Nina Nightingale's Charm School is in session.
From silhouette portraits and hair reliquaries to postage stamp flirtation and suffragette tea parties, join curiosity artist and host Nina Nightingale in exploring history's most fascinating disciplines and their hidden origins! During each hour-long virtual live show, Nina will guide you through the basics of a specific craft, tell you about its often surprising importance in the cultural landscape, and take any questions that might come up along the way. Part Home Ec, part AP History, Nina Nightingale’s Charm School won't teach you how to be more genteel, but you’ll learn why crafting was never that polite anyway.
From the discovery and taming of fire, humans have known that different materials create different odors when burnt and have been curating those scents ever since. In this episode of Charm School, we’ll be exploring the curious history of incense. Incense relics can be found in ancient Egyptian tombs, ritual temples of ancient China, and in Japanese warriors' helmets (a smelly gesture to anyone who might decapitate them in battle). Then we’ll rummage through your spice rack for ingredients to make a custom incense blend of your very own.
Class Supplies, if you wish to work along:
- dry herbs/spices like cinnamon, rosemary, lavender, peppermint, or bay leaves
- a woody base like clove or nutmeg
- a mortar and pestle or coffee/spice grinder
- a toothpick or safety pin
- bamboo skewers or incense blanks
- makko powder or marshmallow root
- activated charcoal
- essential oils
- DPG (dipropylene glycol)
Hello! My name is Nina Nightingale and I am a professional fine artist practicing the very rare art of SILHOUETTE PORTRAITURE, in which I cut your likeness from paper with no writing instruments—simply freehand drawing with scissors. This art of "shadow cutting" was popular before photography was made affordable. Silhouette portraiture is one part history and one part how-does-she-do-it?
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