Celebrate the Summer Solstice with J.Hannah Co.

The summer solstice is this Sunday June 21st, bringing us 16 hours of daylight! The sun reached its northernmost point in the sky making it the longest day of the year in the Northern hemisphere. What a perfect reason to celebrate all that is warm and rejuvenating. 

J.Hannah Co. Studio

J.Hannah Co. Studio

Here are a few ideas to kick off your summer:

Whatever you do, bask in the light of the day and find the beauty that is right in front of you.

Skive is a winner! J.Hannah Co. in the house

Did you hear the good news!? Skive won an Art and Olfaction Award in the Independent category. Natalie and I are tickled pink that Skive is a winner in such a prestigious award.

I traveled to Los Angeles and was so pleased to meet my outstanding colleagues in the world of artisan perfume. There are far too many to list here, so check out these fun pictures of the night.

Art and Olfaction 2015 Finalists and Winners. 

Art and Olfaction 2015 Finalists and Winners. 

Jessica Hannah of J.Hannah Co. with the Golden Pear. Skive by Canoe, winner in the Independent Category.

Jessica Hannah of J.Hannah Co. with the Golden Pear. Skive by Canoe, winner in the Independent Category.

Skive, Art and Olfaction Winner 2015.

Skive, Art and Olfaction Winner 2015.

Skive is a tribute to Natalie Davis's work, capturing the essence of her sun-drenched leather design studio, animalistic with hints of freshly brewed tea. Skive consists of carefully chosen oils with aromatic qualities reminiscent of fresh turned earth, old wooden cabinets, sweet tobacco, and dried tea leaves. This natural perfume celebrates both craftsmanship and outdoor adventure. 

The Art and Olfaction Awards

"Skive is everything I rave about when speaking of independent perfumery. It is deeply personal and individual visions that translate to a much wider audience. Skive is an artistic vision made glorious reality. It makes me fall in love with perfume all over again." -Colognoisseur

I am the perfumer behind Skive, a scent created in collaboration for Canoe, a leather studio in Austin Texas owned by Natalie Davis. Skive is a finalist in The Art & Olfaction Awards which is holding a ceremony this Friday in Los Angeles. I am excited to be attending, to sniff all the finalist perfumes, and to meet my colleagues. It's a huge honor to make it into the top five finalists in the independent category, but I am mostly thankful that Skive will be with a wider audience. I encourage you, dear reader, to consider buying more scents from such outstanding perfume houses. They are works of art, wearable delicious art. Learn more about The Finalists.

Skive is a tribute to Natalie's work, capturing the essence of her sun-drenched leather design studio, animalistic with hints of freshly brewed tea. Skive consists of carefully chosen oils with aromatic qualities reminiscent of fresh turned earth, old wooden cabinets, sweet tobacco, and dried tea leaves. This natural perfume celebrates both craftsmanship and outdoor adventure. 

Jessica Hannah- J.Hannah Co., Natalie Davis- Canoe. Photo by Daniel Brock.

Jessica Hannah- J.Hannah Co., Natalie Davis- Canoe. Photo by Daniel Brock.

J.Hannah Co. Beginnings and Pure Fume

People always ask, “How did you get into perfume?"
Like any pursuit, it's challenging to pinpoint the exact beginning. It’s more likely that seeds are planted over a long period of time. Maybe it began as a girl smelling my grandmother’s perfumes, or skipping down her mint-lined sidewalk. As a teenager I stumbled into a job spritzing perfume on passersby at the mall, which paid handsomely but left me in a bored high-heeled agony. I had an inspiring time post college working in a high-end bath product boutique in Chicago, and later still I  made my own soaps. I would linger in the local natural food store and dreamily smell essential oils.
Things really took a turn when I returned to graduate school and earned a degree in interdisciplinary art focusing on media and performance. I created interactive performance installations, that I admit were some of my favorite work.

Showroom No.6, by Jessica Hannah. Photo by Sarah Jane Rhee, 2008.

Showroom No.6, by Jessica Hannah. Photo by Sarah Jane Rhee, 2008.

In all my time creating I continue to find experiential artwork that engages the senses to be my favorite. So in an effort to create a platform for such work I teamed up with the talented Ania Greiner co-curating Food & Performance. This showcase of performance art involving edibles brought out some outstanding creative minds. I was fortunate to work with cutting edge and damn fine artists during this period.

Milk Nest, by Janet Schmid, Photo by Cynthia L Post, 2011.

Milk Nest, by Janet Schmid, Photo by Cynthia L Post, 2011.

Through it all I was taking perfume classes, reading olfactory books on aroma, making horrible perfumes, learning from my mistakes, falling in love with gorgeous natural fragrances, and exploring the olfactory arts. I was dedicated to improving my skills and it has taken many years to be where I am today. My work is a gift and I love sharing it through workshops and bottles of aroma.

So it's been awhile since I created an artwork outside of my perfumes. All this blending is informing my art making process and leaving me questioning. What would my installation look like? How would I share an aroma outside of a bottle? Is it possible to investigate the perfumer's process through installation?  In all of this working and questioning I am fascinated with the fecal animal essences, which have been around for ages. So, when the opportunity arose for me to install art in a gallery bathroom, I jumped at the chance, because perhaps, just perhaps, the evolution of the scent will include your input. Join me this Saturday March 28th in Chicago's Slow gallery, in the Loo to sniff Pure Fume, my olfactory installation.

Pure Fume, by Jessica Hannah, 2015.

Pure Fume, by Jessica Hannah, 2015.