Sunday, 4 March 2012

Brain Block

“Working with the sense of smell is probably the hardest material, because it is very subjective and it changes from person to person,” - Yasmil Raymond, Curator at Dia Art Foundation.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

This Mink Coat Debate

So my Grandma left me a Mink Coat. It's from the 70's, and whereas I do not condone killing animals for their fur in the present, I feel like this was a long time ago and it would be a great shame and waste to destroy this coat.

It's warm and looks nice on me. But I can't wear it. I would be shouted at by my peers (possibly even the public) and yes, it's slightly uncomfortable walking around with dead skin wrapped around me to make me look good and feel warm.

It's worth hundreds of pounds. But I can't sell it. The presence of my grandma that this coat brings me is too great to give up.

So the question is. What do I do with it? It is wasted behind the doors of a wardrobe. Even with this awkward debate, it already has so much to give. This coat is one big debate and I intend to display this. Somewhere and somehow.

Making Tracks at LCC

So second time round, Helen and I were once again very pleased to learn our film had been picked to showcase the best in Making Tracks so far, as part of a student film night at LCC. Our film Inescapable Journey, was shown once again with a live score by The Cabinet Of Living Cinema, who had this time even added a little more foley into it, complete with sniffing sounds!
The atmosphere was somewhat more relaxed than the last which was just as nice for us to be able to sit on sofas and enjoy films we hadn't had the chance to see before. Thanks LCC and Making Tracks!

Our film at Making Tracks

On 14th Jan 2012 fellow artist Helen Nias and I were honoured to have our film picked and screened at Richmix in Shoreditch as part of Whirlygig Cinema's, Making Tracks as part of the International Student Film Festival London 2012. These short film screenings provide an incredible platform for artists and filmmakers to showcase their work to an audience of like-minded people with the most exciting part (personally) being their collaboration with The Cabinet of Living Cinema. This group of musicians and artists work their talent and magic to produce live scores to the chosen films on stage. Eradicating this boundary between the audience and the soundtracks they would usually hear though speakers, they are able to bring every sound effect, guitarpiece and sound wave right in front of us, making it even easier to get swept up in the feelings they are evoking. It's wonderful stuff.

The film itself gave Helen and I a chance to collaborate on two of our main areas of interest when questioning the world and producing art.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Lush Spa Kingston Perfume Event

A special event including three friends I had met through University, who happen to be incredibly good illustrators. (Oh and not forgetting animators :) )
Tying in with the concepts for the fragrances, we wanted to create a visual for the public to gaze at and turn our shop window into a mural.

Lushfest and Gorilla Perfumes trail.....

This mini 'trail' we set up at the festival for each perfume had to mimic the fragrance in some way or at least be inspired by the concept to evoke emotions, narrative and provide a new perspective for our UK and International managers to learn and love our fragrance range.

Teamed up with Tina, one of our UK Trainers, we wore floaty dresses and sat in the sun on hay bails surrounded by apples whilst displaying a copy of Cider with Rosie (partly a form of inspiration for our perfumer).We informed people about the use of the ingredients that allows the personality of this fragrance to shine through.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

The Smell of 2011....

What an incredible year 2011 had been for experiencing scents.
First I had become an area manager for Gorilla Perfumes, which involves constantly being immersed in the fragrances complex compositions, as we must experience them first hand of course!
Then there was the archaic (which is a bit of an understatement) experience of Dennis Severs house in Shoreditch. A house since the 18th century that has been kept as true as possible to the days it was occupied. Dennis Sever himself, has in fact set up an experience for the public who wish to immerse themselves, by constantly keeping the house in a state in which it would appear it is still inhabited, complete with that creepy presence. But most striking of all is the constant amalgamation of scents screaming and floating through the house. Downstairs you breathe in the smoky heat of the fire, and further upstairs exotic teas are still steaming in their elegant china cups, but most imposing and disturbing, is the constant smell of must and 18th century filth that lingers through the cold neglected parts of the house. It will cling to your nostrils, and like watching a thriller it will haunt you for hours, possibly days, afterwards.

My favourite person for portraits...

Benjamin Jackson is a good friend and an even better musician. In the past he has often asked to collaborate with me to produce visuals for his releases, and my personal favourite being this one that Ben designed himself through postproduction.

Listen to his music you wont regret it.