What do singing, painting, photography, textiles and perfume have in common?
They also happen to be the areas of expertise belonging to the four judges of Exploring the Senses: Art From Perfume. Indigo Perfumery is proud to present to you our judges.
Rebecca Cross is a nationally known textile artist. Ms. Cross teaches Surface Design and Professional Practices at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. She received her MFA in Textiles from the Kent State University School of Art. She also sung professionally, with previous training as a bel canto singer at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music.
“I am interested in the ephemeral nature of beauty, the permanence of love, and the interplay between the two. By way of analogy, silk fabric is diaphanous and strong, delicate and sturdy; it survives multiple permutations and transformations, while retaining its fluidity and luminescence. Such contradictions, which function at both a material and a metaphorical level, fascinate me.”
Her website is: rebeccastextiles.com
Tara Swords is a Chicago entrepreneur and freelance writer and editor. In April, 2013, she opened Olfactif, a first-of-its-kind subscription based fragrance discovery service. Each month, Olfactif brings the world’s best niche perfumes to your door and introduces you to perfumers who approach fragrance as art, pursue originality over trends and embrace the power of scent to engage the intellect.
“In niche, perfume is treated like an art form. It isn’t about trends or mass marketing- it’s about the power of scent to move you, to challenge you, and surprise you… We are people who love perfume.”
Her website is: olfactif.com
Antonia Reiner is a fibre artist and photographer. Born and raised in Rome, she studied and lived in England and Canada, and now resides in the U.S. After graduating from Oxford in Modern Languages, she was a translator of books on art for many years, until training in Fibre Arts at the Ottawa School of Art, Canada. Since then, her works have been exhibited in Ottawa, Toronto, Montréal and Cleveland.
“Art is something that captures what is meaningful and otherwise elusive or inexpressible. I have always been inspired by transformations and dualities, by how fragility and resilience cohabitate, how absence can enrich presence, and how memory makes its imprint on the present. I feel that a piece is successful when it possesses an emotional resonance, a lyrical quality, a significance that goes beyond surface.”
Her website is: antoniareiner.com
Martin E. O’Connor
Martin E. O’Connor received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1998. He has over thirteen years of experience as a professional mural artist and surface designer. Martin has also been teaching painting classes and workshops for twenty years. He is currently teaching classes through the Cleveland Institute of Art and BAYarts. Martin maintains a studio in the Screw Factory in Lakewood, Ohio. His designs can be found at Lowe’s and Sherwin Williams stores.
His website is: martineoconnor.com