How long have you been a Twin Peaks fan? What was your first experiences with the show?
I started watching Twin Peaks when it originally aired. I must have been in 5th/6th grade? My mom was a huge fan and let me watch it with her. I remember being entranced the second I saw it. Agent Cooper, what a dreamboat. Bob definitely spawned some epic nightmares though! Part of the reason I moved to Seattle was because of Twin Peaks (super nerd). I am always lurking around North Bend, every chance I get. I would love my band to play one of the Twin Peaks Festivals out there, or put a show together at the RR Diner (Twede’s Cafe). See? Super nerd. Actually, my bandmate Gregg is a pretty big TP nerd himself; he’s got a portrait of Bob tattooed on his forearm. I also watch the entire series once a year, usually around the holidays. It’s my own little weird tradition.
What are some similarities with the characters we styled you as? Biggest Differences?
I would definitely say that I’m more of an Audrey than a Nadine, though I have been known to display a bit of Nadine-esque energy from time-to-time. I enjoy being active and working out. I used to practice MMA. It’s definitely fun to work on strength and push your physical limits, but you’re more likely to find me wickedly laughing while telling someone I “get what I want” than wrestling people. I always felt like Nadine was such an overlooked gem though. Her character is some great writing for sure.
What past projects are you associated with?
If you’re talking musically, Golden Gardens is my first real project. Before that I started a sort-of candy-colored, semi-sociopathic cabaret act called “Prima-Tertia” with a dear friend (which lives on sporadically and bi-coastally as she now lives in NYC), but Golden Gardens is my first attempt at fronting a band and writing music and singing on my own.
What are you up to musically now?
Golden Gardens is hard at work on our next album, a full-length follow-up to our two mirror image EPs from 2013 “Narcissus” and “Bellflower.” I’m more excited than ever with the material we are conjuring out of the ether for this one; it’s got a very Madonna-meets-Cocteau-Twins-
What do you have in store for 2015? What can we look forward to?
Golden Gardens will have a new album out. Lots of travel will be happening. My solo EP (album?) will also hopefully be released. I really want to sing a hook on a hip hop track (Hello, Universe?). I’m going to spend more time in the wilderness. I want to meet more creative people in town. I want to do more things that take me out of my comfort zone. I’m currently working on a new line of oil blends that are tied in to the Witches’ Wheel – various anointing and ritual oils for the many Pagan Holidays of the year. I’ve already created two, one for Samhain and one for Imbolc, that both turned out really well. I am hoping to deepen the offerings of my personal fragrance atelier service as well. I find the most enjoyment in creating ultra-personal, unique, custom blends for individuals (for basic perfume use, for ritual use, for meditative use, etc.) and feel my real olfactory talent lies in that realm. It’s a true dream to sit with a person and work together to concoct their signature blend!
How did you get into designing fragrances?
I have ALWAYS been a bit of a perfume addict. I used to travel with my parents abroad when I was growing up, and would often be permitted to select perfumes as gifts from various shops and cities on our itinerary. I just loved all the exotic and different smells, all the gorgeously crafted vessels the elixirs came in. I am a sucker for pretty things. So it just stuck with me. Once I became an adult I started collecting unique and boutique fragrances and my collection just grew (you should see my bathroom vanity – my personal collection is a little out of hand!). As far as getting into making scents myself, one afternoon a few years ago I stumbled into a shop in West Seattle (that is sadly no longer in business) and was psyched to see that not only did the shop stock some really luxe and hard to find scent lines, but the owner offered a number of classes on various elements of perfume making (history of popular fragrance notes, blending workshops, etc.). I took a class, and then had the opportunity to shadow the owner a few times, and things just grew from there. I bought a bunch of books on the history of perfume, how to blend oils, chemistry, organic body care, all that stuff. It took me about a year and half of trial and error, testing different formulas out on friends, working with ratios, to finally get me to the point I’m at today. I love it. It’s important to me that my blends are natural, organic, sustainably and ethically crafted whenever possible, and hypoallergenic. I try to source my materials locally as much as nature allows and work with small businesses over larger ones.
How did the Twin Peaks collection come to be?
I always wanted to do a Twin Peaks line. I’m not sure when or how exactly the idea came to be.. I think maybe I was re-watching the series for the hundredth time and I started to wonder what the characters would smell like, what scents they themselves might wear. A quote that always sticks out to me is in the first or second episode, as Agent Cooper is sitting down to breakfast at the Great Northern and the waitress asks if he would like grapefruit juice with his order. Just then the camera catches Audrey Horne walking into the room and zooms in on her Angora-swathed bosom as you hear Cooper say, “just as long as those grapefruits are freshly squeezed.” It’s an inspiration.
Tell me about your top sellers, their inspiration, the notes you chose and why?
My top seller is for sure the Audrey Horne fragrance. It’s a pretty sultry blend of grapefruit zest (see previous question), rich French vanilla swirl, and bold, spicy clove. I wanted it to smell “close” like a well-loved and well-worn cashmere sweater, but also with the playfulness of a vampy sex kitten. A close runner-up in sales is Laura Palmer, which is a deep black oil thanks to a base of pure oakmoss essence, plus galbanum and other rooty, “damp” greens. My intention there was to capture the sweetness of decay, along with salty, wet air and dirt. Her body was found on a rocky beach after all. My personal favorite scent in the line is Log Lady. That one is a truly unique but also extremely intoxicating admixture of sticky, thick, amber sap and smoked wood. It’s so yummy and just the slightest bit contradictory so it saves itself from boredom.
Where can people find them?
If you’re local, you can buy my flagship line plus a couple of the Twin Peaks scents (Laura Palmer and The Red Room) at Gargoyles Statuary in the U District. Otherwise, the full inventory of my scents (plus the Twin Peaks mini gift set) can be purchased at my Etsy shop, SwanChildren. If you are local and interested in my atelier service – having a personal, custom blend created just for you – you can email me directly at email@example.com!
What’s the next series you have in mind? What can we expect in fragrance trends for 2015?
Well, I am working on that Witches’ Wheel project. Other than that, it might be fun to do another pop culture line at some point. Heathers, maybe? Something dark for sure. As far as fragrance trends go, I expect to see a lot more unisex crossover in 2015. More androgynous blends in general and more men wearing “traditional” women’s notes like white florals, more women wearing muskier, animalistic scents. That’s the way it should be in my opinion anyway! Fragrance is fragrance – wear what moves you, and pay no attention to traditional gender-typing. Be you.