Hello Posse. A subversive awards? One aimed at the Indie and Artisan section so often overlooked by the major awards. Somewhere that the small batch creator can get a nod, a nomination or an award. Sign me up. When I found out that the Art & Olfaction Awards 2018 was to be held in London, that I’d be just across the drink in Paris anyway ands that a slew of my buddies were going. Topped off by the fact that I adore the mastermind behind these awards Saskia, then it was a no brainer. To London I would go.
I would like to apologise for my complete lack of important photos. I spent the whole night having so much fun that the reportage got completely forgotten. You can see the winners, grinners and not so lucky on a bunch of other blogs. Here you’ll get a sneak peek into my night and a quick quiz of the winners.
Art & Olfaction Awards 2018: London
Venue: Art & Olfaction Awards 2018
The Tabernacle in London’s Notting Hill. Excellent choice of venue. A very easy walk from the Tube through glorious springtime London with just the merest chill in the air.
People: Art & Olfaction Awards 2018
As I arrived the front area was full of the fragrant royalty you’d expect to see at such a splendid event. BaseNotes Grant was one of the first people I got to hug (YAY!). The UK gang including Pia Long, Nick Gilbert, Tara Smith, Sarah McCartney, Thomas Dunkley and more. A slew of the international crew were in attendance. Margo K, Naomi Goodsir, Tim, Katherine C, Aiden, Val the Cookie Queen, BlondesWunder, Antonio Gardoni, Isabelle Doyen, Neela Vermeire, Rasei Fort, Dawn Spencer Hurwitz, Megan In St Maxime and so many more. This was just the mingling fun even before the awards. So freaking cool.
Awards: Art & Olfaction Awards 2018
ARTISAN CATEGORY WINNERS
CD/ Perfumer: Amanda Beadle
by The Zoo
CD/ Perfumer: Christophe Laudamiel
INDEPENDENT CATEGORY WINNERS
Eau de Virginie
by Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger
Perfumer: Jean-Claude Gigodot
CD: Virginie Roux
Nuit de Bakélite
By Naomi Goodsir
Perfumer: Isabelle Doyen
CD: Naomi Goodsir, Renaud Coutaudier
SADAKICHI AWARD WINNER
Under the Horizon
by Oswaldo Macia
Perfume: Ricardo Moya (IFF)
AFTEL AWARD FOR HANDMADE PERFUME
By Monsillage (Canada)
Perfumer: Isabelle Michaud
CONTRIBUTION TO SCENT CULTURE
Peter de Cupere (Belgium)
For all the nominees please visit the Art & Olfactions Awards site.
After: Art & Olfaction Awards 2018
Aussie mate Michael Borg and I went by the after party but outside the venue were about 40 16-21 year old kids squawking and screeching like a bunch of demented chickens. We didn’t even have to speak about it as we both turned away. So we decided to go get a few drinks and have a good chatter about the event. There’s a late night bar in Victoria around the corner from my Air BnB. We trotted in there and I got as close to being fully drunk that I’ve been in decades. We had a wonderful time. Then I crawled back to my Air BnB at about 2am.
At the end of the night Thomas Dunkley (Candy Perfume Boy) and I offered to host the 2019 Awards in Amsterdam. Here’s a video of the conversation.
So, here’s hoping we’ll be seeing you all then.