Kirsten Schilling

I have a background in printmaking, painting, and art history. I received my BA in Art History with honors and went on to study art history at the graduate level for several years more…

Until I began researching and creating period aromatics in 2001. My historian’s curiosity soon conspired with my artist’s delight at discovering this sensuous new medium and one day, perfumery just snatched me away from the art world, entirely! I have been creating and selling handmade aromatics, from the heart, ever since.

I quenched my thirst to learn about essential oils by managing a wholesale essential oil company in the Hollywood Hills for seven years. And I volunteered in the botanical gardens at the Huntington Museum and Botanical Gardens, where I enjoyed the exchange of simple labor for aromatic plants. I studied the Latin names for plants as I watered the herb gardens. My continuing passion has also led me to study aromatherapy, distillation, herbalism, and botanical perfumery.

I have also studied museum/scholarly publishing (including a volunteer position at the Getty Research Institute) and I love teaching about the historical meaning, symbolism and use of plant folklore via lectures, essays and television appearances.

I am also an ardent student of myth, symbolism and metaphysics, and have studied both metaphysics and cartomancy in both Ireland and in California, and enjoyed a potent year of private instruction in the sacred art of plant alchemy and spagyrics.

A devotee of Celtic spirituality since 2002, I regard the natural world, and my work with plants, with the highest sense of enjoyment and reverence.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/ArabesqueAromas

 

 

Kirsten was a guest on the aromatherapy TV show Everybody Nose in 2007.

Here she discusses the art of candle making and her use of herbs and spices as natural colorants, based on the methods of medieval dyers.

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To contact Arabesque Aromas please email Arabesquebotanicals@gmail.com