10.11.11

You may recall our project 'ROSE', which myself and Georgina Hounsome were working on for The Cold Press back in August/September.  Well, we finally have it all wrapped up and it's now on sale in my shop - a snip at £4.  Each book comes with a silkscreen print, hand coloured with scented ink tucked inside the front page.  We really enjoyed working on the project together, and though a little daunting (this will be the longest piece of proper writing to our names!) we are really pleased with the resulting story.


Using the area of east London around the old Truman Brewery as a starting point and setting we have created a narrative inspired by smell.
Our sense of smell is strongly associated with memory: Anatomically, the nose directly connects with the olfactory lobe in the limbic system; the are of the brain considered the seat of the emotions.  More so than a snippet of sound or a glimpse of an image, catching a trace of a particular scent can transport us back to times past. Dr. Alan Hirsch, a US neurologist, refers to this as 'olfactory-evoked recall' - the immediate recall of childhood memories by a particular odour, and believes that the details evoked by nostalgic smells are not as important as the emotions they recall.
Rose is found in Bow Cemetery having suffered trauma-related memory loss. She is admitted to Stone House Hospital, the former City of London Asylum, where specialists try to illicit the cause of her memory loss and wake her from her amnesia.  Rose does not respond to the traditional stimuli the Doctors offer, but through several encounters with different smells.  The 'scent memories' awakened within her help her recover her forgotten past.

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