Perfume Lab Residencies: Eliza Douglas

Sun 13 Aug 2017
Free with exhibition entry

The Perfumer will be in the lab 11.00-12.30 & 13.30-17.00. They will host short informal drop-in talks at 12.00-12.15, 14.00-14.15 & 16.00-16.15. Access is free with exhibition entry but capacity may be limited

Perfume Lab
East Wing Galleries

An expert perfumer takes up residency within the Perfume Lab to showcase the art and science of crafting a fragrance.

On selected Sundays the Perfume Lab will be occupied by expert perfumers investigating a key part of the olfactory practice within the exhibition itself. This unique open lab experience will allow visitors to see the precision, craft and artistry that goes into fragrance creation, as well as ask questions, smell individual ingredients and get a genuine insight into the process behind perfumes.

Each resident will explore a particular theme related to their work throughout the day and will host informal drop-in talks at 12.00-12.15, 14.00-14.15 & 16.00 - 16.15.  

The lab residencies are drop-in and free with exhibition entry, capacity may be limited during busy times. Parts of the session may be interactive but these are not hands on workshops.

Eliza Douglas: The Art of Fragrance

“We live in a visual world, and our sense of smell is often ignored. Smell is interpreted by the amygdala - one of the oldest parts of the brain, processing emotions, memory and motivation - which makes it difficult to describe a scent in words. It is also the reason scents conjure up such strong feelings and trigger distant memories.

 Scent can also surprise us by creating sensations of texture, colour, temperature, taste and weight. As a way of interpreting the literal and figurative content of visual art, scent can deepen our experience - and even more so for those who are visually impaired.

During my residency I shall be creating a fragrance to reflect the nature of a commonplace object, inspired by The Learned Society of Extra-Ordinary Objects at Somerset House 05 July – 03 Sept 2017. Visitors will have the chance to observe the composition of the fragrance, sample the different materials used and explore their facets, and discuss what the scent evokes for them. “



Eliza Douglas teaches independent perfumery classes and has given workshops at the Metropolitan Museum, New York Open Center, Brooklyn Brainery and on the U.S.S. Intrepid. She has taught visually impaired students with Art Beyond Sight for the New York Institute for Special Education and Visions Services for the Blind. She is particularly interested in creating scents to help viewers, visually impaired and otherwise, experience paintings and other artworks.

Dividing her time between England and New York, she works for DreamAir, the innovative fragrance company founded by perfumer Christophe Laudamiel. She is the Treasurer for the Academy of Perfumery and Aromatics, the American branch of the Osmothèque in Versailles. She is also the Fragrance Evaluator for Gallivant, a new niche perfume brand. She studied at the Grasse Institute of Perfumery in France.

Eliza can be contacted at www.elizadouglas.com