|Foxy's beloved copy of Mishima's|
'The Sea of Fertility'
A fortnight later a buff-coloured box arrived from Val with a faint aroma of seared smoky, lavender and caramel, this from a tiny leak of Vero’s beautiful Kiki, her implicit feral echo of Mugler’s Angel, burned, ravaged and laid to rest in the skank of over-ripe passion fruit. I had samples of UNUM’s Ennui Noir and Symphonie-Passion, Curium [Cm 96] by One of Those, Quality of Flesh and Tadzio by Homoelgans, L’Attesa by Masque Milano, the Kiki and an atomiser of Geisha Noire by Aroma M….
|Cookie Queen's Box of Olfactory Delights|
|Maria McElroy of Aroma M Perfumes|
|Foxy's bottles of Geisha Noire & |
Geisha Vanilla Hinoki
by Aroma M Perfume
|Detail from contemporary working |
of fan & kimono - ECA 2016
It was a job I loved even though I was never made to feel wholly welcome or permanent; these institutions protect their own. But while I was there I spent all the time I could just looking at things, handing objects, learning, feeling, sniffing, watching others and of course listening. Jades, temple and ornamental lacquer ware, scrolls, armour, porcelain, celadons, bronzes, raku, ukiyo-e, haniwa objects, tea ceremony pieces and textiles, all studied and absorbed the best I could. The impressions these objects made on me, this has never left me, I can still instantly recall how astonished I was by the sheer weight of embroidery on a vintage kimono someone bequeathed to the collection, it was fabulously still, like starched paper, in shades of pale, green and purple if memory serves. I sat and noted down the colours, tones, symbolic crests, stylised flowers, blossom, trees, patterns, birds, fruits and landscapes that littered the cloth. I can picture it slumbering like pale weather in acid free paper, slipped into a dark cupboard, accessioned and catalogued.
|'Geisha' by Liza Dalby|
|Foxy raku sake cups|
|Geisha Vert (TSF)|
|Geisha Blanche (TSF)|
|Geisha Vanilla Hinoki|
|Foxy incense burning..|
|Masu sake cups|
made from hinoki
|Geisha Rouge (TSF)|
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