Lavender and Rosemary
This month's GPP Street Team Challenge is "What's That Smell?" The challenge is to associate a scent with creativity, and to use it to get into a creative space psychologically.
Not too long ago, I had to appropriate a jar filled with lavendar and rosemary for some buttons I had collected. I moved the sachet materials into a plastic bag. In it were still some of the sachet envelopes.
I made these sachets in what must've been early 2003 for my first ever swap with the Stampsmith Yahoo Group. It was an "Ophelia" swap, which was to use that particular image (a favorite among Stampsmith stampers) in a piece of artwork.
I chose to base my artwork on that famous passage of Ophelia's speech in Hamlet about the herbs. I stamped the Ophelia image on shrink plastic and on the envelopes for the sachet, and wrapped them in lavender and green tissue paper.
This was my first swap, and was in the very beginning of my making art from stamps (which led me to collage). After moving the sachet and filling the jar with buttons, I get the scent every time I open that jar. It takes me back to that first burst of creative energy every time I open it.
Now, as a result of the challenge (thanks Michelle!), I am going to tuck one of the sachets into my journal, one of those Moleskin things with a pocket in the back....so I can smell it every time I open my bag.