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Included in Perfume as Practice AW19 exhibition

Really pleased that a piece of mine was included in Michael Borkowsky‘s (fellow a-n blogger) exhibition Perfume as Practice AW19. I wish I could have gone along to see it but having to make 30 more drawings for my Beachtime Stories […]

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Perfume as Practice AW19

This week sees the opening of my latest Perfume as Practice show, which will take place at Centrespace Gallery, Bristol from 4th – 9th October 2019. As ever, Perfume as Practice AW19 will look at the artistic potential of perfumery […]

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Trade Routes and Botanical Blends

Well, safe to say I have somewhat neglected this particular platform over the last few months! Since July I’ve been busy installing and curating exhibitions and securing workshops, all of which have been sadly absent from this blog. However, I […]

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Exhibiting Botanical Essences

This July arts initiative Fronteer – which I co-founded and co-run with artist Sharon Mossbeck –  are staging an exhibition at Exchange Place Studios, Sheffield. The exhibition is entitled Botanicals and features art pertaining to the theme of botanics, all […]

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100 Not Out

June 2019 marked the 9th incarnation of Perfume as Practice, which was staged at Asylum Gallery, Wolverhampton. The exhibition comprised of 12 perfume portraits and 5 paintings, themed under the idea of protest. The exhibition also represented a milestone for […]

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The Society for Life After Soil 

In the wake of climate change may we utilise perfumery as a means of preserving vulnerable botanical specimens, subverting our expectations of perfumery and re-positioning it as a tool for preservation in the process? That’s what my latest range of […]

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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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