This rather innocuous image represents the initial development of something I have thus far unexplored; selling perfume commercially.
This perfume sample – outsourced to fragrance suppliers Carvansons to my specifications – will be sold at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery from May 2020, to coincide with their upcoming Pre-Raphaelite exhibition.
While this unisex fragrance is designed with an element of mass appeal, it still contains a certain conceptual weight, as it acts as an olfactory depiction of the Pre-Raphaelites and their nostalgic interpretation of medieval life. The fragrance is filled will abundant fruits and florals, representing a bountiful and quintessentially English existence. The perfume finishes with exotic spices and musks, which reference human endeavour and conquest.
Look out for my perfume if you’re in Bristol this summer!
Helen Sills 50ml EDT
Head – Orange, Lemon
Heart – Apricot, pomegranate
Body – Cocoa Bean, Vanilla
Description – A veritable horn of plenty that references the all-encompassing nature of creative action and it’s many avenues.
Sills’s Lost Dreams relates to the tragic end of many migrants who set out on a voyage to a new life and never make land.
Sills’s work and corresponding perfume portrait were exhibited at Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, in October 2019.
Stig Evans 50ml EDT
Head – Tea Tree, Clary Sage
Heart – Dandelion
Body – Patchouli, Honey
Description – A picture of alchemy, here the act of attempting to achieve Magnum Opus may or may not result in perfumery.
Evans’s Ferry is a Digitally manipulated photograph.
Evans’s work and corresponding perfume portrait were exhibited at Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, in October 2019.
Andrea Freeman 50ml EDT
Head – Lemongrass, spearmint
Heart – Juniper berry, black pepper
Body – Rosewood, amber
Description – Through intense mints and amber his fragrance references ‘Horme’ – a Greek spirit representing impulsive activity – while adhering to an authentic woody fragrance design.
Of her photograph Past Present, Future, Freeman states: ‘Travelling in a plane or train or car, I feel stationary in the present, even though I am moving, whilst the world passes by me, sometimes fast, sometimes slowly. My destination, the future is unknowable, obscured, whilst the past is reflected in the wing mirror. Past, present and future, time and space confusion – as a voyage.’
Freeman’s work and corresponding perfume portrait were exhibited at Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, in October 2019.
Marisa Culatto 50ml EDT
Head – Rosemary, Peppermint
Heart – Marjoram
Body – Mulled wine, Frankincense
Description – An ode to Hungary Water; the first known European perfume making process which still informs our understanding of the workings of scent.
Culatto’s Honest Landscape 2 was taken on a road from within the car. Thus it depicts a journey. It does so literally, but also conceptually as part of a series of photographs put through an established process that sees original images reworked, printed with a faulty home printer (which distorts colours), manually crumpled, and re-photographed again. This highlights how process driven work places the artist on a personal journey as well as the literal journey portrayed in the subject matter.
Culatto’s work and corresponding perfume portrait were exhibited at Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, in October 2019.
Catherine Higham 50ml EDT
Head – Fresh linen
Heart – Geranium, Indian geranium, Rose geranium, Rose
Body – Ylang ylang
Description – Referencing an essential oil discovery set, this fragrance acts as a test bed for floral fragrances, offset by a clean, neutral top note. Perfect for discovering preferences and nuances.
Higham’s painting Horizon is concerned with the materials and processes of landscape; both natural and fabricated.
Higham’s work and corresponding perfume portrait were exhibited at Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, in October 2019.
Agatha Smith 50ml EDT
Head – Mandarin
Heart – Rose, Clove
Body – Ylang Ylang, Cumin seed
Description – At first glance this fragrance references a traditional, deliberate floral design. However, hints of spice add personality and exploration that allow it to break its own monotony.
177 Woolwich to Peckham is the first piece from Smith’s Pocket Drawing series. Her most recent work is focused around the realisation that everyone in the world is living a life just as complex as our own, populated by their own repetitive, chaotic routines and inevitable daily journeys.
Smith’s work and corresponding perfume portrait were exhibited at Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, in October 2019.
Myfanwy Williams 50ml EDT
Head – Cut grass, Cotton
Heart – Spike lavender, Sea salt
Body – Driftwood, Musk
Description – Embracing all manner of the outdoors as a vehicle for balance, harmony and therapy. This fragrance drives a sense of adventure.
Journey is one of a series of paintings which deal with Williams’s childhood journeying by sea, travelling from one land to another, and appreciating the different ways of life, from the spices of Zanzibar to the engineering feat of the Suez Canal.
Williams’s work and corresponding perfume portrait were exhibited at Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, in October 2019.
Jenna Fox 50ml EDT
Head – Tangerine, Ravensara
Heart – Geranium,
Body – Sandalwood, Ho leaf
Description – Here domestic fragrances are offset by exotic fragrances to elicit an unnerving mystery at once familiar and alien.
Fox’s Making a Run for It depicts a quintessential English cup and saucer that has grown chicken feet and is making a run for it as the start of a new adventure and voyage into the unknown. This work highlights Fox’s overarching concerns regarding how our homes affect us and our psychological state and reflect our inner psyche.
Fox’s work and corresponding perfume portrait were exhibited at Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, in October 2019.