Nestled between three established perfume retailers, October will see me take up an artists’ residence in Orchard Square, Sheffield. Nominally a retail unit, my residency will hope to subvert preconceptions of fragrance, which is steeped in consumerism and profit. It will instead highlight the capacity perfume has for portraiture, and will offer an alternative function for fragrance, placing it as a potent means of communication.
Watch this space.
I don’t tend to structure blog posts around specific perfume making workshops but my most recent workshop – delivered at Access Space just last Thursday – felt rather significant.
It’s been almost two years to the day since embarking on Perfume as Practice. initially, I felt something of a chancer; equipped with nothing other that a desire to learn more about the craft of perfumery and how to apply it to contemporary art practice. Two years of persistence, experiments, empirical and scholarly research, however, and I feel armed with knowledge enough to deliver meaningful learning experience.
It’s very satisfying to see the fruits of my labour translated in this way, with feedback from the workshop consisting of people explicitly saying they feel they’ve learned something; I’d provided an alternative way of thinking and I’d highlighted scent as a viable mode of communication.
Feedback from previous workshops had been a little more vague, still positive, but consisting largely of general terms such as ‘fun’ and ‘different’. While I really appreciate any positive feedback, it’s nevertheless pleasing to see the weightier, conceptual side of Perfume as Practice emerge from workshop delivery.