Elevated Exposure: ARTIST edit//Morgan Conner of MOCO Candles

Community & collaboration are mega pillars in our brand.  Working with other artists gives a fresh perspective and embodies the idea of community over competition.  We firmly believe that creativity is not a competition and the more we can work together, lift each other up, utilize our platforms to cross promote, and share similar goals of sustainability & caring for our planet, the better off we will all be.  

In our first elevated exposure collab, we feature Morgan of MOCO candles.

MOCO Candles was created in 2018 by Morgan Conner. With her passion for zero waste and sustainability, her background in art and design, and her love for handcrafted goods, she sought to create a product and brand of her own -- luxury home fragrances that pose no harm to the environment.

Q & A with Morgan of MOCO

Where are you originally from & where do you currently reside/work?

I was born and raised in Shelbyville, IN and I now reside in Indianapolis, IN.


What does a typical work day look like for you?

When I’m working on my business, I don’t really tend to structure my days. My attention span can be a little spastic so I tend to jump from task to task. I love to listen to either music or YouTube while I’m working in my spare-bedroom-slash-candle-workshop-slash-spare-storage-room.


What is your earliest memory of channeling your creative flow?

I realized at an early age that being artistic is a great way to pass the time. I was an only child until I was 6 so being creative, whether it was drawing or being imaginative with my Barbies, was a way for me to keep myself occupied.


Can you explain the moment where you decided to take the risk on your ideas?

I am the type of creative who is very self critical (aren’t we all) so I tend to hold myself back. I think my most recent artsy-risk was with my Delights Collection Candles. I tend to be drawn to more minimalistic design and I used this collection to challenge and express my artistic talents.


What inspires your creativity? 

I always feel inspired after vacation. I think stepping away from the status quo gives me a refreshed perspective and is really essential to keep the creativity flowing.


Has your relationship to art/work shifted over the last couple years? How so?

When I was in art school, I really hated the work I was creating because I felt so uninspired and was honestly… probably mildly depressed. Since then, I’ve been able to see the beauty in things again and have more experiences that have helped shape my unique perspective.


What are you watching/reading/listening to right now?

I’ve been reading a lot lately. Like art, it’s been an enjoyable way for me to relax and escape. When I’m in my studio working, I often listen to a YouTube video… lately it’s been anti-MLM propaganda hahaha it’s so mind blowing.


Any advice you’d like to share for those wanting to follow their own creative path? 

Making art is a journey not a destination! Making mistakes and trying new things will lead you where you need to be. 

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It was truly a special treat to work together for this two-part collaboration with our favorite local candle maker, MOCO candles.   On our first candle collaboration back in 2020, Morgan created the squiggle we now know and love for the design of the Mama Ochre candle.  The opportunity to utilize each other’s skillsets and create new products has been a fun journey.  Here is some more info about what we created!
PART I
Made specially for Mama Ochre, The Ascend Ritual candle is a tool to use to center into a quiet moment with self. An open ended ritual that you create with no formality, just a gentle reminder to take space for you; process, find gratitude, and connect with self in an intentional way, whatever that means to you. Call it self care, call it survival, but when you light this candle, signify the beginning of your moment with self, and blow it out to symbolize completion.
 
Scent profile:
Rosemary, Sage, Sandalwood & Hemp
 
 
PART II
”Be Kind To The Planet Damn It” features Sasha soybean, a real player in making MOCO’s soy candles, who shares our visions for a sustainable world.
 
These tees are made from recycled cotton, unisex, preshrunk, ethically produced, imperfect, made in USA, and hand dyed in a minimal Cereal Milk color way that is light peach + white.
To purchase the natural cotton undyed version, visit MOCO candles’ website

 

 

SHOP THE MOCO X MAMA OCHRE COLLAB CANDLE & TEE