Renske had always been interested in art and doing things a little differently. She went to Artschool in Den Bosch and studied Photography at the Fotovakschool in Amsterdam. She is also works in painting, drawing and dabbles in playing the violin. She was never really one to pick one discipline so she walked lots of different paths, eventually ending up working in scent.
” What makes this discipline so special is the way it’s both a very creative process but it’s also mentally and intellectually challenging. What I love is the way it’s so exact, but also very personal. I think it’s a shame that the world of scent is shrouded in such mystery and secracy.
When I stared learnin more about scent I learned so much from the community I ended up in that I feel very strongly about giving back. I hope to create a space where people can come and be exposed to scent and start experimenting with the subject. I hope I can help in that process and start exposing more people to this wonderfull, exciting medium.”
Thijs Elich and Renske van Vroonhoven are the two perfumers behind the Attic Lab lable. They both have a background in the arts and worked in disciplines such as painting, photography, musical composition and theatre. Their field of expertise is to work in an interdisciplinary way, combining different forms of art. Five years ago they stumbled upon the subject of scent and started teaching themselves perfumery. At this point they work with scent in the broadest sense of the word.
They work with universities, municipalities, academies, with the Institute of Art and Olfaction, in artistic and cultural contexts. Currently they are setting up a crowdfunding campaign to create an open lab space. They want to actively open up the scent culture so more people get to enjoy it.