Mnemosyne’s Scent: Accessories (Pair Work)

Jia Ying | Jia Jun

So Jia Ying and me got paired up to create  a set of accessories based on our pleasant/unpleasant scents. Both of our scents are really far apart and after much consideration, we came up with a common scent where we both have common interest in, which is Mala. To tie back to the theme, we got design inspirations from the ancient china accessories.

Some of the challenges we faced is shaping, twisting the wood into the curvy shape. Initially we wanted to swirl the wood as much as we can but the wood is extremely thin therefore it is prone to breaking very easily. But overall it was a fun experience working as a team.

Mnemosyne’s scent

Planar Exercise  – 

2D Planes 3D Planes
Straight axis Curved
Bent axis Broken
Curved axis Twisted
Complex axis Grouped

This exercise is to create interesting compositions by mixing 2D and 3D planes. 


For Model 001, I played with the large void to make the D look like its levitating with the SD wedged in the middle. Both the D and the SD is pointing upwards but in two different directions to show the dynamics in this composition.



Smell & Memory –

“Smell goes into the emotional parts of the brain and the memory parts, whereas words go into thinking parts of the brain.”

After a smell enters the nose, it travels through the cranial nerve through the olfactory bulb, which helps the brain process smells. The olfactory bulb is part of the limbic system, the emotional center of the brain. As a member of the limbic system, the olfactory bulb can easily access the amygdala, which plays a role in emotional memories. Sights, sounds and smells can all evoke emotionally charged memories.

Olfactory Bulb

Emotional memories

The researchers further showed that the auditory, visual and olfactory cortices each store memories related to the specific sense they process. Lesions in the olfactory cortex did not prevent trained rats from remembering to associate a sound with the fear memory.


Plastic bottle model –

Based on 2 of our scent – pleasant and unpleasant scent to create a sculpture. 

Pleasant Unpleasant
Brand new electronic gadgets All sort of mushrooms

I feel nauseous whenever I thought of mushrooms. I can never stand the smell and also the texture!