Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Smell & Tell: Tincturing Memory (Olfactory Volume II)

Tincturing is a process used by healers and perfumers to extract plant essences. It’s also a butterfly net for capturing and preserving memories. This is not the stuff of dreams. Memories define the past, infuse the present and shape our future—and many of them can be bottled.

Imagine having access to olfactory vignettes imbued with themes from your unique life story. Liquid memories that can be summoned and revisited at will. Sounds like magic, but it’s pure science and know-how.

Experience tinctured materials inspired by people, places and plants that will inspire you to reflect on olfactory elements that shape memory and storytelling. Smell & Tell attendees will learn how to tincture their own memories so they can share them with friends and loved ones. Memory Kits will be provided to all attendees.

The scent flight for this program includes the following crafted essences: Baasiminaanan, L’épice du Roi Indien, Daylight Moonshine, Gallium Odoratum, Autumn in Chartreuse, Rachel’s Glamour, Father’s Hug and Smokeless Kemuri (煙)
 *Ojibwe for “berries”. Pronunciation here.  

The Smell and Tell series of art+science programming is led by Michelle Krell Kydd, a trained nose in flavors and fragrance who shares her passion for gastronomy and the perfume arts on Glass Petal Smoke. Smell & Tell builds community through interactions with flavor, fragrance and storytelling. The unique and popular series celebrates its eighth anniversary year at the Ann Arbor District Library in June and is ongoing.

Smell &Tell: Tincturing Memory (Olfactory Volume II) 
Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Time: 6:30-8:45PM
Location: The Ann Arbor District Library, Downtown Branch
Address: 343 South Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Phone: 734-327-4200
Admission is free and is sponsored by AADL
Link to Event: https://aadl.org/node/398025

The first installment of Smell & Tell: Tincturing Memory took place in 2018. Volume II introduces a new set of olfactory vignettes for smelling. I designed the Memory Kits for the Smell & Tell program. The kits allow attendees to build on their learning experience and are distributed free of charge to attendees thanks to the generosity of the Ann Arbor District Library. Memory Kits will be distributed to participants at the end of the program.