03/30: Scent & Story with Tanwi Nandini Islam of Hi Wildflower
Join us Friday, March 30th from 7-9 PM
Learn the natural perfumer's craft in this immersive workshop + scent creating class! Your memories, travels and experiences will be the point of departure for this class. This is an intimate space - up to 15 students - and we will explore Hi Wildflower founder and author Tanwi Nandini's beautiful library of essential oils, resins and absolutes from all over the world. We'll cover the basics of natural perfumery, exploring Top, Heart and Base notes, scent families, perfume accords, carrier oils, and perfume history. This is a warm, inviting space to explore your olfactory prowess, the scents that draw you in and the ones you've never heard of! Our workshop will explore the art of creating your own natural perfume! A lot of this will be sniffing, learning the history, taking notes, discussing our perceptions, and making your own perfume.
Tanwi Nandini Islam is the New York based author of the critically-acclaimed novel BRIGHT LINES (Penguin 2015), which was a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, Edmund White Debut Fiction Award, the Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize, and was the inaugural selection of the First Lady of NYC's Gracie Book Club, as well as Bustle's American Woman Book Club. Her work is multi-disciplinary, dynamic, intersectional and feminist. Over the course of her career, she has worked as a community organizer, a domestic violence court advocate, a probations intake officer, and youth arts educator. While researching her debut novel, BRIGHT LINES, she studied perfumery, amassing a library of 500 fragrant raw materials, which led to the creation of Hi Wildflower, independent beauty & fragrance house. Currently, Tanwi is working on her second novel, STELLAR SMOKE, and a podcast and perfume anthology project, MALA, which features the scents and stories of five formerly incarcerated women.