In our next Meet and Greet we would like to introduce you to the face behind Candle by Night - Sarah Ditchfield
Describe yourself briefly Hello, I’m Sarah and, prior to becoming a mother, I held a number of senior roles in human resources, specialising in training and development. Five years ago my husband bought me a candle-making kit for Christmas and, over the next couple of years I developed a number of candle-making techniques using natural waxes. I now incorporate my passion for creating candles, together with my experience of training, to run candle-making workshops, children’s birthday parties and corporate team-building events.
I am married to Philip and have two lovely children, Louise age 10 and Christopher age 8.
Describe your style? All the candles I sell are made using the natural beauty of soy wax; they are packaged in organza bags and decorated with beautiful handmade mulberry roses.
Tell us about your workspace? My workshop is in a conservatory, which is a lovely place to work as it’s spacious and light. I use solar panels to provide hot water and electricity, helping to make my candles environmentally friendly.
How and when did you get involved with Collective Art in Marlow? I was invited to join by Julia Hayward from the beginning and it’s been a wonderful experience working alongside a group of passionate artisans.
What is your favourite technique? I like to experiment with natural waxes – one example is pouring boiling wax onto ice, which creates the most fascinating three dimensional crystal structures.
Apart from candle-making do you have any other creative interests? I love cooking and preparing dishes from around the world!
As a bit of fun we also asked Sarah the following:
Favourite film: Two Christmas films – Polar Express and Love Actually – they both make me cry!
Pets: Amber our lovely Welsh Springer Spaniel
Favourite place to be: At home with my family
Person I'd most like to invite to dinner: My husband
Random fact about me: I contributed as an author to a Dorling Kindersley book called Craft, which was published in October this year and promoted at the Frankfurt Book Fair.