Today we welcome you to discover The Dietrich Collection, a collection of soy candles lovingly hand poured in Sydney, Australia by founder and owner, Hannah Dietrich.
Here at Saddler & Co, we are loving the beautiful scent of these candles burning in our store each day. Each one is designed to bring a little moment of serenity into your day, to encourage a nostalgic memory from the powerful experience of scent. Hannah spends hours mixing scents and perfecting these hand made soy candles so that when you get your first wandering waft it takes you someplace down memory lane...
How did the start of your brand develop?
My two sisters Naomi and Esther ("The Sisters" Floral Designers) wanted to have amazing candles in their store but without having to import a brand that everyone else had. I spent a year trialing and testing before I started my first range. From there love spread and before long I was stocking a few local shops and doing a couple of local markets for some brand exposure.
What is your dream project?
I was very honored to have the candle collection feature on The Block a couple of years back, and I love to stock in beautiful shops.
I think the dream projects have been the ones where I create a product as a collaboration with another creative person. It's always a little bit of fun to spot my candles in magazines or newspapers too - that always makes me smile.
What could you not live without?
The family that God has given me. My husband is my sidekick, my helper, my friend, my lover and also my wick man. He has an eye and a patience to have each candle just right.
My four children Oscar (6), Haven (4), Anchor (2), and Zion (9 months). Also my amazing parents, my beautiful siblings especially my sisters who push me to be better and push my creativity within the business as well as in my life.
Do you enjoy having creative right over your own work every day?
Of course. There are times when you feel more or less like creating so it's amazing to be able to run a business with the ebbs and flow of life. I also like to create things just for me on occasion, because I like it.
What do you find most inhibits your work or projects?
I catch myself smiling right now because that is such an easy one to answer.
It has to be being a mum. Having 4 small kids close in age has it's incredible moments, its laughs and tears. I wouldn't change it for the world, so it means business has to form around those little ones. It may mean you put off doing a candle pour to cuddle a little one or feed a babe. I love my family so it was always going to be family first, business second and as a driven person I often need to remind myself that this is ok.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
The pleasure it gives others when they love something I have created.
Thanks very much to Hannah from The Dietrich Collection for this insight into daily life and work.
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Photo Credit: Candles in store at Saddler & Co captured by Abbie Melle.