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Perfume Portrait #115 – Robert Verrill

Robert Verrill  50ml EDT

Head – Pomegranate

Heart – Black pepper, ginger

Body – Benzoin, myrrh

Description – A provocative and thoughtful fragrance that references Pliny the Elder and his Naturalis Historia, which was critical and challenging of the frivolity of perfume.

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Verrill’s To The World with Love references travel and voyages in several ways. It is made from found materials which themselves speak of travel and journeys: corrugated cardboard from a box that would have carried some consumable product around the world; plastic binding and string which would have bound a box or container or bundle of items in transit. These materials have been on one more voyage of transformation – the cardboard soaked, perforated and rebound with the plastic binding and string to re-emerge at the destination in the form of a utilitarian, improvised handbag and strap that carries a message of hope around the world for our deliverance from environmental catastrophe.

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Verrill’s work and corresponding perfume portrait were exhibited at Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, in October 2019.


The Fruits of Crowdfunding

It’s a whole two months since my crowdfunding ended and, hidden between satisfying crowdfunding rewards and producing works for an upcoming exhibition in September, the materials I have been able to purchase from crowdfunding funds is beginning to arrive:

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Yes, everyday I am awash with sheer joyous anticipation as I await the sound of the postman’s footsteps, wondering what scented delights he’ll grace my letterbox with this time. I Have purchased around £200 worth of materials – around half of my total crowdfunding funds, and I have around another £100 to use before my exhibition at Bank Street Arts in February next year.

Still, receiving materials is all fine and dandy, but also pretty useless if you don’t crack ’em open and start using them. Needless to say over the next four months I’ll be very busy, with an aim to create 50 perfume portraits of artists before February, taking into account all experimentation and complications. So better get on with t then eh?!

Once again, thank you so much to everyone who contributed to my crowdfunding campaign 🙂


My Paint-Making Workshop Experience

So, I’ve finally gone and done a bit of teaching. I have finally imparted whatever remnants of wisdom I have onto others, which they can apply to their own artistic endeavours. How did it go? Well, rather bloody well actually. And I am very grateful to Cupola Gallery for their hospitality and for thinking that a paint making workshop was a good idea in the first place.

My paint-making workshop in action!

My paint-making workshop in action!

My workshop seems to be pretty solid ‘straight out of the box,’ with only a few tweaks needed for my next gig at Bank Street Arts. 5 people attended, which was perfect because I was able to conduct the workshop with a sense of informality. It felt more like a few friends with like-minded ambitions that came together to chat about an artistic endeavour, which was lovely, as I was instantly able to feel at ease.

I started by introducing myself and my practice and showed examples of my paint applied to a surface. I then proceeded to conduct a working demonstration of how paint is created before the attendees had a go themselves: A pretty simple yet effective workshop model. However, whilst I knew more or less what to expect, what I hadn’t bargained for was how I would feel afterwards. A palpable sense of accomplishment engrossed me as I knew that those who attended had gone away with something useful, tangible and captivating.

However, my workshop was by no means perfect. Hare a few things that I will tweak for the future:

  • I need a few more props and materials. – I didn’t bargain for the volume of work that would be created. Bringing too many materials would be more beneficial than bringing just enough. I ran out of eggs part way through – though that was easily redeemed by nipping to ASDA. I also ran short of canvas board. Which was less redeemable, but I got round it by supplying paper and acetate. I also think that a hand-out, describing and imbedding what I said throughout the workshop, would be valuable for attendees to take home.
  • I need to remember that there is value in what I have to say – I felt a little awkward initially adopting the role of a teacher. What I do as an artist is quite idiosyncratic and intuitive: But I think that if what I do can’t be imparted in some way, allowing people to apply it to their own way of thinking, then it is useless. Workshops are a good way to share experiences, and the reason why people attend a workshop like this is to learn. Embracing the teacher dynamic with confidence may make for more coherent and engaging workshop in the future.

So, with this, and my experience in mind, I will now strive to make my Bank Street Arts paint making workshop every bit a success.

If you’re interested in attending my paint making workshop at Bank Street Arts on 28th September, you can find details here – https://www.facebook.com/events/649424818409817/?ref=22