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Indigo Perfumery is very proud to present the winners of our

1st Annual Exploring the Senses: Art From Perfume, a collegiate art competition.

Our entries were varied and creative. Indigo would like to thank each and every participant for accepting the challenge of translating one art medium into another- no small feat.

You made us proud!

All nine works of art are on display at Indigo Perfumery through Saturday, June 14th.

Drop by and admire!

The Winners:

First Place: A Tie!

Yes! How exciting that we not only had a tie for first place, but the two entries were entirely different mediums.

Abbey Blake, 22, Cleveland Institute of Art


Digital print on Hahnemuhle paper

Fragrance inspiration: Vertine by Friedemodin

“This print was created by photographing the light and textures of illuminated laser cut paper. This piece was made in reflection of the scent, Vertine, as it is delicate, fresh and optimistic.”


Valerie Perczak, 23, Oberlin College

“Water Memory”

Video   The entire video can be seen here:

Fragrance inspiration: Ciel d’Opale by Ann Gerard

“This video piece is made up of 16mm film of me, celluloid film I painted on, and me under water in my bath. The photos I am holding in the bath water are of me when I was little with my parents in water and with my grandma. This perfume scent that this piece is in response to reminded me of spending time with my family near the water in the summer in Florida where I grew up. I grew up going to my grandmother’s apartment on the beach. My artwork is usually an exploration of my embodied experience of memory. The music is by me. It is a live recording of looped guitar and my voice. The other sound design of the water is from recordings that I designed also.”

Two superimposed frames from “Water Memory”

Second Place:

Erin Miller, 25, Kent State University

“Skin Graft”


Fragrance inspiration: Skin Graft by Phoenicia Perfumes

“Skin Graft is a narrative perfume, telling a tale of both suffering and healing. It is an autobiographical scent created after the perfumer’s experience of being in a medically induced coma caused by Stephen Johnsons Syndrome. I was unaware of this piece of information when I first smelled the perfume, and the work I created is an interpretation of my olfactory experience.

Skin Graft began with the unnerving smell of medical supplies, particularly bandages and antiseptic. As the aroma began to dry I detected wood and earth. As it settled on my body it curiously transformed to subtly sweet and floral, but the very slight remnants of the other notes remained. It has a staying power on the body and is not easily overlooked and I found myself noticing the aroma throughout the day. Although the basis of this perfume would be considered disconcerting to many people, I found it empowering. Experiencing this perfume reminded me of climbing trees as a child. The aroma of the tree sap and dirt on my hands as I rose to the highest branch with the biggest bloom or the ripest fruit, and the light sweetness of the air around it. Then the somewhat inevitable fall from the tree which would yield a few drops of blood and a handful of freshly opened bandages. Shortly thereafter I was scaling the trees again, with freshly washed hands and bandages on my elbows and knees. I knew that climbing trees would likely result in my falling, but I saw that simply as a part of the experience. Just as any other trauma in our lives should not keep us from avoiding life’s experiences, but should be embraced as a reminder of how valuable life really is.”  

Skin Graft

Third Place:

Tanzanight, 23, Cleveland Institute of Art

“We Went to the Afterlife, in the Afterglow”

Oil on canvas

Fragrance inspiration: Thirty Three by Ex Idolo

“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.”

We Went to the Afterlife, in the Afterglow

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