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CANCELED: Smell & Tell | Tincturing Memory (Olfactory Volume II)


Wednesday March 18, 2020: 6:30pm to 8:45pm


Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room


Due to circumstances beyond our control, this event has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Tincturing is a process used by healers and perfumers to extract plant essences. It’s also a butterfly net for capturing and preserving memories. This is not the stuff of dreams. Memories define the past, infuse the present and shape our future—and many of them can be bottled.

Imagine having access to olfactory vignettes imbued with themes from your unique life story. Liquid memories that can be summoned and revisited at will. Sounds like magic, but it’s pure science and know-how.

Michelle Krell Kydd will take you on a journey of tinctured materials inspired by people, places and plants that will inspire you to reflect on olfactory elements that shape memory and storytelling.

 Smell & Tell attendees will learn how to tincture their own memories so they can share them with friends and loved ones. Memory kits will be provided to all attendees. The scent flight for this program includes the following crafted essences:


·L’épice du Roi Indien

·Daylight Moonshine

·Gallium Odoratum

·Autumn in Chartreuse

·Rachel’s Glamour

·Father’s Hug

·Smokeless Kemuri (煙)

 *Ojibwe for “berries”. Pronunciation here:

The Smell and Tell series of art+science programming is led by Michelle Krell Kydd, a trained nose in flavors and fragrance who shares her passion for gastronomy and the perfume arts on Glass Petal Smoke. Smell & Tell builds community through interactions with flavor, fragrance and storytelling. The unique and popular series celebrates its eighth anniversary year at the Ann Arbor District Library in June and is ongoing.

Smell and Tell Tincturing Memory