Pomanders of a Synaesthete (HC1086)

Catalogue Record

Collection

Maker

Title

Pomanders of a Synaesthete

Date

2015

Description

Three lidded silver vessels with felt inserts, three scent bottles with attached ingredient/ recipe cards: Misty Blue, Burgundy and Red and one perspex 'ballot' box with lid.

Materials and techniques

The pomanders were hand-formed from stiling silver sheet. The felt inserts were needle-felted by hand, and the perfumes were also designed and made by the maker, using essential aids. The response box is made of acrylic, wood and leather strap.

Object number

HC1086

Category

  • Pomanders of a Synaesthete, Anna Brimley, 2015, Crafts Council Collection: HC1086. Photo: Stokes Photo Ltd.

  • Pomanders of a Synaesthete, Anna Brimley, 2015, Crafts Council Collection: HC1086. Photo: Stokes Photo Ltd.

  • Pomanders of a Synaesthete, Anna Brimley, 2015, Crafts Council Collection: HC1086. Photo: Stokes Photo Ltd.

  • Pomanders of a Synaesthete, Anna Brimley, 2015, Crafts Council Collection: HC1086. Photo: Stokes Photo Ltd.

Maker's statement

This project was an exciting new direction for me -- touching on my long-time fascination in the senses. I also expanded my skill set and scale of work in this material.
After researching the historical use of pomanders I was inspired to work my experiences as a synaesthete into a multisensory piece. Synaesthesia is a neurological condition in which two or more sensory experiences are combined -- For me, scent and colour are strongly intertwined. This piece was designed with the hope of stating conversations about, not only synaesthesia, but also our sensory experiences more broadly. It is a privilege to be able to open this convesation up with the public via such an inspiring institution as the Crafts Council.