Blue velvet is an olfactive sculpture done out of scent dyed cotton velvet, enveloping a plastic structure. The sculpture’s form and tactile fabric invite the spectator to physical interaction by which the scent is experienced more intensely.
Natural materials such as cotton and wool are great at obtaining external odours which can later be released by an increase of temperature or humidity. In Blue Velvet sweat, body warmth and friction created out of the spectator’s hand movement increases the fragrance of jasmine, musk, and lemon oil. This reaction happens according to where the spectator’s hand is in contact with the taut fabric.
Blue Velvet was done as a result of Lipkin’s thesis work at Aalto University but was not included in the final research.