifts, and ways to set an atmosphere.
With its roots in the element of fire, known for its power to both create and destroy, a candle symbolizes love and hope, light and warmth, celebration and commemoration. Though we no longer need candles to illuminate our surroundings, we hold on to their meaning as an expression of joy, reverence and reflection. Rituals abound to this day. In Christianity, a lit candle represents the divine light of God. In a marriage ceremony, two taper candles represent the two individuals, and a solid pillar their coming together in a union. Lighting a candle for the deceased signifies that their memory lives on and burns bright. Blowing out candles on a birthday cake goes back to an old belief that smoke will carry our wishes and prayers to the heavens. Each culture has their own spin on the traditions – it’s the ritual of lighting a candle itself that matters.
More and more, candles have also evolved into a sensual experience, a way to soothe our senses, spark romance, reconnect with our roots and signify a desire for a quieter and more meaningful way of life. What do you value in your life? Light a candle today to celebrate a moment that matters, a connection you treasure, or a person you love.
Our lives today are busier and more distracted than ever. Let’s admit it: too often we find ourselves taking a phone call or checking our Instagram account while we’re supposed to be enjoying quality time with our loved ones. How many family meals regularly get interrupted by our phones buzzing and someone staring at their little screen? Be honest.
We’ve decided to make a concerted effort to put all the distractions away and dedicate dinner time to nothing but family. Nothing brings a family closer more than sharing a meal together.
To make these moments even more special, we think it’s a great idea to take some time to set the table beautifully. A warm, glowing candle at the center of it all evokes the perfect atmosphere for a loving homemade meal. It’s easy, it’s simple, and it makes such a difference. It lets everyone know that dinner time is important, family is worth celebrating, and those gathered around the table are special to you.
Placing one or two small candles on stands at the table is a nice way to achieve a homey everyday family meal atmosphere (try our graceful cats or sweet owls). A single column candle in a sturdy candle holder will do the same. You will be surprised to see the effect just lighting a candle will have on making an ordinary meal feel more intimate and meaningful.
For more festive occasions, go bigger: pillar candles of varying heights and sizes on a metal or mirror tray, a grouping of elegant tapers in different textures in tall candle holders, or candles sculpted into special shapes to celebrate an event or gathering. Different colors have their own significance: darker, dramatic colors are usually considered festive and romantic, while lighter, more subtle hues bring forth feelings of joy.
We strongly feel that 100% pure beeswax candles are the best choice to burn around mealtime. With no added scent, they are ideal for the dinner table when you don’t want fragrance to interfere with the aroma of the food. Another important point too often ignored: typical paraffin-based candles contain carcinogenic chemicals. Beeswax is non-toxic, non-allergenic, and purifies the air. Not only should mealtime nourish you and connect you to your loved ones, it should take place in a clean, healthy environment.
You’ll find an abundance of inspiration for your dinner table in our collection of contemporary 100% pure beeswax candles. As you plan the next meal, whether for your family or for a big celebration such as Passover or Easter, make sure to include candles as a functional centerpiece to invoke the right atmosphere. It lets everyone know it’s time to let go of distractions and sit down to savor the moment.
Today we announce the launch of our new color. Looking for a fresh start, we decided to develop a clean and pure hue. Isolde (our new nude color) is a subtle blush - see above. Available in all our tapers, it is the perfect color for a wedding, dinner party or special event. Shop our web site and enjoy a 10% discount when you check out with code: THANKS2017
We love to set mood with dark hues of smoky gray and steely black. From a relaxing lounge to a thoughtful dinner party, dark shades evoke poetic beauty. We invite you to celebrate the season with sophistication. Through November and December enjoy free shipping on all orders over $50.00. Enter PROMO CODE: USA16 to receive 10% off your entire order!
"A color is as strong as the impression it creates." Ivan Albright
Greentree's Words of Wisdom: Summer is a time to kick back and enjoy life. It is an opportunity to spend time with adored family and friends or perhaps, alone with a good book. Travel, swim, fish, hike, paint, garden, dance......every day. Happy Summer to YOU!
Set in the western foothills of the Catskill Mountains, Jenifer Green’s studio is a place of industrious attitudes. Spools of wicks hang on pipes and are feed through scores of pale purple molds that are lined up and ready to receive liquid beeswax to form her company's many sculptural renderings. Just outside the studio, the air is teaming with the sweet and damp scent of spring. Green reflects “ We love to open the front doors in the warm weather, but soon become invaded by honey bees and birds. They are drawn by the sweet aroma of the beeswax”.
Treadwell is a quiet hamlet located just 14 miles from Delhi, NY and provides the perfect setting for productive work. For Green and her team of makers, the rolling landscape, the vast swipe of liquid blue sky and the occasional cry of a nearby cow or goat all provide an inspiring work environment. Each morning the tight knit crew constructs a production plan based on colors, styles and quantities. The Greentree Home collection of hand poured pure beeswax candles is offered at high-end retailers throughout the USA and Canada as well as the company’s web site.
“My work is all about form and function. Both are so important to me. A candle is a sensory object.” Green strives to balance the virtues of the burning experience with the use of a pure material in all of her designs. She adds, "The hand made process is essential and allows for total control of the quality.” Green credits her success to a keen focus on her vision for the company."I feel that creativity is the lifeblood that makes our everyday lives spectacular. The objects and candles we produce in our studio are expressions of who we are and define our creativity and imagination."
Interview with Tim Trescott, a North Carolina beekeeper.
I have been in the bee business all my life. I am a third generation.
We work directly with only US Beekeepers, and US only. This is a bit more labor intensive as we ourselves are doing the collection and not the beekeepers, but the quality of wax is generally higher this way. Domestic beeswax is also collected and processed different than, say, African beeswax.
Since we work domestically, we are able to directly with the beekeepers, and we maintain relationships with beekeepers across the country. Since the wax can only be extracted by also extracting the honey, it’s sort of an all hands on deck operation.
I keep it simple and usually just wear a khaki shirt with jeans and then a bee veil. A classic beekeeper-uniform, one could say.
As mentioned, the wax only comes from extracting the honey, since the wax is what seals the honey in the hive. Capping wax is the best type, though- it’s the super-finewax seal on the top, as opposed the the wax within the comb. The capping wax is the most pure, and- not surprisingly, the hardest and most expensive to obtain.
We travel as far as the Dakotas, summertime is usually the best time to travel- for the obvious reason of travelling logistics, and also the fact that bees are generally more active during this time of year..
Yes, I find that the wax is based on the floral source it comes from. Some southern waxes work better for going to an ivory color. The smell also depends on the floral source as well. The quality, color, and scent is affected with each stage of collection. African beeswax, for example, is often collected by blowing black smoke into the hives, which in turn changes the color and scent of the wax from that point forward.
Collecting wax does not affect the bees- it’s kind of like pruning a plant. Of course you don’t want to prune the entire bush, but cutting it back a bit won’t harm the plant in the slightest and can actually be beneficial for its productivity as an organism.. Each hive of bees only produces about 1 to 2 lbs of wax per year. The wax is depending on the amount of honey that is produced.
We are hobbyists at this time, running about 20 hives of bees. in the past we used to run as many as 800.
I would have to say the strangest thing people have used beeswax for is either as gum or hair removal.
No, It is a fairly standard business. The industry has experienced more notoriety, though, in the past few years thanks to the push for environmental awareness and bee scarcity.
The favorite part of the job is taking crude wax and getting it back into a nice yellow beeswax for candle making.
My advice to someone interested in the industry is that it not for the weak of heart. It is a hard job, literally, working with the bees, but it so enjoyable. It’s a lot of learning by doing.
Words: Caroline Noonan