Craft and Folk Art Museum
When I walked into the lobby of the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles, California there was no doubt that I was at the 2nd Art and Olfaction Biennial Scent Fair. The Art and Olfaction Biennial Scent Fair ran from 2nd thru 4th Nov, 2018. In addition to the eager chatter of perfumistas, and exhibitors, a cacophony of perfumed notes permeated the air.
Institute of Art and Olfaction founder Saskia Wilson Brown with Mrcologne76
According to Saskia Wilson-Brown, founder of Institute for Art and Olfaction, the main goal of the Art and Olfaction Biennial Scent Fair was "to introduce new audiences to the world of highly conceptual scents". All exhibitors had to apply to present at the fair, and approval was granted by the Institute of Art and Olfaction. The main criterion was "if the exhibitors felt like a good fit".
DSH Perfumes Essenza dell'Ibisco of and Dawn Spencer Hurwitz of DSH Perfumes and Mrcologne76 (collage MC)
Three days of sniffing at the Art and Olfaction Biennial Scent Fair kicked off with an opening night preview party and meet and greet with the perfumers. I mingled with many of the perfumers, getting initial impressions of their fragrances and brand concept. There were many memorable perfumes at the event. I purchased Essenza dell'Ibisco from the Heirloom Elixirs Collection (which was inspired by our Editor in Chief Michelyn’s idea to bring back DSH Perfumes from the past for a limited time 6x a year), L'Immortel of Maison Anonyme and Quasi una absurdia from Chris Rusak Perfumes. I left with many samples as well.
Mrcologne76 and Daniel Krasofski of LABdk
I spent the second day of the Art and Olfaction Biennial Scent Fair chatting with over two dozen exhibitors. They were all keen to share their creativity and novel concepts. Daniel Krasofski of LABdk explained how he explores scent as an artistic medium for emotional triggers, psychological recall, and historical connections.
Artist Carla Bengtson of Beyond Human (in white shirt)
Artist Carla Bengtson of Beyond Human collaborates with scientists to develop fragrances by, for, and with nonhuman animals.
Mrcologne76 and Amber Jobin of Aether Arts Perfume
Amber Jobin’s of Aether Arts Perfume exhibit included an artificial intelligence fragrance series inspired by the Burning Man celebration. This year's theme was "I Robot" and it was fascinating to try fragrances such as Machine Intelligence, Synthetic Sex, and Android especially since, well I am an android guy.
Tigerlily Perfumery table with various artisan and niche perfumes
Tigerlily Perfumery, the San Francisco brick-and-mortar boutique and online shop dedicated entirely to artisan and niche perfumes, represented artisan perfumers and small indie houses who were unable to attend. Many at the Art and Olfaction Biennial Scent Fair appreciated being be able to purchase perfumes from artists who could not attend.
Keynote conversation with Saskia Wilson-Brown and Mandy Aftel
The second day's main event was the keynote Conversation: Mandy Aftel of Aftelier Perfumes with Saskia Wilson-Brown. An Icon in the world of fragrance, Mandy Aftel is acknowledged as the Queen of natural perfumery and meeting her was one of my most memorable highlights of the Art and Olfaction Biennial Scent Fair.
Mrcologne76 and Mandy Aftel
Ms. Aftel is an author of nine books, including four books on natural perfume and a cookbook featuring essential oils. She shared insights into her philosophy on perfumery, her creative process, and enlightened us about the development of her perfume museum. Her address was followed by a series of questions from a captive audience.
Mrcologne76 next to giant perfume organ at The Perfumers Studio
The Art and Olfaction Biennial Scent Fair closed with a perfumers’ party at The Perfumer’s Studio in Los Angeles California. I gladly accepted the invitation and was able to sit down to a nice meal and converse on a more intimate level with those in attendance. The Perfumer's Studio is a new resource for creative perfumers. In addition to supplying the tools, expertise, and materials needed by both professional and hobbyist perfumers, the studio offers classes and workshops aimed at developing the perfumer’s art. They also feature changing gallery exhibitions designed to raise awareness and appreciation of perfumery. I could not resist a photo next to their giant fragrance organ. On the last day a hands-on Introduction to Perfume Workshop taught participants the fundamentals of perfumery. Students created their own fragrance and left with a sample.
I left the Art and Olfaction Biennial Scent Fair with many new acquaintances, three new perfumes, and many fragrant memories. I am most definitely looking forward to the next Art and Olfaction Biennial Scent Fair in 2020.
–Glenn Davis @mrcologne76, Contributor
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Thanks to Mandy Aftel we have a double-size sample of Curious perfume and a double-size sample of it as an EDP.
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