Distilling a Scent Bouquet

with Frank Bloem

13 Sep 2020

During this workshop, you will be introduced to scent extraction and the distillation process.  Distillation is the process of extracting essential oils from plant based materials. Using your own or materials from the Mediamatic grounds, you will distill your own artistic essential oil.

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Participants picking herbs for their distillation experiment - Alice Gimpel


What you will do

In this workshop, you will be introduced to the process of distilling. With the plants that grow on the Mediamatic grounds or the waste from the kitchen of Mediamatic, you will form scent bouquets that can be distilled into an essential oil. Participants are encouraged to bring their own materials according to their inspiration (f.e past experiments have included using lard, fungi and horse hair). After learning about different distilling techniques, combining raw materials and eventually extracting the scent, you will take home a tiny bottle of a 10% solution in alcohol.

Note: We also offer other workshops on smell. If aside from distilling, you would like to learn more about scent composition and perfuming, check out our Composing Fragrance workshop the same day. 

Frank Bloem

Frank Bloem is an artist who uses scent as his primary medium. He studied Fine Arts at the Rietveld Academy. In the summer of 2016, Frank changed his focus from visual art to olfactory-based works and started The Snifferoo. This perfume laboratory is a place for education and experiments around scent. He made several personalised perfumes, hosts regular workshops, and has recreated the elephant smell of Artis, the Amsterdam Zoo.


Workshop: Distilling a Scent Bouquet 
Sunday 7th of June, 11:00-14:00
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam
Tickets: Full price: €70,- | Students / Artists / Stadspas: €49,-* (including €1,- administration fee)

*We give a discount to students and artists and Stadspas holders. If this applies to you we will ask to see your kvk nr/portfolio or student card for this option. For questions, please send an email to

Attendance limited to 8 people. We maintain a minimum of 4 participants.

Please note that (unless everyone speaks Dutch) this workshop will be in English.