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A CANDLE WITH STORY (I)
有故事的蠟燭(上)

即使世界再黑暗、再複雜,你也不必懼怕。在闃寂無聲的晚上,拾起一個蠟燭,燃點燭光,那怕只是微弱搖曳的光,都可以令你看見希望。世上的照明工具何其多,但Make Your Day的創辦人Catrina以自身經歷和她親手製作的蠟燭告訴我們,唯獨蠟燭擁有神奇的力量,既可營造溫馨的氛圍,也能安撫人心。請不要小覷那一點燭光的療癒之效。

蠟燭就似良藥
創辦Make Your Day之前,Catrina是一名全職的繪畫老師。長年累積下來的工作和生活壓力,久而久之,便演變成情緒病。突如其來的病,令她一度陷入人生低潮,手足無措。失眠使她分不清晝夜,請假去看醫生更讓她受盡冷言冷語。

那時,醫生建議Catrina找一些興趣分散注意力,所以她開始嘗試接觸不同事物。後來她發現,除了繪畫外,她亦醉心於手工蠟燭。在髮型師男朋友Kilio的鼓勵下,她不斷努力鑽研手工蠟燭,心情也逐漸變好。對於Catrina來說,蠟燭不僅是手工品,更是「沒有副作用的良藥」,經常為她帶來驚喜。

Catrina和Kilio坦言,最初只希望讓自己享受製作蠟燭的過程,以治療情緒病。然而作品慢慢受身邊人青睞,二人便決定建立自己的品牌,繼而在市集、網店出售,最後更在火炭開設了工作室。工作室分成兩半,一邊做蠟燭,一邊替客人剪頭髮,看起來互不相干的兩件事,其實有莫大的共通點,就是讓人能暫時忘記煩憂。從一開始在圖書館翻閱手工蠟燭的資料,到擁有自己專屬的工作室,一切儼如雲煙般一晃而過。「我們兩個都是沒有壓力的人,沒有期望就不會失望,哈哈。」他們輕輕笑著,言語之間透露出悠然自得的神情,以及隨遇而安的自在感。就像Catrina在機緣巧合下遇見蠟燭一樣,人生許多事情都毫無預兆,我們何不從容面對每件事?

從零開始 享受過程
說到蠟燭,大家可能只會聯想到生日或中秋節時所用的款式。Make Your Day的手工蠟燭卻有很多款式,絕對超乎你的想像,包括三角形、球體、水晶狀……一應俱全。如此美麗百變的蠟燭,當然不是三扒兩撥的功夫就可以完成。

首先,你要決定自己想做哪一款蠟燭。聽起來有點行貨,但不同款式的蠟燭,所需要的材料都不一樣,因此必須預先計劃好。選定後,就要考慮用甚麼蠟才可做出理想的色澤、透光度和軟硬度,再調較好溫度,按照其熔點開始熔蠟。已溶掉的蠟慢慢冷卻時,你便可以進行調色,並放數滴香薰油。輕輕地攪拌後,才可以將蠟倒入模具中。這時候,你就能加入自己的設計,做出獨一無二的蠟燭了!

Catrina直指,做蠟燭最講求的就是有耐性。直徑僅10厘米的蠟燭,也要等待數小時才能乾透。相信做蠟燭是讓勞碌的香港人放鬆下來的好方法。

無法言喻的滿足
雖然Kilio原本是髮型師,但受Catrina的耳濡目染下,他亦漸漸體會到蠟燭的魅力。「打從選擇用哪一種蠟起,你便要花心機去調較顏色和掌握好溫度,每一個細節都要在動手前構思好。當做出來的成品符合你預期所想,必定會有很大的成功感。」也許只有手工蠟燭,才能為Catrina和Kilio帶來無可取替的滿足感。

(待續)

撰文:王以珞
相片:王以珞、Make Your Day Facebook專頁
美術:王曉澄

Even if the world is getting darker and more intricate, don’t be afraid. On a lonely and silent night, pick up a candle, light it by fire, and you will start to realize that you could still find hope in your life. Although there are oodles of lighting tools in the world, Catrina, the founder of Make Your Day, relates to her own experiences and tells us that candle has the magical power that transcends all other lighting tools. Not only can candles create a cozy ambience, but they can also heal the hearts of many people. Never underestimate the influence of a candle flame.

A Candle Is Like A Medicine
Before establishing the brand “Make Your Day”, Catrina was a full-time drawing teacher. Working and living under high pressure for many years, she was once diagnosed with mood disorder, which had left her in a predicament. She had gone through a lot of sleepless nights, and she was exhausted by the mockeries of her colleagues because she needed to request for sick leave very often.

At that time, Catrina’s doctor suggested her to find a hobby to divert her attention away from the stress. Then, she started to try develop different hobbies, and yet she soon felt an affinity with handcrafted candles. With the encouragement of her boyfriend, Kilio, who is also a hairstylist, Catrina started to delve into handcrafted candles. To Catrina, candles are not just handicrafts, but “a medicine without any side effects” that keep surprising her.

Catrina and Kilio frankly said that they just wanted to enjoy the process of making candles at first in order to cure the mood disorder. Since their candles kept receiving good comments from others, they decided to establish a new brand and sold their candles in handicraft fairs and through online platforms. Finally, they opened a studio in Fo Tan, which is well divided into two sides for both making candles and doing hair styling. These two things seem to be irrelevant, but they have something in common—allowing people to stay away from anxiety for a while. From reading the books about handcrafted candles, to having a studio of their own, everything happened in fast-forward. “We both don’t like to push ourselves. When there is no expectation, there is no disappointment. Ha-ha.” They beamed with pleasure, revealing an attitude of taking things easy. Just as how Catrina discovered her passion for making candles, life is filled with unexpected moments. Why don’t we try to accept all things calmly?

Enjoy The Process From Zero
When it comes to candles, one would probably associate with the candles that we use during birthday and mid-autumn festival celebrations. The handcrafted candles sold by Make Your Day are very special. They have different shapes like triangular pyramids, spheres and crystals. And of course, it requires loads of hard work and time to make these beautiful candles.

First of all, you have to decide the type of candle that you want to make, since different materials are needed for making different candles. After that, you need to consider the wax for creating the candles with the color, transparency and softness that you want. Melt the wax according to its melting point and wait until it cools down. During the process of cooling down, add some pigments and a few drops of aroma oils. Stir the melted wax gently with a rod and then pour it into the mold. Now it is the time for you to add your own design to the candle!

Catrina pinpoints that the key to make a candle is patience. Even a candle with a diameter of 10 cm requires more than 2 hours to completely solidify. Making candles is definitely a good way for Hongkongers to slow down and eliminate stress.

The Indescribable Satisfaction
Though Kilio is a hairstylist, he has also fallen for the charm of handcrafted candles. “From choosing wax to adjusting the color and temperature, every step needs to be planned before actually making a candle. When the finishing product meets with my expectations, I would have a great feeling of achievement.” Perhaps, only handcrafted candles can give Catrina and Kilio an incomparable satisfaction.

(To be continued)

Text: Elok Wong
Photo: Elok Wong, Make Your Day Facebook page
Art: Agnes Wong

ISSUE #187

A CANDLE WITH STORY (I)

 

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