The Scent of Creativity

My thesis project is a project about something we all do 30,000 times a day-- respiring and the effect smelling has on our daily experience. Breathing is a natural act we do, it affects how we experience our environment, and yet the potential of utilizing it in the design field is underestimated. Even when it is mentioned in the design matter, it is often viewed as a negative quality if an object or space has a ‘smell.'

Our olfactory system is very closely related to our memory, and subconsciously it affects our day to day experience. Most scents are neutral until it is associated with an event that makes it a pleasant smell or the opposite. This initial impression of a fragrance will stay on far longer than any visual imprint that occurred at the same time.

This project is a journey of discovering the olfactory identity of my school- HDK. I collected all sorts of objects in the school building and the surrounding area. These objects all contribute to the aroma of the space and its psychological presence. Then I experiment different ways to withdraw and preserve the essence of these objects. In the end, I extract the smell of these objects by macerating them in ethanol for 2-4 weeks. In the end, I chose three scents to represent the material we often used in the school and the activities we do here in HDK, they are the scent of pine wood, the aroma of the library, and the whiff of a pencil. I then created two fragrances to represent the spirit of the school; the scent of tradition- a mix of vanilla, cinnamon, and anise. These spices are associated with the holiday celebration events happening in the school building. And the fragrance of inspiration- a combination of lime, mint, and coriander. Together, these five scents are the scent of creativity.
Here I tried casting various objects as a way to preserve their sent.
Test strips of different scents; some are a single origin, some are combinational. These test strips are used in carrying out a survey on my classmates.
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