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Perfume Portrait #90 – Suman

Head – Mandarin20190227_193855

Heart – Neroli

Body – Cedarwood

Description – A clear, direct fragrance that gives you the apparatus you need to express yourself: From confident citrus offering mental clarity to a strong, grounded body of cedarwood. Neroli gives balance to the fragrance; offering a rounded symbol of the freedom to be who you want to be.

This fragrance will be exhibited alongside 9 other perfume portraits at Lumen Crypt Gallery, London from 4th – 7th April 2019.

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Perfume Portrait #43 – Julianne Chauhan

Julianne Chauhan 50ml EDT20171103_202936

Head – Bergamot

Heart – Geranium, Camphor

Body – Myrrh, Cumin Seed

Description – This fragrance weaves a rich narrative that describes the vulnerability of liberation. Delicate florals are offset by an expressive citrus and placed in a complex bed of wood and musk.

This fragrance was on display at Surface Gallery, Nottingham, from 2nd – 18th November 2017.


My Perfume Making Workshop

Yesterday I held a perfume making workshop at Bank Street Arts which gave the participants the chance to make their own fragrance and gave a sneak peek (or a sneak sniff) of some of the perfumes that will be on display for my upcoming exhibition.

Within a formal and relaxed atmosphere I talked a little about my approach to perfumery and how it can be a platform for portraiture. I then gave a demonstration of the perfume making process before overseeing participants make scents of their own.

I don’t claim to be a perfume making expert but one string to my bow which separates me from conventional perfumers is the freedom of experimentation and failure. It doesn’t matter if I make a bit of a hash of a fragrance, because it’s a learning process. And it doesn’t necessarily matter if a fragrance smells nice, because my approach seeks to place perfumery within a fine art context. I think this translates into a pertinent learning experience, which seems to have inspired, and made people think about the possibilities of scent and the implications of finding alternative functions of a pre-conceived product.

All in all, this workshop was a great way to talk about perfume from the context of fine art and I’ll be running drop-in workshops during my exhibition.