Niche Perfumery Enchanted Forest - The Artwork

Enchanted Forest - The Artwork

12/11/12 13:29:22 (23 comments)

by: Elena Knezhevich

A poetic Hohloma style (one of the old Russian painting traditions) has been chosen to warmly invite you to Enchanted Forest. The style was developed by iconographers, so-called Old Believers (old Russian Orthodox Church), who ran from persecution during the church reformation by Peter the Great, to hard-to-reach regions behind the Volga River. There they tried to make a living by adapting their art of painting icons to the decoration of domestic appliances. They traded their works at the big market in the Hohloma village. People loved the rich curly style and readily traveled from remote places to buy beautiful spoons, cups, bowls, toys... They named the style of painting "Hohloma."


Thankfully, Hohloma gives an artist many ways to express his or her imagination. Enchanted Forest was painted in the festive "Kudrina" which Hohloma artists used only for gifts on special occasionsa laborious way of planting magic branches from the golden background.
 


The round, glossy flacon is made of black opaque glass, to resemble the blackcurrant berry. A golden pattern of Hohloma grass is wrapped around the bottle. It was designed exclusively for this fragrance by the artist, first painted by hand and then printed on the bottle in shiny gold.
 


Two symbols—a sleeping dove (silence) and the moon (fairytales, the mystery of the night)—are included in its tendrils. A remarkable thing about Hohloma is that it is not painted—it grows under the brush from a magical seed which is hidden somewhere in its pattern.
 


The box is lavishly decorated in golden Hohloma tendrils, representing the enchanted forest. It embraces the deep blue sky with its curling branches. The sparkle from a shooting star and silhouettes of the tiny night butterflies, resting on its branches, play little melodies on each side and easily fly into your imagination.
 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Elena Knezhevich, a co-founder of Fragrantica, has loved to draw and paint for as long as she can remember. Academic education in art, curiosity and the fortune to have talented friends have contributed to her development as an artist who is happy with what she does.

Decorative painting is a very cozy, poetic and functional branch of the visual arts. "I love that artists used what they had available—simple products of wood and ceramic, sometimes metal or glass—and turned them into very beautiful things which were warmed by their spirits."



Anastasia, Marianna, Elena and Svetlana at work
(in order from the left)

3artistsgallery.com
 

"I discovered folk painting styles thanks to the artist from San Diego, Marianna Gorelova. Marianna is an extraordinary person: a physicist, a professor, who changed her occupation so drastically, listening only to her true passion that was calling out from the crest of exact science. She is a merry person and teaches us to transfer a good mood to every piece we create. This sparkle will go further..."

Photo of the artists by Anastasia Aranovich (aaphotographysandiego.com)

The Vagabond Prince has prepared 500 samples of the Enchanted Forest perfume (1.5 ml) to share with Fragrantica readers. If you want to participate in the drawing, please fill in the address form below. We need your address in case you win. Fragrantica and The Vagabond Prince will not share this information with anybody and your name and address will not be published.

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victorianna2
victorianna2

Romantic artwork, romantic name...........simply Enchanting!!

Feb
21
2013
KittyCute
KittyCute

Beautiful art and very Unique! Great job!

Feb
21
2013
bulyov4e
bulyov4e

More art in the packaging - that;s what makes a memorable present and a desirable perfume even more valuable! Splendid job!

Jan
02
2013
naheed
naheed

Not only is the fragrance but packaging is also a piece of art. My sample arrived a day before New Year and it really made my day. May Fragrantica and its very first fragrance flourish and flourish.

Jan
01
2013
sofiii
sofiii

Beautiful piece of art! Congratulations Elena!
I normally associate Hohloma style with something oldish Russian, but this perfume bottle design just look so timeless and stunning!

Dec
13
2012
AJphoenix69
AJphoenix69

As an artist, I can appreciate how much detail and thought has gone into the creative aspect of Enchanted Forest.

To be honest I am not usually a big fan of this type of art (Hohlama or folk art) )but there is something about this packaging that sings to me, maybe it is because I am a Pagan...

From the bottle (including the flacon) to the box they compliment each other iincredibly well...the words that come to mind are elegant, classic, intriguing, Art Deco, interesting, hypnotic, dreamy, old world but at the same time new world.

Congratulations Elena, I am looking forward to learning more about you and your art!

Dec
13
2012
Angel Sweat
Angel Sweat

Beautiful!!!

Dec
12
2012
Coriander
Coriander

Absolutely STUNNING!
The name, the brief (or tale?) and this wonderful art makes me dreaming...
Like the beginning of fragrances history, it's truly evocative.

Dec
12
2012
polecat
polecat

The artwork is just fabulous! When I visited Russia I saw art of this style, its so pretty!

Dec
12
2012
johngreenink
johngreenink

I'm stunned at how beautiful this is - GORGEOUS! So many congratulations on this exquisite creation.

Dec
12
2012
muza
muza

The design you've created for Enchanted Forest is an eye-stopper for sure! This is absolutely charming! Very expressive and so cozy thanks to hohloma style. You are a really talented person, Elena!

Dec
12
2012
charleyjb
charleyjb

The artwork reminds me of a faberge egg. Such fine details

Dec
12
2012
ComfyCat
ComfyCat

Wow, I'm utterly impressed, I love the artwork, not to mention the whole concept!

Dec
12
2012
tschiepchen
tschiepchen

The artwork is simply stunning.
Wow!
Elena, like probably most people here I had no idea how talented you are.
The drawings are beautiful and I love the touch of fairytale.
You put a lot of thought and creativity into it and the result is just amazing!

Dec
12
2012
HeidiLynn
HeidiLynn

I love the artwork; like something that dances in the dreams of the adorable Russian stacking dolls. So unique; I'm getting tired of silver everywhere, so it's beautiful to see the combination of gold and rich blue.

Dec
12
2012
elusivek
elusivek

I was intrigued as soon as I saw the bottle, it's one of the few I've seen where I wanted the perfume for that alone! Then I read the description and inspiration of the scent, I have high hopes to like what's inside too. Love the hand created artwork and the carrying on of the tradition.

Dec
12
2012
Euse
Euse

lovely concept, beautiful realisation, very smart marketing! BRAVO ELENA!!!

Dec
12
2012
chayaruchama
chayaruchama

These drawings feel like a part of my DNA; I love how fanciful and colorful they are !!!
Well done !!!!!

Dec
12
2012
SeenLyndaLately
SeenLyndaLately

The artwork reminds me of "old school" I love it :)

Dec
12
2012
smelling_gr8
smelling_gr8

Wow....looks astonishing and sounds...well....awesome....definitely enchanting design.

Dec
11
2012
Scatje
Scatje

The bottle looks almost art-deco to me, I really like it. Love the package with its nice blue, gold/black design. Enchanted indeed

Dec
11
2012
dannysmom
dannysmom

Absolutely beautiful! I love it!

Dec
11
2012
paulina
paulina

I adored these drawings, the final design looks extremely beautiful. Congratulations!

Dec
11
2012

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