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Making in May

May has been a rather busy and productive month, as no doubt evidenced by my distinct lack of blogging. In between making perfumes for exhibitions, running workshops and playing with audio/visual equipment I’ve seldom had the time to sit, think […]

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The Eye of the Storm

The next few days will be curiously calm; they lay in between the making of the work for Perfume as Practice SS19 at Lumen Crypt Gallery and said exhibition’s installation on Wednesday. I will chiefly use the time to promote […]

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Microscopium

Assessing astronomy and our place within the cosmos from an unexpected viewpoint is a central theme in Perfume as Practice SS19; my upcoming solo show at Lumen Crypt Gallery, London. For the most part, this is achieved through perfumery and, […]

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Urania’s Mirror

Although my forthcoming exhibition at Lumen Crypt Gallery will intrinsically involve scent, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be a few visual treats along the way and over the next few weeks I will use this blog to showcase them. […]

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Inching Towards London

My first solo show of the year – Perfume as Practice SS19 at Lumen Crypt Gallery, London – is inching ever closer; in a mere 6 weeks the exhibition will be up and running. So as you might expect February […]

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Liveries for London

It’s that time of year again! No, not the January blues; I am in fact talking about my twice-yearly undertaking of deciding on visual liveries for a new range of perfumes. My upcoming solo exhibition at Lumen Crypt Gallery will […]

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Diary of Desire and Alchemy

The last 3 weeks have seen me fully engrossed in Desire and Alchemy: an exhibition at BasementArtsProject, Leeds that houses my latest set of perfumes. It is the sixth occasion a range of my perfume portraits has been themed and […]

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Desire and Alchemy

Since early September I have been working on an upcoming Perfume as Practice range of fragrances ready for exhibiting at BasementArtsProject, Leeds. It will take a departure from my usual approach and process to Perfume as Practice exhibitions. Firstly, rather […]

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Exhibitions and I

While to the untrained eye Perfume as Practice has seemed dormant over the last few months, in fact the opposite is true; in reality I have been spending time navigating a course of action for 2019 – securing exhibitions, sourcing […]

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Art Fairs and I

This month marked the first time in two years that Perfume as Practice was side-lined in favour of another project. But, as Scents of Our Time gathered momentum in the form of a residency, Perfume as Practice wasn’t totally absent […]

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My Poison Bible

Created during my residency at Orchard Square, Sheffield last September as a mere piece of mise en scène, I feel as though Poison Bible has not been afforded the attention it deserves as a stand alone piece of work as […]

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Measuring Scent and Narrative

Last weekend I was part of a group exhibition at the Old Holy Trinity Church, Wentworth called ‘Measure’ – which looks at the human soul. My own offering was a scented narrative that suggests you can weigh your soul against […]

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Emoji Perfumery

Exhibiting at Platforms Project involved invigilating in our exhibition space 8 hours a day for 4 days. As such, it afforded me a lot of time, and I sought to utilise that time effectively to contemplate and theorise on new […]

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The Art of Keeping Busy

The more stuff you are doing, the less time you have to write about it. That’s a saying, isn’t it? Well if it isn’t it should be. Over the last 10 days I have been so embroiled by artistic activity […]

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This is Coffee

Last week I made a bespoke perfume based on coffee. Yes. coffee. Now, I know what you’re thinking – ‘Michael! last month you were making perfumes about planets, and this week, out of nowhere, you’ve made a perfume about coffee?! […]

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Jupiter as a Son

Well I had it all planned out didn’t I? I declared but a few weeks ago that I’d use this blogging space to assess and appraise each of the three planets I’m going to devise a scented experience for in […]

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The Smell of the Sky

Perfumed Planets #2 – The Smell of the Sky Uranus – or Ouranos as the Ancient Greeks would have it – is a primal personification of the sky. The sky is an intangible, ethereal entity that possesses a certain mystery; it […]

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Saturn and Sillage

Perfumed Planets #1 – Saturn and Sillage As my work for my upcoming solo show in Blackburn is ticking along nicely I thought it appropriate to dedicate the next three weeks arriving at some important creative decisions concerning my upcoming […]

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Spaces for Fragrance

This week I have been fluctuating between deciding on final fragrance designs for my upcoming exhibition at Bureau and charting a course of action for my olfactive endeavours in 2019. Perhaps being constantly concerned with past, present and future is […]

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Perfume and Posters

Perfume as Practice SS18 at Bureau, Blackburn feels rather more imminent now that I have designed a poster for it: The process of designing and distributing posters for exhibitions – particularly solo shows – does add a certain weight to […]

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Zodiac Man

Last year I sought to take advantage of the association perfume has with Valentine’s Day by creating a set of distinct perfumes, each describing a star sign: But these perfumes were far from a commercial cash-in. Instead, my aim was […]

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Returning to Athens

This week has been one of those weeks. You know, one that has involved a lot of ‘thinking’ and ‘research’ but without any actual making? I have a natural tendency to feel disheartened about such a week; it feels unproductive […]

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