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April 2014

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ART FROM PERFUME: RACHEL METZ

Rachel Metz

School: Kent State University

Perfume inspiration: Solace Essence by Ambre Blends

Name of Work: “Amber Absorbed”

Medium of work: Digital textile weaving

When and why did you decide to become an artist?

 

I believe becoming an artist was something that was immediately part of my life, because both of my parents were artists and I was born and nurtured in a home of creating.  Off and on over the years I expressed myself through various mediums, including dance and choreography in my younger years. But deciding to become a textile artist is something that has evolved over the past twelve years, and has come to fruition through the wonderful textile program at Kent State.  I believe everyone is unique and has something to share with the community and the world, and I choose to share myself through the wonderful art of textiles, experimenting with color, texture, and scale.

Why did you choose that particular fragrance?

The first reason I chose one of the oil perfumes by Ambre was because of my love of essential oils.  I am fascinated with their scents, properties and histories, and the way in which they stay with a person long periods of time, and leave a unique scent on each person when absorbed into the skin.  I also love the sweet, rich, comforting scent of amber, especially when blended with other earthy, sweet oils such as vanilla, rose, lavender, and patchouli just to name a few.  I believe these gems from the earth are healing, physically,mentally, and emotionally.  When I came across “Solace”, which is the one I chose, I immediately felt a sense of deja vu….a comfortable place or a memory, but it was still elusive…could not quite put my finger on it, but felt if I could where one scent forever that this would be the one.  And after, as I was reading the description, I realized there was also a wonderful, secret ingredient, interwoven with the other aromas.  My design is a visual interpretation of all these things, the transparent, golden look of amber, the layer upon layer of design, the subtle colors interwoven stand for the scents you know are there, but not sure what they all are.  Amber is fossilized tree resin, and is produced by repeated distillation, and the groundwork of my weaving is a repeat pattern.  The moving, fluid, floral motif skimming the top is how this scent makes me feel. The time of day I feel I am in when wearing this scent is the early summer evening dusk times, when the sun is still there and it feels beautifully warm on your skin, and all the beautiful colors are mixed together in the sky.  Magical!!

Who is your favorite artist?

Difficult to choose one!!  But here are a few inspiring people for me:  Dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp, Frida Kahlo for her fearless nature and her brilliant painting and color sense, April Gornik and her amazing paintings that immerse you into her worlds, and contemporary textile artists Andrea Donnelly, Jacky Tsai, and Taiana Giefer.

 

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ART FROM PERFUME: ANNA ROUTSON

Anna Routson

School: Kent State University

Perfume inspiration: Moramanga by Coquillete Paris

Name of Work: “Moramanga in Silk”

Medium of work: Silk textile

When and why did you decide to become an artist?

When I was a young girl my dream was to become a fashion designer. To pursue this dream I attended Kent State for fashion design. Through my studies I discovered that my true love was textiles and now I use it as a medium to create art instead of clothing.

 

Why did you choose that particular fragrance?

 

I chose Mormanga because it reminded me of a warm spring day. My piece represents the the peacefulness and beauty of the flowers that produced this scent.

 

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ART FROM PERFUME: TANZANIGHT

Tanzanight

School: Cleveland Institute of Art

Perfume inspiration: Thirty Three by Ex Idolo

Name of Work: “We Went to the Afterlife, In the Afterglow”

Medium of work: Oil on canvas

When and why did you decide to become an artist?

 

I can’t say that I “decided” to become an artist at a certain time in my life. I am an artist soul. I have always thought creatively, and even as a child often did things differently from “the norm”. During my entire life, I have enjoyed drawing, painting, and making things with my hands. I have a continuous mental stream of visions for paintings and projects.

I decided to pursue a formal education in fine art because I realized that I had skills I did not want to ignore or put on the backburner, and I wanted to “figure out” and gain insight into how one can really embark on a creative career and not just do art as a hobby. I recognized that what I have considered to be my most significant accomplishments are my paintings and creative projects, and I began to honor that my life would not feel like it was evolving into anything markedly meaningful if I was not doing creative work.

 

Why did you choose that particular fragrance?

 

I chose Ex Idolo’s Thirty Three because I could not ignore it—it completely overtook me. When I arrived at Indigo for the first time in March, I had had no intentions of choosing a fragrance that could be considered “masculine”. The suspended glass shelf in the boutique featuring the Ex Idolo bottle caught my eye. Then I inhaled the Thirty Three scent. It was so compellingly unusual that my mind immediately wandered into imagining what I could do with the experience of it in a painting. The sensorium of it has a magnitude of depth and mystique.

As I worked on “We Went to the Afterlife, In the Afterglow” in my home painting studio, I poured some of the perfume into paperboard so I could periodically waft it around me and take it in potently while looking at the painting and mixing colors. It was strong enough that it was always detectable in the air without the paper sample in hand, and I thought, “No ordinary person could wear this scent. Whoever does must be dignified, and aloof, but with an alluring magnetism.” I have to say, I have really fallen in love with it from working with it.

 

Who is your favorite artist?

I could not choose one favorite artist. Historically, I am awed by the dramatic Naturalism of Italian Baroque painters Artemisia Gentileschi and Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi… and the qualities of light by Romantic Landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church. Contemporarily, some of my favorite artists are Teresita Fernandez, Mira Lehr, Lee Price, Ran Ortner, and Patricia Claro.

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ART FROM PERFUME: ERIN MILLER

Erin Miller

School: Kent State University

Perfume inspiration: Skin Graft

Name of Work: “Skin Graft”

Medium of work: Tapestry

When and why did you decide to become an artist?

I remember the exact moment when I realized that I wanted to be an artist, or at least devote a good portion of my life to “making”. I was in my favorite artisan shop in Toledo, Ohio called The Happy Badger wearing a pair of colorful bell bottom jeans I had sewn and painted the previous day. The owner approached me and exclaimed that my pants were magnificent and asked where I had gotten them. Explaining to her that I had made them was when I truly realized how important being a maker was to me. Her feedback and encouragement that day and for years later solidified my passion for the arts.

Why did you choose that particular fragrance?

I was initially drawn to the Phoenicia perfumes because of the unique names and attractively simple bottles. After sampling all of them I immediately connected with the top notes of skin graft. I consider perfume an art medium, and like any other work of art perfume can trigger strong emotions. The difference with perfume to visual art is that when you experience a perfume your body is physically consuming particles rather than just computing an image in your mind. Skin Graft is an emotional journey from the moment it is first sprayed until far after it settles on the body. It has familiar notes that I am fond of such as jasmine, cedar and honey, but it is the unfamiliar aromas that are so intriguing.

Who is your favorite artist?

I am influenced by many artists and I don’t think that I could necessarily pick a “favorite”. There are many artists, male and female, from many different mediums that I refer to regularly for inspiration. Mike Kelley is an American artist that passed away in 2012 and worked with found objects, textiles, and video installation among many other things. His work is provocative and eerie but also humorous to those who appreciate the content. Erin Riley is an American artist who works exclusively in tapestry weaving. Her graphic anonymous imagery of the modern cell phone “selfie” is strikingly beautiful and similarly unnerving. Rosemarie Trockel is another artist who does not necessarily have a signature style or medium. She works with notions of femininity, fine art vs fine craft, amateur vs professional art, and human impact on the natural world. Her work is well researched and well documented which is an important practice.

 

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ART FROM PERFUME: VALERIE PERCZEK

Valerie Perczek

School: Oberlin College

Perfume inspiration: Ciel d’Opale

Name of Work: “Water Memory”

Medium of work: Video

When and why did you decide to become an artist?

I believe everyone has an inner artist. When we are children we are naturally drawn to music, dance, the visual arts because we are aware of their presence in everyday life. I started painting and experimenting in visual arts at a young age. Recently I identify as a multi media artist that creates video, other visual arts, music, and dance often in performance.

Why did you choose that particular fragrance?

This particular fragrance reminded me of my grandma and being by the beach where I grew up. I was inspired to make a piece about my memories of water and the impressions of my family in my body.

Who is your favorite artist?

Anna Halprin is one of my favorite artists and teachers. She has dedicated herself to transforming lives through artistic processes. She is still teaching at 93 years old.

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ART FROM PERFUME: ERIN TELLE

Erin Telle

School: Kent State University

Perfume inspiration: Neroli Blanc Intense

Name of Work: “Summer Air”

Medium of work: Mixed Media

When and why did you decide to become an artist?

I decided to become an artist during my last few years in high school. Being cut from the volleyball team provided extra time to focus on other activities I enjoyed; such as art. Although it was then that I decided to focus on being an artist, throughout my life my Dad was always encouraging creativity and the arts.

Why did you choose that particular fragrance?

The reason I chose Neroli Intense is because right when I smelled that scent I felt comfort and a familiar homey type of feeling. It made me happy and sparked my interest and senses.

Who is your favorite artist?

My favorite artist would have to be Andrea Donnelly as of right now. Although I just recently discovered her, I enjoy Donnelly’s way of working and how she attempts to convey familiar feelings that everyone experiences. I also enjoy the fact that she hand makes scarves on the side to provide further income. Donnelly helps me to believe that, a versatile lifestyle as such is possible.

 

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ART FROM PERFUME: JASMINE SAMPSON

Jasmine Sampson

School: Kent State University

Perfume inspiration: Neroli Blanc Eau de Cologne

Name of Work: “Carmen”

Medium of work: Mixed Media

 

When and why did you decide to become an artist?

 

I am not able to pinpoint an exact moment when I decided to become an artist. However, the moment I wove on the loom for the first time was when I knew I was a weaver. As a child, I engaged in artistic activities like: painting, making jewelry, and sewing garments for my American Girl Doll. Although, growing up I never knew that I could turn my passion into a career. I made art for myself because it made me happy. When I came to college I did not major in crafts or fine arts right away. I began my college career as a sports medicine major at Baldwin-Wallace College. Although I have a passion for sports, I knew that sports medicine was not for me. I transferred to Kent State my junior year and scheduled for a few fine arts and crafts foundation classes and I knew I was where I belonged. My journey continued experimenting with different mediums like: ceramics, sculpture, and jewelry metals. I enjoyed learning and gaining experience working with different art forms. In the fall of 2012 I took my first textiles course. The moment I wove that first thread on the floor loom I knew that fiber arts was my calling. I love the beauty and natural drape of cloth; however, I enjoy manipulating cloth in different ways. Cloth is beautiful and interesting because it is part of our everyday life. I find myself looking at patterns on couch cushions, curtains, clothing etc. trying to figure out the weave structures. I look at the world in a new perspective and I am finally in my element. I am a weaver.

Why did you choose that particular fragrance?

I choose Neroli Ean de Cologne. When I smelled this fragrance I had an instant memory of my great-grandmother. The fragrance is soft and has a sweet floral scent that reminded me of her soft skin. I wanted to capture the fragrance for its softness; however, because it reminded me of my great-grandmother I named the piece “Carmen.”

Who is your favorite artist?

It is difficult to have one favorite artist because there are many artists doing amazing work. However, I have always been drawn to Lenore Tawney. I find her background fascinating like: Tawney was from Lorain, Ohio and my family came over from Puerto Rico to Lorain, Ohio. Along with her background, her work is exquisite. Her use of materials and grand scales are exciting. I have turned to her work for inspiration when engaging in many assignments.

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ART FROM PERFUME: ABBEY BLAKE

Abbey Blake

School: Cleveland Institute of Art 

Perfume inspiration: Vertine

Name of Work: “Vertine”

Medium of work: Digital Print on Hahnemuhle Paper

When and why did you decide to become an artist?

I cannot remember specifically when I decided to become an artist. I was born with a creative influenza. I then realized the only cure was to learn how to become more than a little someone with markers and pencils.

Why did you choose that particular fragrance?

I chose Vertine because it was immediately the right one. It was bright and fresh and I knew exactly what to make with it.

Who is your favorite artist?

Tom Balbo (He’s the reason I am still an artist)

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THE JUDGES: ART FROM PERFUME

What do singing, painting, photography, textiles and perfume have in common?

Art.

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

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

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

 

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