artist | playing with perfume | speculating on studio spaces | commenting with candles

Posts tagged “smell

Perfume Portrait #114 – Heather Fiona Martin

Heather Fiona Martin 50ml EDT

Head – Green Apple, Mandarin

Heart – Moss, Fir needle

Body –  Sandalwood, Patchouli

Description – Inspired by symbiotic relationships, and narratives found in nature, this concoction of earths and woods is at once balanced and chaotic.

IMG_20191008_155433357

Martin’s Here be Dragons explores the depths of the deep seas and the life within remain unexplored; microscopic creatures at once beautiful and threatening. Here somehow similar but completely different pathogens causing disease both harmless and fatal.

IMG_20191008_155406736

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


Perfume Portrait #113 – Sue Burley

Sue Burley 50ml EDT

Head – Strawberry

Heart – Cocoa bean

Body – Rosewood, Honey

Description –  Pleasant gourmand scents hide a pressing environmental concern, as all chosen oils are vulnerable specimens due to climate change.

IMG_20191009_144249368

Burley’s Sail Away is a depiction of birds and boats, which are paper cuts from the edges of other monoprint used in a collage. The colours inspired the subject. The sail boats and birds are on their own voyage and the picture can also be seen as an experimental voyage in using things that would often go to waste.

IMG_20191009_144200198

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


Perfume Portrait #112 – Lady M

Lady M 50ml EDT

Head – Grapefruit, Ravensara

Heart – Black Pepper

Body – Seaweed, Amber

Description –  Based on mythical sea creatures that act entirely on compulsion, this intense fragrance provokes artistic action.

IMG_20191007_153234172

Mellow Yellow is a captivating fusion of saffron, jasmine and vanilla and was drawn from Lady M’s observations made in South Turkey. Unlike smellscapes; which are more of an olfactory phenomenology; Lady M’s work sees her odours and produce olfactory art in a gallery environment.

IMG_20191007_153136105

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


Perfume Portrait #111 – Grant Lambie

Grant Lambie  50ml EDT

Head – Sweet Orange

Heart – Corriander, Cinnamon

Body – Frankincense, Benzoin

Description – A depiction of Catherine of Bologna, the Patron Saint of Artists: Here body notes depict religious sanctity, mid notes reference her capacity as a baker, and a top note that alludes to her sweet smelling grave.

IMG_20191008_114741740_HDR

Lambie’s collage Circling is from a series of works which looks at ways the 2D map can be reconfigured to make different forms of reading. Here the ‘A’ roads have been isolated and collaged to made a continuous road, a never ending Roundabout. The new map then has become devoid of any useful information, which leaves the viewer asking what information was there to start with.

IMG_20191008_114635580

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


Perfume Portrait #110 – Clare Smith

Clare Smith 50ml EDT

Head – Sweet Orange

Heart – Clove

Body – Benzoin, White musk, Honey

Description – An ode to the pomander; which contained herbs essential for recovery. Honey symbolises a gold ribbon traditionally used for wearing pomanders as necklaces.

Smith’s Flying over Beijing (Coming in to Land) is a drawing depicting a smog covered Beijing from the air.

IMG_20191008_144711908

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


Perfume Portrait #107 – JanCarlo Caling

JanCarlo Caling 50ml EDT

Head –  Petitgrain, Lemon

Heart – Cypress, Ginger

Body –  Sandalwood

Description – A celebration of masculinity, this nominally woody fragrance is complimented by bursts of ginger and lemon; symbols of happiness.

IMG_20191004_125751811

Caling’s The End of a Journey is an acrylic painting on paper. The colours used also project joy, which is what Caling wants the viewers to feel when they are looking at my painting. The work also takes inspiration from the term “self love” and how loving yourself can sometimes be a really gruelling journey. The boat symbolises the rocky relationship the man had with his body and this is the part where he gets off the boat suggesting that they have finally learned to love themselves.

IMG_20191004_125719685

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


Perfumer of the People

My current Perfume as Practice solo exhibition is open at Asylum Gallery, Wolverhampton, until 29th June. As you may know, I theme my Perfume as Practice exhibitions around specific themes. Doing so allows me to respond to spaces and place perfumery in different contexts, reveling the capacity scent has to accommodate contemporary art concepts. It also allows me to play with a fragrance industry convention of unveiling a themed or seasonal collection.

The theme for my Wolverhampton show is ‘Protest’, which has been a tricky subject to frame Perfume as Practice around. Initial thoughts revolved around historical uses of scent to as a means of controlling groups of people. However, this would place scent in a somewhat negative light, and if Perfume as Practice is about one thing, it’s about highlighting how perfume can unify and bolster creative communities when considered as an artform. With this in mind – and considering how protests bring people together in an act of unity – I decided to take the opportunity of utilising ‘protest’ to place perfumery in a positive light; revealing it’s capacity for community spirit, peace, empowerment and agency.

I’ve also used the exhibition as an opportunity to re-brand my image a little. You see, Perfume as Practice has always attempted to demystify the perfume making process; allowing it to be regarded not merely as a luxury commodity, but as a tool of expression that can give others a voice. Perfume is power, and I want to shout about it; as a Perfumer of the People.

IMG_20190610_162813039_2


Perfume Making Workshops in Manchester

On Friday 24th May I am hosting two perfume making workshops at Manchester cradft and design centre. One at 11am – 1pm and one at 2 – 4pm. 

Strata_perfume_21

These 2 hour workshops begin with me introducing my unique, artistic approach perfumery and giving a working demonstration of how to make an Eau De Toilette. I will guide you through all aspects of perfume design including an explanation of fragrance types, an introduction to fragrance notes and how to blend oils to achieve the perfect fragrance. Then, under my support and guidance, you will have a chance to make a  50ml perfume of your own by choosing from an extensive selection of essential oils and fragrance oils. You will also get the chance to decorate the bottle and you will be able to take the perfume home on the day.

These workshops are suitable for men and women and are a great introduction into the art of perfumery, a great way of learning a new skill and a brilliant opportunity to create something truly unique. The price of each workshop is£20, inclusive of all materials.

If you would like to find more information about the 11am – 1pm session click here

If you would like to find more information about the 2 – 4pm session click here

I hope to see you this Friday!


Notes from an Exhibition – Perfume as Practice SS19

Earlier this month I had the privilege of staging Perfume as Practice SS19 at Lumen Crypt Gallery, London. The opportunity afforded me the chance to exhibit a solo show in London for the first time; bringing my unique approach to perfumery to a new audience.

20190404_185106

I went into the exhibition with no real connections with the art scene in London, aside from a handful of artists I knew or worked with previously. As such, I didn’t have any expectations of how well my work would be received, or how many people would be in attendance over the 4 days. To that end, my exhibition can be deemed a relative success; it attracted the attention of over 75 people, I sold work, the exhibition was well received and, crucially, I established new connections with people and organisations – both in and out of the art world – that may well drive future development and collaboration.

The exhibition comprised a unique blend of perfume, portraiture and astronomy, with each perfume portrait adorned with a constellation. The aim was to reveal connections between artists; highlighting the thoughts, desires and motivations that drive creative action and bolstering the creative community by highlighting commonalities. I don’t know how well such notions translated into an audience experience, as most feedback centred around the unique nature of the exhibition and the delicacy of my scent design. This in itself did prove rather revealing, however, as it confirmed that my perfume making is becoming more competent.

20190406_171353

Such is the nature of Lumen Crypt Gallery, using the walls is actually rather limited. This presented a challenge when designing visual work, as it had to be placed in the space with minimum intrusion. This actually made me work to a more disciplined brief and I think the work was better for it: I created a set of banners and assemblages that adhered to the theme of astronomy while enhancing the audiences’s experiences of the perfumes, resulting in a cohesive exhibition.

20190406_171323

Exhibiting in London provided an opportunity to establish new connections while presenting my work to a new audience. To that end I’m very happy with what I’ve achieved. But alas, I cannot dwell for too long as my next solo exhibition – at Wolverhampton’s Asylum Gallery in June – will present a whole new opportunity. Onwards and Upwards!


Perfume Portrait #92 – Garfield of London

Head – Tangerine, Peppermint20190227_193947

Heart – Lavendar, Rosemary

Body – Ylang Ylang  

Description – Inherently joyous, this fragrance embodies all that is positive about the world. Herbal and citrus notes radiate a happiness that can instantly be imparted, and this gives way to florals, which exude a more contemplative – but equally pleasurable – inner peace.

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