Scent Shrines is on view at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center until December 28, 2016.
Although the recipe was known before the 1800's, rose petal beads became popular during the Victorian's memento mori phase. Made from flower petals that have been repeatedly cooked down and blended, the paste is then rolled into beads to dry. It is a labor-intensive process that produces little output for the amount of plant material required. However, this semester, I had an assistant to help. The resulting beads will be used as components in a jewelry line available spring 2017.
I am currently working on files called a living hinge. Through sample illustrator files generously shared from the internet, I was able to create a larger file that makes flexible plywood. The final project will be wall mounted sculptures based on Buddhist traveling shrines that will house a hue, texture, and a scent.
I will be leading a study abroad course on color theory to London and Paris this summer. I have scheduled a "Research Week" during the program to allow students to travel to the country and cities of their choosing. I will be conducting my own research during that time in southern France.
Grasse is no longer the leading producer of as many perfume ingredients (jasmine and rose are still in production). However, they are still the center of perfume due to their educational programs and hosting offices of many of the world's leading scent companies.