Unless you've been hiding under a rock, I'm sure you've seen your fair share of skull candles scattered around different trendy retail outlets lately. However, I bet you haven't seen any quite as detailed and creative as the ones Matt makes under his design label kisshugkiss.
Matt's always had an interest in skulls but it wasn't until an old school friend, who also had a fond appreciation for bone anatomy, sent him a youtube link of a guy making skull candles that really grabbed Matt's attention.
Being the multi-talented man he is (he's also a graphic designer, furniture craftsman and typographist) and a romantic at heart, he ordered what was needed to make one of these DIY skull candles to give to his girlfriend (yes, sorry girls he's taken). It wasn't long before his girlfriends' friends were lining up to get their hands on one of his skulls – and it just snowballed from there.
"Every time I made one it was out the door."
It isn't only the level of craftsmanship that separates Matt's skull candles with all the others, he sources the best quality and most sustainable Australian made wax he can find – apparently that's bee's wax – and uses leftover cut-off materials provided by his sister who is studying fashion design, for packaging.
"Most candles are made from paraffin wax, which is mainly crude oil, and I certainly didn't want to go down that path..."
With the level of demand for his skull candles you'd think Matt would be content with that, but Matt's the type of guy who draws inspiration and motivation from variety and change. He's already working on designing art feature pieces for interiors.
"I think if you pigeonhole yourself creatively you begin to fizzle out... if I could stay at uni and study every type of design discipline, I would."
He also plans to launch an online shop on his website www.kisshugkiss.com.au where you'll be able to directly buy one of his skulls. Just goes to show, you should always stay in contact with your old school friends.