Please join us at Market Collective's 10 Year Anniversary for a Floral Preservation and Potpourri Workshop with Laura Hansen.
20 Roundup Way SE
December 7, 5 pm
December 8 - 9, 11 am and 4 pm
Learn the history and methods of wax floral preservation and potpourri making—traditions whose origins date back hundreds of years. Participants will be guided through both processes and be able to bring home their work that day, after the workshop.
French for “rotting pot,” potpourri is a process of curing in which organic materials wilt and decay, and are then preserved and spiced for fragrance; this practice originates in 17th century France, where the resulting organic matter was used as a means to gently scent rooms and spaces. If the process of preservation is done affectively and the resulting flowers and herbs are used sparingly, potpourri can last for decades. Relatedly, the life of a waxed flower is also prolonged past its typical organic lifespan, with the process of preservation.
Laura Hansen is an artist based in Calgary, Alberta. Her work is a visual interpretation of herself and her body. She is interested in how art can communicate belief, and reveal aspects of humanness. Querying how consciousness affects human interactions with and in the world, Hansen often grapples with ideas of existence and presence in objects that are typically categorized as inanimate.
Through the use of scent, Hansen manipulates space by altering the way we perceive the air. The science behind our sense of smell (through the olfactory system) and its direct connection to the brain, has furthered the artist's interest in the psychological effect of scent. Hansen uses materials that derive from the earth, her body, and fragmented industrial debris. With these materials, she creates art that is meant to live, decay, and exist.
This workshop is free, but registration is encouraged and seating is limited. Also note that children must be accompanied by an adult, as we’ll be working with hot wax and sherry for the potpourri.