ROSE: We've been working on another book - this time for The Cold Press to sell on their stall at Tent London next week/end (22nd - 25th Sept). It's being printed digitally on a lovely light grey paper with a soft cover. Each book will also include a limited edition screen print, which is hand coloured with scented ink.
The book is set partly in the area of East London around the old Truman Brewery and the narrative is inspired by our sense of smell. Here's the premise:
Our sense of smell is strongly associated with memory: anatomically, the nose directly connects with the olfactory lobe in the limbic system; the area of the brain considered the seat of the emotions. More so than a snippet of sound or glimpse of an image, catching a trace of a particular scent can transport us back to times past. Dr. Alan Hirsch, a US neurologist, refers to this as ‘olfactory-evoked recall’ – the immediate recall of childhood memories by a particular odour, and believes that the details evoked by nostalgic smells are not as important as the emotions they recall.
Rose is found in Bow Cemetery having suffered trauma-related memory loss. She is admitted to Stone House Hospital, the former City of London Asylum, where specialists try to illicit the cause of her memory loss and wake her from her amnesia. Rose does not respond to the traditional stimuli the Doctors offer, but through several encounters with different smells. The ‘scent memories’ awakened within her help her recover her forgotten past.