Matter!

“Smell is a quality not to be separated from matter.” – IVAN VAN BLOCH

Perfume market

“While 139 artisanal perfumes were created in 2004, the number rose to 441 in 2014, according to Michael Edwards, author of Fragrances of the World, the largest guide to perfume classification. And while it’s hard to get comprehensive sales figures, market research group NPD suggests that the £150-plus segment of...

How does blowing glass smell?

The multi-sensory, rainbow-infused exhibit at Heller Gallery is Katharine Gray’s first solo show in the Chelsea space. Opus Oils perfumer Kedra Hart created four scents that capture the fragrances wafting about a glass studio.

Urban Scent Walk in Shanghai

In the context of the Y Think Tank at Tongji University in Shanghai, this workshop provided the opportunity to experience the ephemeral materiality of scents and smells and to reflect of its cultural and economic relevance.

“The Sense of Smell” workshop in Cambridge

The UK Semiochemistry Network, comprises a varied group of people who are interested in the sense of smell – olfaction. Here is the program for the next workshop  including contributions from Christophe Laudamiel, the Weizman Institute, Thomas Hummel an many other leader scholars and professionals.

A survey on fragrance regulation

An excellent must-read nuanced critical article by Pia Long about the complex web of fragrance regulation, its intricacies and shortcomings. Some of its arguments are debatable not only among natural perfumers:

DADA’s birthday party

On February 5, 1916, DADA was born in Zurich. On July 4, 2015, the exhibition Mother DADA’s Flower Rage celebrates DADA’s 99.58 birthday with text, pictures and installations by the artist Gabrielle von Bernstorff at the Charlemagne Cultural Center in Zurich.

A new essence of life?

A company promises to provide ‘olfactory comfort’ by making a perfume from the distilled scent of our dearly departed. Could it catch on?

Workshops – www.bildtaktik.de

In conjunction with the exhibition BILDTAKTIK in Dresden, Germany, a two-day workshop (June 26 – 27 2015) is being offered on “The Vocabulary of Invisibility: Investigation and foray into the volatile world of smells”.