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Candles carry magical mystical properties and have been used in worship and prayer for thousands of years, beeswax candles in particular are sacred conduits. Bees and beeswax were worshiped in Ancient Egypt and even earlier by goddess cults. In this class we will focus on dipping beeswax candles with intention. As the winter solstice approaches dipping beeswax candles bringing light and warmth into the darker months. The art of dipping candles is slow and rhythmic, first in wax and then water. During this slow meditative practice you can imbue your candles with intentions, magic, and gratitude so that when they burn they release that energy into the universe. Burning beeswax candles is said to have healing properties by producing negative ions, purifying the air and improving one’s health, energy, and mood. In this class, you will learn how to dip candles with everyday materials, such as: a tin can, double burners, raw wick and beeswax. You will practice the art of dipping by making a little pair of candles so you can learn the technique and after becoming familiar with the nature of the material you will be free to dip to your hearts content... around 6 pairs of candles. We will talk about the mystical properties of beeswax and it’s relationship to art, goddess cults, and shamanic practices.
Bio: Hannah Vainstein (b.1984. Los Angeles, CA) is an artist who maintains a multi-disciplinary practice that explores everyday ritual. Vainstein’s practice of “making” includes a long-term projects: THE LOWER LODGE, an artist salon, studio and boutique, an outlet of seasonal making emphasizing an integrated and sustainable lifestyle, HAPPY CLUB a dance collective centered around seasonal celebrations and SQUEEZE MAGAZINE is a women’s health and sex magazine focusing on the art of bathing and body rituals.