June 26, 2014
Nikki Sherrit Lewis
Rebel & Mercury started out as a candle company with a focus 100% natural blends, and has grown to include perfumes, organic body oils. Rebel & Mercury has sprung up out the need to make natural distinctive, daring and fun. The nose and creative vision behind the brand is Nikki Sherritt-Lewis. She creates all perfumes, candles and body oils by hand in small batches from the studio in Seattle. These batches are made with grain alcohol distilled locally, 85% organic body oils and coconut wax, and other natural techniques.
Consenses Interview with Sally Taylor:
Your Name: Nikki Sherritt-Lewis
Where you live: Seattle, WA
Where you came from: Dallas, TX
Your Medium: Natural Perfume/Naturally Perfumed Candles
The name of your work: Rebel & Mercury Botanical Parfums
What made you want to participate in this project?
I like that there were no rules, just my interpretation. I use colors to create my perfumes, frequently so this fit my method nicely.
What was your first reaction to the image? (Thoughts, emotions, memories, tastes, smells etc?)
I felt like I was on a cliffside on the Coast of a European city. Felt airy, windy, bright, and sweet.
What was this image about in your mind?
Yellow, sweet, grassy, salty, and earthy
Take me through each step of your process. (For example; “how did your perception of the image evolve?” “How did you take your initial reaction and transform it into this scent?)
I just used the colors I saw in my mind and what they stood for as a note/essence. I
immediately thought of how that coastal European town would smell like to me: watery, sunny, windy, earthy, and grassy.
What did you title your work and why?
What part of the image informed you’re interpretation the most (colors, content, shapes etc)?
What part of your scent came to you first?
The bright colors with watery undertones
How do you normally create? How was this experience different?
Very similar, with colors and ideas of what the colors would smell like.
What techniques/tools did you use to help you express you’re interpretation? (Why did you choose the fragrances you chose and what do they mean to you?)
I felt like all the notes I used represented an airy/water/earthy feel like mimosa, rhododendron, hay, white lotus. I wanted notes that almost had a translucent feel yet grounded with notes from the earth like hay, straw and cloud.
Are there certain choices you made which mean something specific to you that the observer might not know?
Extra credit: Did you enjoy this project? More you want to say about your experience?
I liked taking a method I already use and being given a great chance to connect that to others works of art. That it is part of something greater is an exciting thought. I love the idea of everyone interpreting someone else’s art into their own.