Workshop:

T - Distilling a Scent Bouquet

with Frank Bloem

1 Jan 4300

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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Bouquet of flowers from Hortus Dijkspark ready to be distilled -

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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 [INSERT HYPERLINK] 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.

Information

Workshop: Distilling a Scent Bouquet 
Day, date(th) month, 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 workshop@mediamatic.nl.

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.

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Distilled Scent of Amsterdam - Over the course of 6 hours we collectively explored the neighbourhood of Mediamatic Biotoop, visited aromatic urban spaces and learned how to distill a scented memory of Amsterdam. Anisa Xhomaqi

With: Klara Ravat
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Participants picking herbs for their distillation experiment - Alice Gimpel

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Workshop: The Scent of Amsterdam - Distilling Odors of an Urban Landscape Chiara Barraco

With: Klara Ravat
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Frank letting participant smell herbs - Alice Gimpel

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Distilling Flowers and Leaves for the Scent of Amsterdam Workshop - Anisa Xhomaqi

With: Klara Ravat
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Distilling hair, fat and mushrooms brought by a workshop participant -

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distilling rose petals and citrus fruit -

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Various materials to distil -

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The Distilling Proces - All the ingredients collected are now in distilling. Workshop: The Scent of Amsterdam: Distilling Odors of an Urban Landscape. Margherita Soldati, Klara Ravat

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Participants in aroma lab with aromatic materials - Alice Gimpel

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Distillation workshop - creating interesting scents -

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Frank holding a vial of essential oil - Alice Gimpel

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Herbs to be chopped up and made into essential oil - Alice Gimpel

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Preparing Ingredients for Distilling Proces - Starting to prepare all the ingredients to distill during the workshop: The Scent of Amsterdam: Distilling Odors of an Urban Landscape.  Margherita Soldati, Klara Ravat

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Distilling the scent of leaves - Olfactory artist Klara Ravat gave a workshop on how to distill the scent of Amsterdam. Klara Ravat, Margherita Soldati

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Participant extracting essential oil from hydrosol - Alice Gimpel

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Thin vial with hydrosol and essential oil on top - Alice Gimpel

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Participants working in the aroma lab - Alice Gimpel

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Frank explaining the distillation machine - Alice Gimpel

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Frank explaining how essential oils work - Alice Gimpel

With: Frank Bloem
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participant smelling their essential oil - Alice Gimpel

With: Frank Bloem
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participant showing their essential oil - Alice Gimpel

With: Frank Bloem
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participant enjoying the process of extracting essential oil - Alice Gimpel

With: Frank Bloem
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vial with hydrosol and blue essential oil on top - Alice Gimpel