Hello, I’m Olivia Prentis! I’m currently going on to study a master’s degree in Digital Marketing at the University of Portsmouth while completing some freelance projects on the side. I’ve always been a creative person and have a keen eye for design. I’m always finding inspiration from packaging all around the world and I’m hoping to spend some time travelling after university.
In the future, I would love to have a more permanent freelance job and possibly set up my own design studio.
This project was a response to the Fedrigoni X Oliver Bonas brief for the YCN competition. I had to design packaging for a new range of 4 candles which would be part of the SS20 collection.
The Shibumi candle range is inspired by the Flora of Japan and is designed for people who enjoy plants, gardens, and Japanese culture. I chose to base my range around this because Japanese culture has always been something which has interested me. I chose the name "Shibumi" because it refers to a "particular aesthetic of simple, subtle and unobtrusive beauty" which I feel my candle range portrays. The box would be made from the Japanese folding technique, origami. By using origami to create the box for the candle, it really allows the Fedrigoni paper to be used to its full potential. It allows the box to be made and put together with very little glue. The paper gets layered with each fold which helps to provide structure to the box.
I learned how to write each candle scent in Kanji (one of the 3 Japanese alphabets), which was put onto the sleeve and onto the candle vessel. I used black ink and an ink pen before putting them into illustrator to finalise.
Each box has a patterned sleeve that would slide on and off each box. The pattern on the sleeve is unique to the scent of the candle. Around the candle, information is a white dashed line which has been used to symbolise the art of Sashiko (Japanese Stitching).