CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS
WITH OUR ICONIC DUO!
En cette fin d’année, les parfums iconiques des Eaux d’Issey nous emmènent dans une ultime aventure à travers le regard de deux explorateurs : Nicolas Vanier, explorateur du grand Nord reviendra pour nous sur son histoire et ses “odyssées”; Aurely Cerise, Paper Artist et Directrice artistique nous emmènera dans un voyage sensoriel autour de l’art de l’emballage et des textures de papier à travers la création et interprétation de nos deux fragrances iconiques en 3 visuels d’inspirations.
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CONVERSATION WITH EXPLORER NICOLAS VANIER
Nicolas Vanier has been making expeditions to the Far North for over thirty years. He made his first expedition in 1983, crossing Lapland on foot and the Quebec peninsula by dogsled. He made subsequent excursions in the Far North with varying means of transportation: sled dogs, canoes, reindeer, and horses. The novels and films he creates are a way of sharing his love of nature and showing the beauty of the Far North.
You chose the word “odyssey” to describe your expeditions. What does that term evoke for you?
For me, an odyssey is the promise of a great journey, with a hint of poetry. I never set out to achieve any great feats or firsts. My goal was to go and get to know a territory and the men and women who still live there in harmony. I used natural means of travel: sled dogs, horses, reindeer. Those that were suitable for the landscapes we were crossing and allowed us to visit places that were far from everything, slowly and with respect for the environment.
Which of these odysseys are you most proud of completing?
I’m happy to have made my dreams come true. My two most wonderful memories are the one-year trip I took with my with and my one-and-a-half-year-old daughter, whom we called the Child of the Snows. And also my time with the Evens reindeer herders in Siberia; I spent two years of my life with them. That trip was almost an initiation, the foundation of a certain way of living and thinking.
Your life has been punctuated by travel and adventures. Do you have any olfactory memories of these moments? What are they?
Yes, a very strong sensation, a real rebirth. It is very moving, overwhelming even, when after eight months of winter and traveling in total silence and whiteness, without the slightest scent, the temperature rises above freezing again and the fragrances of humus, plants, and earth invade the senses.
The year 2020 was unprecedented. What have you taken away from it, and what do you expect from 2021?
We need to reconsider our relationship with nature. This world is becoming crazy and unlivable. We need to radically change our way of life. More simplicity, much more solidarity. We must go more slowly, consume less—this is inevitable in a world where resources are not infinite—and above all, more intelligently. Let’s take our inspiration from nature, because it still has much to teach us. Let’s respect animals. And most importantly, let’s think of the future generations we are sacrificing.
AURELY CERISE’S CREATIVE INTERPRETATION
Aurely Cerise is a French paper artist and artistic director who lives in Paris. She is particularly interested in textures, in the notion of the essential, and in minimalism. For Christmas, she drew on the art of wrapping and packaging gifts as inspiration to create three visuals featuring L’Eau d’Issey and L’Eau d’Issey pour Homme.
You’re a paper artist; what does that involve?
I have a unique relationship with materials, especially paper, whose textures, weight, and scent stimulate our senses. I try to tell a story through curves, angles, and geometric shapes that come together, with details made of scraps, and colors.
What were your inspirations in creating these visuals?
I immersed myself in the Issey Miyake universe and in what L’Eau d’Issey perfume evokes for me. I know the fragrance well, as I wear it often. I wanted to recreate that sense of “revelation” that you feel when a box is opened: the fragrance that wafts up and the texture of the beautiful wrappings. So, I worked with complementary spirals of paper to tie together the visual for men and the one for women, using kirigami, a very fine, precise cut. For the duo visual, I played with tissue paper’s transparency to represent the moment when opening a gift where you can see colors and writing through the paper, without completely seeing them, in the way that you can recognize the bottles by the shadows of their iconic shapes.
Graphics and minimalism are part of Issey Miyake’s DNA. How would you define your own DNA?
I see so much of myself in Issey Miyake’s DNA. My work revolves around this delicate balance. For me, minimalism means in-depth reflection, keeping only the essential to create a strong balance that is truly memorable. Working with perfect lines and curves fascinates me; I can redo a cut again and again if necessary. This is also the case with my color work, which is a vast infinity. For this creation, for example, I worked with a variety of white tones, from warm white to cool white, light white to grayish white.