Friday, March 12, 2010
Poison in Beauty
I've been working on a brief for a perfume which evokes feelings of beauty and despair; a sort of dark gorgeousness that is both alluring and repulsive. I know, it sounds strange, but it works. A month or so back a student of NNAPA, Dimi, submitted a brief to Basenotes and it was one of three chosen by CPL Aromas for creation. Mike Parrot of CPL is bringing Dimi's brief to life. So I thought it would be a great project for our students to create a natural version, a project that I am participating in as well. Thus far it's coming along beautifully. Several NNAPA students are creating their version of this perfume brief, and each one is so very different from the others. Some have gone to extremes to portray the 'poisonous' and 'noxious' character of the brief, while others, myself included, are stepping into darkness with it, attempting to create an illusion of beauty with something rotten at its core.