Now, Olfactoria has a gorgeous series of posts entitled "Finding Hidden Beauty", in which she compiles a montage of photos of aesthetic objects glimpsed on walks around her native Vienna. Vienna is of course a rich hunting ground for such serendipitous sights - if you walk round Stafford, you are more likely to bump into our hideous telephone exchange building everywhere you turn, though a bit of ferreting will uncover some architectural gems from the medieval era and even earlier.
|Stafford's telephone exchange - more a case of finding obvious ugliness!|
"I searched and searched the photo, every bush, every blade. When I looked up I saw the heart. Now I can’t miss it. A clever and brilliant composition."
You see, I have quietly been collecting images of perfume bottles spotted in unexpected contexts, and thought that I might now have a small quorum worth posting. They comprise a mixture of unusual representations of actual perfume bottles AND objects that have nothing whatsoever to do with fragrance, but where I discerned a perfume bottle shape, much like Jordan with his hillside heart.
So, starting with the actual and moving through to the imaginary(!), here are the highlights of my collection to date.
These quirky watercolours of patriotic perfume bottles are by Bridget Davies, the artist behind my perfume-themed cushions, the topic of a previous post.
And ooh look, here are some crocheted ones by artist Kate Talbot, who came up with the idea as a clever way of illustrating cosy "cashmere wrap"-style scents for an article in The Stylist magazine:
|So does anyone have any felt or woven flacons?|
|Source: Novelty Eraser's Ebay shop|
|Lizzie's lobe, kindly snapped to order by her son Fabian|
And what about this one - do those horizontal lines not remind you vividly of the stripier end of the Paul Smith range?
Okay then, a somewhat faded Paul Smith with added mad hair...
Oh, and would you believe I still have a spangly purse - bought in the last 15 years no less, whatever that says about me.
|This purse is dedicated to euro shrapnel ie coins of 20 cents and under|
I would be very interested to hear of any other oddball perfume-themed artefacts or imaginary perfume bottles you may have spotted, so please feel free to email any pictures to me at flittersniffer at gmail dot com. If I gather enough in, some day I will run another selection of "reader finds" plus anything else I come across in the meantime!
Photo of Stafford's telephone exchange from geograph.co.uk, photo of Ferre bottle from talkingperfume.com, photo of Paul Smith bottle from cheapperfume.co.uk