First steps in "Haute Parfumerie"
SEPIA, Olfactive Studio's new collection is born. The fragrance is an inaugural trilogy of Extrait de Parfum created in collaboration with Bertrand Duchaufour - the perfumer behind Woody Mood -, and English-born environmental artist, sculptor and photographer, Martin Hill, author of the photographs that inspired each Extrait de Parfum.
Leather Shot is inspired by a pristine picture of dark brown sand whose grain evokes leather: a sign that emerges on the surface of earth and water like a small stream that merges with the ocean on the West coast of New Zealand's North Island; a captivating presence for a deep-seated yet subtle fragrance.
An artist to the core, Bertrand has always created his fragrances using various forms of media such as drawing, painting, and photography. He started his career in perfumery at Lautier Florasynth in Grasse, then Paris. In 2008, he became a freelance perfumer and branched out into artistic fragrances, composing innovative creations. He has been working with the Technicoflor fragrance company since 2014, which he chose for its ethical and environmental commitments.
Martin Hill is an internationally awarded environmental artist & photographer (Land Art). Martin Hill and Philippa Jones live and work together surrounded by mountains and lakes in Wanaka in the South Island of New Zealand, travelling widely to explore wild places where they work directly with nature.
Their sculptures are a response to the environment from which they are made and to which they return. They use natural materials gathered from the site so that, after Hill photographs the works, they can be absorbed back into the natural cycle without harm.
Through multiple forms of publishing and exhibiting his story and environmental sculpture photographs have reached a wide audience. Earth to Earth, a book of their sculptures was published in 2007 that linked writings by eminent scientists, designers and business leaders with his photographs.