Due to the insane amount of spam I have moved Soivohle Acousticjus and Studio Z to a new tumblr blog.
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Due to the insane amount of spam I have moved Soivohle Acousticjus and Studio Z to a new tumblr blog.
You are welcome to follow us there.
Studio Z is now open at the Pendleton Art Center in Middletown, located at the corner of Broad and Central downtown. We participated in our first First Friday Art Walk on Feb. 1st. It was a fun evening, and I was all excited after having to wait an extra month getting things ready to open. Now that I am open, I have set my temporary hours. Wednesday noon till 4:00pm and Saturday 11am till 3:00pm. This is during regular business hours at the Center, (where the main entrance is open to the public). I will update this as we move forward.
My studio is 116. If you are entering from the street corner entrance Artique Framing will be the first thing on your left. Looking straight down that hallway from Artique, my studio will be the first one on the left, just past a long wall of artwork and an opening that leads to the side entrance to the building. I do not have my new sign yet. Hopefully by Saturday or next Wednesday it will be ready. It is a standing display sign that will be placed outside my door on days when I am open. It will be visible from the front entrance once inside the Art Center.
In the meantime Valentines Day is upon us once again. We will be open this Wednesday the 13th. If you are looking for a unique gift idea I will be making solid parfums and will also have a number of scents available that can be made on the spot and bottled in one of our unique bottles. Or any number of ready to go items from our Soivohle and Acousticjus lines. Plus essential oils and a number of natural blends.
I have quite a few interesting bottles, from fancy ornate Flacons, to simple hearts and hand gilded apothecary bottles. I also have several styles of solid parfum case, from pill box to lockets, in several sizes and prices. I also have some new silver cases with custom made cabochon insets, finished with natural stones, and real gold and silver leaf.
The new studio is smaller than my old space, but a lot of thought went into making it more efficient. It is nice to have a big open space, but I must say that I really love this new space. I love the natural dark woods, the old wood floors, the huge street level window and the general feel of the building.
We have sold out of the Figgy Plum and the Tropic Lime Vanille in the EDT Clearance. The page has been updated to reflect these changes.
INTERNATIONAL ORDERING – Folks outside the USA may order online using the International option at checkout. This does not add shipping to your order. We will contact you after you place your order via email with shipping rates.
All of the info about ordering Internationally is on our Terms and Shipping Policy Page at soivohle.com.
We will tailor the shipping according to what is purchased and to where in the world it is going. Some packages can ship USPS, USPS Registered and others must go FedEx.
Note that it takes time to get these ship quotes. If you are ordering from outside the USA and want to haggle on shipping or not pay it at all. Please just do not place an order. We do not set the rates, and we are not running a charity.
Sorry to be so blunt.
For those who are doing everything right, YAY!!! I love you…. and you can disregard this notice. LZ
Ever since the release of Underworld I have in some ways been plotting this move. When the scent (underworld) was mistaken as a Vampire inspired scent (it was really about vetiver) I have been mulling this over in my mind. A concept piece based on vampires. I am not a big fan of vampire fare offered via. t.v. and movies these days. Have not read or seem any of the Twilight books/ films, nor do I watch the ones on the telly.
So what was I gong to base this on. As a result of the Underworld discussion I did take some time and watched two of the Underworld films. That dark thing can be annoying, the lighting or lack there of. But interesting in a comic sort of way. Heck I wasn’t even a fan (not that much) of the Anne Rice novels about vampires. So where to find the muse, where to get to the meat of the subject.
As luck would have it I did see Francis Ford Coppola’s: Bram Stokers Dracula, based on the original novel. And I have the novel. Have read it more than once. So enter my muse. All sexed up in the form of Gary Oldman. I found this film to be very erotic in a monsterish psychopath sort of way, melancholy even, to a degree. Just the way one would expect a vampire to be, with all of the cliché attributes: cunning, charming, hypnotic, yet subtle, deceptive, and at last redemptive.
The task however, would be to capture this juxtaposition of emotions and primal purity, and at the same time, not be so literal as to scare the living daylights out of anyone. So I set off on my journey. Originally I had planned to create this as an Absolute, but once I was seeing clear to finally launch my solid essence collection, I changed my mind and set my heart on a more intimate version of the scent. Not that the Absolute is anything but intimate. I wanted more, more for this creature of the night. Even more than what I wanted for my dearest Anubis. I wanted, as in the final scene of the movie, redemption for the tortured soul. And by that point I realized that what I was creating was not just an essence about a monster redeemed, but something that speaks to the tortured soul in us all.
CARPATHIAN OUD – will be one of the three essences in the initial launch of the essence solids. I will be back later to discuss the other two.
The stars are starting to line up , finally…. For the launch of a Soivohle Solid Essence Collection. I have been looking at cases for so long and nothing was really speaking to me. I have samples of solid silver ones, porcelain, chromed metal and finally these silver oxidized cases that I am able to create my own artwork for. There is a recess in the lid that allows for some decoration, and I have been experimenting with several things. I have others with copper and silver filigree insets that are pre-formed and just need to be glued in. The ones in the image are polymer cabochons that I have made. I am also experimenting with this same process and silver leaf, as well as adding turquoise pieces (to match our soivohle colors) making them more unique. I can’t say when we will launch the new collection, but at least I have my muse of sorts in these little cases. No two will be exactly the same. Due to the shine from the varnish the cases do not look as crisp in this image, so I will set up the light box later on to photograph them.
Transitioning the EDT clearance page to a meeting of the pages. Taking from our old Archives page and creating a new page that will always be changing. The Back Shelf, will be for closeouts, low stock and things that are not in the permanent collection and some things that have never been in the collection, like special projects and unclaimed custom work.
Just added – RIVERWALK, from the Patchouli Project and IGUANA, from the project with Mandy Aftel hosted by Nathan Branch.
Happy New Year and Welcome to Soivohle, Liz Zorn Mixed Media Arts LLC. We start off the new year with a few changes. A business name that better describes what I do as an artist, which includes both the Olfactory Arts and Visual Arts. A new studio that I am still trying to get opened. And new Olfactory work.
ANUBIS, ABSOLUTE – It would be easy to defer to the standard story of Anubis. And it surely does come in to play for general reference, but the driving desire with Anubis was in his occupation. The Egyptian God of embalming. To me it speaks of ritual and devotion, as Egyptian mummies were prepared for the afterlife with great care and reverence. In working on this piece I felt very close to my own family and loved ones who had passed. Thinking of how those who care for our dead in the final hours, cleaning the bodies, dressing them for burial, or even in preparing the bodies for cremation, must have a calling. I would think it to take a very special kind of person to do this work, and in many ways Anubis speaks to this calling. I would also note that it is not about sadness, but joy. Joy in how we in our best light, are kind and caring, with great capacity, depth and resolve.
A ROSE FOR BEACON FREE – I started working on Beacons Rose almost three years ago. I had worked up several versions but put it aside. I only returned to it this year after almost losing Beacon (Beanie) to a condition that could have been prevented. As many of you know, Beanie was born with physical disabilities, making it impossible for him to survive without daily care. For the past four years I have been taking care of him, and in turn he has been taking care of me.
Because I had gone in different directions with the initial scent work, I have decided finally that I will release two different versions of Beacons Rose. Each created from a single base. The first one is now available. It is a Limited Edition, and when it is gone I will release the second one. For the first edition I have made 2 kilos that will be bottled as a Demi-Absolute.
Beacon is a very intense and determined little fellow, and I wanted this rose to emulate those attributes. It is intense and earthy, but also soft and velvety. The way Beacon can be when he is grooming one of the younger cats or kittens. He loves kittens and like a big daddy takes them under his wing.
Work that comes from a deeply personal space (I find) can be more difficult to pull off. With this I was so up in the air about my decisions, wanting to get everything perfect. With Beanie, always close by I am constantly observing and admiring him. For the work it’s hard to not try and incorporate every little detail of that observation, not to mention the love and personal emotion.
LEATHER KREM – I have created a very short run of the new Leather Krem. Demi-Absolute. It is deeper and richer than the previous lighter concentration. No new elements have been added, but rather the overall concentration has been increased, as well as some of the deeper base elements.
ACOUSTICJUS STELLAR STUFF – After a lot of thought I have made the decision and Acousticjus is now part of Soivohle. If you are not familiar, Acousticjus is a line of alcohol free, mostly essence oil creations. Including natural essence oils, attars and the new Altar Oils. I started working on this concept back in 2008, but it was not until 2010 that we got the official trademark for the name. I have since done some fine tuning to the collection and am looking to branch out into more areas like the altar oils. Including dry incense, and a natural cone incense line that I am working on right now.
I have added the acousticjus collection to the soivohle website, and will be doing a redirect from the acousticjus.com website to the new pages at soivohle. My intention is to eventually have just two websites. Soivohle.com and my long time site lizzorn.com, which has information about all of my work and studio. Studio Z.
Eventually I will have some of my works on paper for sale on the Liz Zorn.com website, as well as having these works available in the studio. I am looking into getting my old poster scale, pro-jet art printer back up and running, or else invest in a new one if we can’t update the drivers. So many exciting things happening for this new year. Hope you stick around for the ride, or stop in and see me at Studio Z. You can also follow along with us on our social media FACEBOOK page. You may also subscribe to our Studio Z blog updates.
Almost forgot: Thank You Portia Turbio/Australian Perfume Junkies for your mention of Soivohle and Wild Ginger Chai in your year in review. This was the only thing that popped up in my Google Alerts for Soivohle, but if anyone knows of other news or postings please feel free to share. Unless it is brought to my attention I rarely know when we are being reviewed or the like. So thanks in advance for any kindness, I do so appreciate it. LZ
It is raining ice here in the river valley, and everything other than the thin layer of snow looks gray and lifeless. Perhaps a fitting day to release Anubis, God of the dead, embalming and transporter of souls.
It is also an introduction to Soivohle Arte Sous Verre. For the past few years as I have maintained a working Fine Arts Studio, I have mounted several Olfactory Arts Installations. All very well received by the public. I took from the idea of testing scent in a bell jar, to using bell jars and round glass globes, to hold essence, and create themed exhibitions of these scented globes.
As I had personally enjoyed scent in this way, having a bell jar on my desk or night stand. Lifting it from time to time to smell the essence inside, I realized that this was perhaps the beginning of Olfactory Arte Appreciation. A way to experience scent on it merits, and not as an accompaniment to ones person. I began to suggest this to individuals, and to my surprise they understood the concept. Particularly those who had negative thoughts and ideas about fragrance and the wearing of it.
This, Sous Verre, was a way to introduce essence as art, and leave the baggage behind. A way for the individual to have a personal experience, they could repeat at will. The same way they could stop for a moment to enjoy a favorite painting hanging on their wall.
A very simple thing, but a very important aspect of an art form. Without appreciation of art for art sake, there is no art just decoration.Unfortunately that aspect of decoration has dominated the world of scent for way too long. Because with decoration there is no real investment. With art investment is everything.
So moving forward, the next step for Soivohle is to introduce this idea, toss it out into the cosmos of Olfactory thought. Not just as a method for display, but a way of experience scent as art on a daily basis, in the privacy of ones surroundings.
Anyone paying attention here over the past few months will no doubt notice all the change. Some may even be thinking that I have lost my mind. The truth is I have found it. When I set out on this journey I had a distinct vision for what I wanted and how I wanted to achieve it. Unfortunately things got off track and it took me a long time to make the adjustment. Initially my desire was to incorporate essence into my visual art as I had done by infusing fragrant dried flowers and oils into an acrylic polymer that was applied to canvas. The earliest of these paintings date back to around 1992. I have one of them hanging in my living room.
This image is of a close up. It has an infusion of dried Chamomile Flowers and green tea leaves. It also had the oil of chamomile applied to the flowers before infusing. It no longer gives off a scent, but the general idea was to be able to continue to scent it with chamomile. I had experimented with several versions of this, and was at around the same time thinking about Scent as Installation. I then went off on a tangent and began to create the essence for it’s own sake. At the time no one was doing this and there was nowhere to go with it. No markers other than Perfumery. Which was (and still is) for the most part a mass produced industrial product. I have always loved scent and even perfume, but knew that this was not who I was nor was it what I was doing with scent. My ideas and vision were my own, based on my life and experiences. It was a scentual, liquid expression of what I had been doing with paint.
Closing my Cincinnati studio in June, and having the summer to think about direction, I was able to re-focus my attention on what was important to me as an artist. What was important to Soivohle, and how I wanted to move forward. As I have mentioned before, We are in a new space now and I am getting it set up.
I also hope that with this new interest in the Olfactory Arts, more people will begin to write about scent art. Not as the quirky step-child of perfume or a leg of the perfume industry but as a stand alone entity, where the word perfume or perfume speak never enters the picture.
I guess at the end of the day, I might wish (just a teeny bit) that I had beat Christopher Brosius to the punch and snagged the title “I Hate Perfume” and then again, I am very happy with where I am now. I only wish that the ride to get here had not been so darned bumpy…..