Reconstructing Meaning in the Face of Loss: A Nosetalgic Smell and Tell

Sunday November 10, 2013: 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

A narrative retelling of the relationship to a person we’ve loved and lost becomes profound when the sense of smell is introduced as a catalyst for memory. Michelle Krell Kydd, editor of the award-winning blog Glass Petal Smoke, will introduce Smell Mapping a tool for cataloging memories and continuing our relationship with a loved one in an internalized form.

Workshop attendees are encouraged to bring aromatic items that remind them of a particular loved one who has passed on (cologne, shampoo, soap, spices, etc.). These will be used for personal inspiration and act as a catalyst for storytelling.

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Suggested Reading for this "Smell and Tell" Workshop

These three posts on Glass Petal Smoke are examples of storytelling using scent as a catalyst for memory. Each is written about a person who has passed on, but left an indelible impression via scent.

Perfume Memories: Mitsouko:
http://glasspetalsmoke.blogspot.com/2008/02/perfume-memories-mitsouko.html

Perfume Memories: CHANEL N°5 :
http://glasspetalsmoke.blogspot.com/2007/11/perfume-memories-chanel-n5.html

Cornmeal, Vanilla and Memory (in memory of my father, Paul Krell):
http://glasspetalsmoke.blogspot.com/2009/10/crumiri-cornmeal-vanilla-memory.html