Scented liquid hand soap with short story and text intervention.
This bespoke hand soap served as an olfactory portrait of Spring Workshop, a world-renown cultural initiative located in the Wong Chuk Hang industrial neighborhood on South Hong Kong Island. The fragranced soap was accompanied by a pseudo-fictional short story of a dematerializing visitor found on the back of the bottle's label. Short written proposals for the smiling smeller gently intervened within Spring's signature – and often playful – typographic way finding system, originally designed by the London-based A Practice for Everyday Life . The soap was available for everyday, non-special use during Spring's final month of programming before a planned hiatus after the wildly successful completion of a 6-year mandate.
The fragrance was developed after a two-week residency at Spring, where I explored smell and smelling as a literal and poetic definer of place. Upon returning home, I partnered with the Institute for Art & Olfaction as an Artist in Residence to realize the fragrance, which responded to olfactory notes decided upon while in Spring. At its best, the soap should be sharp, weird, refreshing, and decidedly Spring Workshop-ish: driven by aquatic notes and balanced out with some spice, some sweetness and some uncomfortable funk. Comment cards were made available to the smellers as a way to encourage using language to describe scent.
Support, funding and overall mega-thanks to Mimi Brown & Spring Workshop as well as Saskia Wilson Brown, Ashley Eden Kessler, and the IAO. Graphic design support via A Practice for Everyday Life. Installation photographs by Mandy Chan.