A perfumer, cat lady, baker, tea-drinker and candlestick maker, I regard the natural world, and my work with plants, with the highest sense of enjoyment, scholarship, and reverence.
I have a background in art, art history, women’s studies, writing and literature. I began researching plant folklore and authentic medieval to Renaissance-era aromatics in 1999 with a burning desire to smell history, and have been creating handmade artisanal perfumes, and other aromatics from the heart, ever since.
A graduate student, I enjoy exploring the meeting of East and West through my study of Humanities, medieval studies, art history, literature, food, mythology, faery tales and the folklore of plants.
The inspiration for Arabesque Aromas came during a spontaneous visit to the Islamic Decorative Arts wing of the V&A museum in London, 2008. My friend Brandi and I were absolutely mesmerized by the sumptuous color and intricate designs in the exhibit.
Many of the ornamental patterns featured stylized plants or flowers and these designs, I learned, were known as arabesques; a Western term used to describe an Eastern style in art.
The Arabesque is arranged symmetrically and extended indefinitely over a flat surface such as a textile, a decorative tile or an art object.
And another common characteristic of the Arabesque, according to the V&A, is to morph into fantastical forms unlike any seen in nature…
The thought occurred to me that, as within the decorative art, a similar abstraction occurs within the art of perfumery when mixing different botanical ingredients together to create an end result.