ArtCraft@ Vredenheim is a partnership between Vredenheim and Francilla Bekker, creating jobs for unemployed members of the community through creative, hand-crafted candle making.
Francilla Bekker started hand-painting candles 15 years ago as a hobby. When a school asked her to paint some candles as a fundraiser for their matric farewell, it was the beginning of her entrepreneurial venture. She also realised the potential for creating work opportunities. She now provides handmade and hand-painted candles throughout South Africa. She also exports her products to Namibia and Germany.
Francilla is joined by Mirriam, Shamela, Angela and Rochelle – a formidable team that ensures each candle meets the highest standards of quality before it leaves the premises.
The candles are made from fully refined paraffin wax and the pigment and wick are the finest available. Mirriam, Shamela, Angela and Rochelle are proud of their work and the designs they paint on each candle. They also take care of wrapping every candle with cellophane before it leaves the premises.
ArtCraft@Vredenheim recently expanded its product range by adding products from Dawie Venter’s art. Keep an eye open for further additions to their product range.
The studio is situated at Vredenheim, adjacent to the Tasting Room. Visitors, on their way to visit the cat park, walk through the studio. Visitors are encouraged to chat to the ArtCraft team about their candle making, and to browse the beautiful range of candles available for sale – the perfect gift or memento of your unique Vredenheim experience.