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Confessions of the Thirteenth Star Sign

Somewhere within the administrative and organisational standpoints of conceiving and curating The Court of Love, I managed to create my own work, Zodiac Man:

Zodiac Man is a speculative range of fragrances that each represent signs of the zodiac. It references and exposes the historical connections fragrance has with medicine. Indeed, in a bid to re-establish such connections, each bottle is priced at £8.40 – the current price of an NHS prescription.

A narrative exists within this piece, that suggests the body’s equilibrium – and therefore personal health and wellbeing – can be retained by acquainting yourself with the scent your lover’s star sign. If you don’t have a lover, the scent of Ophiuchus – an historically recognised 13th Star Sign – acts as a facsimile.

However, prolonged acquaintance with the piece may reveal several falsehoods. Chief among them is the fact that Ophiuchus is actually a placebo – it doesn’t contain any of the fragrance oils stated and is in fact just a bottle of scentless sweet almond oil. This may assume that the components of love cannot be meaningfully replicated, and that such a placebo must be prescribed for the psychological benefit of those without love in their lives in order to assume health and wellbeing.

Of course, such a standpoint will differ depending on one’s initial preconception of love and the notion of astrology. After all, the value of each fragrance is not decided by its components, but by the significance we place on it. And in the context of this exhibition, Zodiac Man may reveal an audience’s perception of love, how the implications of love apply to experiences, how relationships are connected to health and how the craft of perfumery has capacity for narrative.

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Bone cancer stories #9 – 50ml EDT

IMG_4321Head – Orange, Bergamot

Heart – Coriander, Clove

Body – Frankincense, Sandalwood

Bridge – Benzoin, Black Pepper, Petitgrain

Description – Exuding happiness derived from both personal trails and family support. This fragrance displays a wholesome sense of positivity.

Features – Frankincense and Sandalwood utilise their woody tones to describe a support structure which in turn allows light, fresh citrus tones to reveal positivity. Clove and Coriander add depth and supports a sense of mental clarity in adversity.

On 7th May 2016 I created a scent trail of 10 fragrances in The Tetley, Leeds, each describing individual stories of  bone cancer patients. My approach afforded consideration towards methods of coping with bone cancer, though chiefly I wanted the positivity, courage, compassion and strength that emerged when faced with adversity to be prominent, alongside the individual traits that sustained, regardless of the disease. 

Over the coming weeks I will be posting all 10 perfume portraits that represent the stories of bone cancer patients, though names will be omitted as a mark of respect. 

 


Bone Cancer Stories #7 – 50ml EDT

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Head – Thyme, Lemongrass

Heart – Geranium, Lavender, Palma Rosa

Body – Patchouli, Frankincense

Bridge – Benzoin, Black Pepper, Petitgrain

Description – Confident in its presentation and clear in its goals, this fragrance reminds you to strive for your passions and get the most out of life.

Features – Nominally fresh and floral, this fragrance weaves passion with femininity. Additional depth is found in Frankincense and Geranium – supporting the virtues of courage, and thyme, which champions mental focus.

On 7th May 2016 I created a scent trail of 10 fragrances in The Tetley, Leeds, each describing individual stories of  bone cancer patients. My approach afforded consideration towards methods of coping with bone cancer, though chiefly I wanted the positivity, courage, compassion and strength that emerged when faced with adversity to be prominent, alongside the individual traits that sustained, regardless of the disease. 

Over the coming weeks I will be posting all 10 perfume portraits that represent the stories of bone cancer patients, though names will be omitted as a mark of respect. 

for more information about bone cancer please see the Bone Cancer Research Trust’s website, found here.


Bone Cancer Stories #3 – 50ml EDT

IMG_4279Head – Peppermint, Basil

Heart – Jasmine, Ginger

Body – Sandalwood, Vanilla Musk

Bridge – Benzoin, Black Pepper, Petitgrain

Description – Drenched in confidence and the ability to entertain, this fragrance champions positivity and tells of self-assurance in times of hardship.

Features – Basil – synonymous with mental fortitude – is accompanied by the sense of awareness offered by Sandalwood and the sense of fun found in vanilla musk. Jasmine offers depth while Peppermint and Ginger offer a degree of mystique akin to a magician’s sleight of hand.

On 7th May 2016 I created a scent trail of 10 fragrances in The Tetley, Leeds, each describing individual stories of  bone cancer patients. My approach afforded consideration towards methods of coping with bone cancer, though chiefly I wanted the positivity, courage, compassion and strength that emerged when faced with adversity to be prominent, alongside the individual traits that sustained, regardless of the disease. 

Over the coming weeks I will be posting all 10 perfume portraits that represent the stories of bone cancer patients, though names will be omitted as a mark of respect. 

for more information about bone cancer please see the Bone Cancer Research Trust’s website, found here.