Artist Collab Series: Penrose Candles

Penrose Candles are handcrafted in Portland, OR from natural soy wax with fine fragrance & essential oils. This set is part of a special collaboration between Tender Loving Empire and Penrose Candles. Inspired by nature, memory and places both real and imaginary, these three scents pay homage to Oregon’s diverse and unique landscape—from high desert to coast to valley.

The Tender Loving Empire Artist Collab Series was dreamed up at the end of 2017 as the TLE team was considering new ways to empower and engage with our local community of makers. Over many brainstorming sessions, coffee dates, studio visits, and email threads our teams worked together to discuss and decide everything from product choices, packaging materials, color swatches, process videos and more. The result is five curated collections inspired by TLE’s core values, co-designed by Tender Loving Empire and some of our favorite vendors: Upper Metal Class, The Far Woods, Penrose, Sissy Moon and Betsy & Iya. We’re ecstatic to share these products with you over the next several months, which will be available exclusively at Tender Loving Empire shops and at

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Meet Amy & Joe

How did you get started?

I was never happy with the fragrances or the aesthetic of other candles and began to play around with fragrance creation. I soon became obsessed with the intricacies of candle making and fragrance design.

Favorite thing about being a maker?

As a graphic designer, I've always wanted to create my own brand and Penrose gives me creative freedom that I couldn't find anywhere else.

What values do you integrate into your work?

We believe everything should be as simple as possible – each element from the curve of our ceramic jars to the materials to the specific notes in each fragrance have been carefully considered. Part of embracing reusability is creating products that people want to reuse.

Advice for beginners?

Don’t be afraid to reinvent yourself. Trust your instincts and be decisive.



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