I delivered a sensory art project in West Dunbartonshire. I was commissioned by a new group formed called Time To Connect which was set up by parents to provide access and participation to the arts. Their main aim is to reach adults who are particularly isolated in the community. It was a pleasure to work with this group who are led by human rights and value the arts.
A perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena was interviewed on radio 4 Midweek 11/07/2012. He keeps working on a smell until he achieves simplicity. He said his work is like being an illusionist – where by we think we can smell the scent he has created. Another perfumer Olivia Giacobet is described as:
‘… beautifully captures moments and creates scented stories…’
I liked playing with the idea of making sensory plumblines which contradicts the measurement of a straight line and a non-linear quality to the sensory weight made from texture and scent.
Radio 4 The Purfumed Mountaineer programme this week interviewed head purfumer Shelagh Foyle:
“Scent is just so attuned to memories and it’s so evocative it’s like none of the other senses. A smell will bring you back to a place in time and this for me is taking me back to my times in the laboratories in Yardley….one of the most difficult things is that there is no words to describe perfumes. You cannot describe a perfume in its essence..in its entirety. There is literally no language to do it.”
My interest in the plumbline sparked the attic hunt of another local. And he found the plumbline his father used as an engineer. His wife had cleaned it in brown sauce to get rid of the rust. This inspired a conversation about smells and using different food types for cleaning…even banana skins!