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An Invitation to Unity

I would like to invite everyone to the opening evening of  UNITY on Friday 19th August 2016, from 6-8pm. 
 
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UNITY is an exhibition celebrating togetherness following the recent EU referendum. The exhibition is a chance for people to come together in a positive way, and share their own interpretation of what unity means to them. It has been devised and curated by Michael Borkowsky and Sharon Mossbeck.

50 artists from around the UK have submitted work, making for an exciting and diverse exhibition. Refreshments available during the open evening and you will have the chance to meet many of the artists involved.

Entry is FREE, and you can find us at Exchange Place Studios, Exchange Street, Sheffield S2 5SZ

Other than the open evening, the exhibition runs from Thursday 18th August – Thursday 25th August 2016. Our opening times are: 10am – 4pm Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri; 11am – 4pm Thurs, Sat Sun

Any work sold in the exhibition will see 5% of the price going to South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation. For 30 years the foundation have been supporting community groups who help people facing hardship and disadvantage, and those working to improve the communities they live in.
I hope you can make it!
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Notes on Ideas

Further reflections on Perfume as Practice have lead to the following conclusions:

  1. If you think you have a good idea, think of a better one.
  2. Only about 2 ideas per year are really good enough to instigate sustained creative activity.
  3. Strive for innovation.
  4. That is all, initially.

Returning to Crowdfunding

A mere 8 months since my solo crowdfunding effort, I find myself once again involved in such a campaign! This time though, it’s a group effort.

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Click here to support SCI Art-Athena

SCI – an arts collaborative I am a part of – are looking to raise funds for the opportunity to exhibit internationally. Reaching our goal will enable at least two members of the collaborative to travel to Athens

This is a great opportunity for SCI to develop as a collaborative, and will also gives you a fantastic opportunity to purchase some unique and handmade pieces of work: From paper drawings to etchings, and from paintings to mixed media collages, this crowdfunding campaign has something for everyone. Your contribution will also support the arts and offer the chance for a group of artists to gain new opportunities and new ways of developing their careers, which is a brilliant thing to give.

We’ve made a fantastic start – already raising a quarter of the funds we need. But we still need your help! Any contribution or promoting of the campaign would be very appriciated. And I’d like to say thank you so much to those who have already engaged with the project.

You can find more information about the project and how to donate here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sci-platforms-project-at-art-athena-2016#/

Many thanks!


A Period of Quiet Development

Almost three weeks has past since Perfume as Practice – my exhibition at Bank Street Arts – closed. It’s been a reasonably quiet period, comprising chiefly of plotting further navigations into the world of perfumery. Something persistent from the exhibition that I keep mentally revisiting is the idea that, although Perfume as Practice was successful and very well received, I still feel as though I could improve it.

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It’s just as well, seeing as it was the first time I outwardly projected my approach to perfumery. I know full well that the quality of the perfume, while ok, still lacked a degree of authenticity needed to propel the exhibition from an arts space to a speculative perfumery space. This is something I wanted to do as to engage a wider audience.

I wanted the exhibition to reveal itself as a fine art endeavour, while initially appearing as a perfume shop. I wanted to do this as to reassess the virtues of a shop space, how we experience and identify with consumer products and how we can disrupt this process. In reality, I think my audience simply entered the space knowing it was an art exhibition about perfume. Perhaps a different approach to marketing was required, along with better quality bottles. I suppose it doesn’t matter too much, though it is important to understand the failings of an exhibition if you are to progress.

And what of the idea of creating perfume portraits? Well, I feel slightly conflicted about it. You see, I tend to strive for new ideas without attempting to define and develop them. It almost feels counter-intuitive to persist with the idea of perfume portraits, as my mind is filled with other ideas I wish to explore.

Though persist I certainly will. I do feel rather buoyed about just how well the exhibition was received. The idea of making portraits from perfume is very accessible yet innovative, and this is still the case. Therefore it seems correct to continue creating perfume portraits and attempting to extend our knowledge of what scent, perfume and portraiture can be.

 

Perhaps – heaven forbid – I am displaying a little maturity with Perfume as Practice. 5 years ago, I would have flitted between ideas without attempting to refine, define or meaningfully develop. A more disciplined head is telling me that developing the idea of perfume portraits will engage a wide audience whilst still striving for innovative and exciting ways of making art.


Reflecting on Perfume as Practice

A whole year has passed since the conception of Perfume as Practice. The original premise was an investigation into whether perfume could be a viable creative activity and whether scent could engage an audience. It was clear from the off that there was potential there. Especially as perfume has pre-conceptions that can be confounded and extended beyond the typically regarded product.

I needed a hook though – a clear and concise avenue of enquiry that could captivate and intrigue a wide audience. Perfume used as a means to create portraits seemed to fit this bill perfectly and, as I have navigated though the world of fragrance, it is clear that this avenue has the potential to inspire.

The culmination of this is an exhibition currently running at Bank Street Arts. In a space curated to resemble a perfume shop and an art exhibition simultaneously, the exhibition displays 25 perfume portraits of other artists, with the intention of capturing the essence of what makes an artist an artist.

A Private View of the exhibition and a talk were held last week, both very well attended which immediately aroused suspicions that I’ve gone and hit on something with all this perfume lark. Reactions were overwhelmingly positive, ranging from the simple fact that there aren’t many – if any – exhibitions of this nature from the notion that I can change peoples’ perceptions of scent, perfume, portraiture and even art in general.

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I had a few reservations about the exhibition initially. Many scent-based exhibitions seem to lean towards being gimmicky. I think I managed to avoid this by staying true to the artistry of perfume making – all 25 perfumes are nominally eau de toilettes – which also goes some way towards creating a sense of authenticity around the space.

Any reservations were quickly extinguished due to initial reaction from an audience being so positive. I seem to have achieved a multi-layered exhibition, engaging those interested in the aesthetics of the bottles to those intrigued by the prospect of portraiture being examined from a different, fragrant space. The exhibition simultaneously informs our understanding of scent and looks pretty cool. This is great because when developing conceptual creative activity it’s easy to become quite impenetrable. I guess everyone has their own thoughts towards perfumery and the space I have created becomes a space where such thoughts develop and meet.

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Safe to say that I am happy with my exhibition. I think, finally, I have created something that surpasses the work I made for my B.A at Chester University. (It’s only been 9 years coming!) But, where to go from here? Well the short answer is to keep going. It’s very easy to flit between ideas as an artist, but without persistence, commitment and discipline your ideas stay ambiguous and underdeveloped. For its successes I still think that Perfume as Practice could be better, and I want to start by consolidating everything I have learnt from my first year as a fine art perfumer in order to make more refined and coherent perfumes for forthcoming exhibitions.

Once again, a big thank you to everyone who came to the Private View! …Perfume as Practice runs from now until 18th March at Bank Street Arts (Wednesday – Saturday, 11-4)

 


The Show Must Go On!

As I look out of the window to the relentless snow I do sigh to myself and think to myself ‘For God sake! Today of all days!’ …Typical eh? And rather ironic because I deliberately waited an extra two weeks to run my show – Perfume as Practice – at Bank Street Arts in an attempt to avoid the snow! Ah well, such is life. And the show must – and indeed will – go on!

And why not? It’s certainly looking – and smelling – like it will be quite a successful event. Certainly from a critical perspective. It’s certainly been a while coming, and I have used my 1 year as a resident at Bank Street Arts to refine my perfume making processes and arrive at a coherent and meaningful exhibition.

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So if you’re around Sheffield tonight (or even if you’re not!) I would love to see you at the Private View of this exhibition. Initial responses from the few days it has been open point towards an innovative, fun and intriguing approach to perfumery that makes you think a little differently and confound your expectations. This is great as it’s pretty much what I’m aiming for! So do pop along if you can make it 🙂

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Perfume Portrait #25 – M.Sasaki

M. Sasaki 50ml EDT Mizuki Sasaki EDT 50ml

Description

A mellow scent designed to embrace mistakes. Here, an approximation for the sky has been achieved through the joy of making a mess. A dripping mass of yellow makes for a sun while the speedy and zestful application of blue completes a bold image. Perfect for those moments of pure unabashed freedom.

Features 

The ultimate de-stress tonic with the ability to conjure a few surprises. Frankincense, geranium and lemon combine to relax. Cinnamon, an anomaly within the context of the other fragrances, may be a mistake, yet still adheres to a relaxing vibe.

This fragrance was created by interpreting and investigating a response to the question ‘Why do you make art?’ If you are an artist (in the broadest sense of the word) I would love to her your response to the question too, as it will enable me to create a perfume portrait that captures the essence of your creative persona.

This perfume will be on display at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, from 2-18th March 2016. There will be a Private View on the 2nd March from 6-8pm. More details
here


Perfume Portrait #24 – Lizzy Alageswaran

Lizzy Alageswaran 50ml EDT Lizzy Alageswaran 50ml EDT

Description

Using the boundless beauty of the sea to act as a metaphor for happiness and energy, this fragrance perfectly expresses the innate joy of creating and champions a strong sense of self.

Features 

A confident and restorative fragrance that allows you to take pride in your creative convictions. Orange, geranium and clove exude happiness, and this is supported by the inner peace offered by sandalwood, creative alertness offered by bergamot and mental stimulation offered by lavender.

This fragrance was created by interpreting and investigating a response to the question ‘Why do you make art?’ If you are an artist (in the broadest sense of the word) I would love to her your response to the question too, as it will enable me to create a perfume portrait that captures the essence of your creative persona.

This perfume will be on display at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, from 2-18th March 2016. There will be a Private View on the 2nd March from 6-8pm. More details
here


Perfume Portrait #23 – Clare McLaughlin

Clare McLaughlin 50ml EDTClare McLaughlin EDT 50ml

Description

Using the aesthetics of World War 1 Dazzle Ships as a metaphor for instigating change within creative practice, this fragrance champions innovative solutions to pre-conceived ideals and is persuasive in the business of thinking outside the box. Perfect for times when the only way forward is through new approaches.

Features 

As the aesthetics confound and alter perception, so too does the actual fragrance. Nominally floral with notes such as geranium and jasmine, yet designed to bush the boundaries of what floral can be with notes such as cinnamon and ginger.

This fragrance was created by interpreting and investigating a response to the question ‘Why do you make art?’ If you are an artist (in the broadest sense of the word) I would love to her your response to the question too, as it will enable me to create a perfume portrait that captures the essence of your creative persona.

This perfume will be on display at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, from 2-18th March 2016. There will be a Private View on the 4th March from 6-8pm. More details  here


Perfume Portrait #22 – Mark Heyster

Mark Heyster 50ml EDT Mark Heyster 50ml EDT

Description

Travel perfume – but not as you know it! Here, the process of making is aligned to a journey of the mind and as such, reminds you of the value of process. The perfect fragrance for those times where empirical enquiry and the act of creating take precedent over the end product.

Features 

Here, notes display the mental agility needed to consider the value of process whilst also suggesting the virtues of a journey. Geranium and palmarosa display emotional fortitude while eucalyptus and lemongrass act as the practical equipment needed for navigation. Lavender champions both mental and physical clarity while musk displays a more literal and exotic sense of travel.

This fragrance was created by interpreting and investigating a response to the question ‘Why do you make art?’ If you are an artist (in the broadest sense of the word) I would love to her your response to the question too, as it will enable me to create a perfume portrait that captures the essence of your creative persona.

This perfume will be on display at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, from 2-18th March 2016. There will be a Private View on the 4th March from 6-8pm. More details here