Azahar de la India
For this work, we dig into our past finding inspiration. We talked to our mothers in order to have some light on family stories involving plants and nature. We are a mostly urban generation but our parents have incredible stories about the country side and farms where they spend their vacations. This was a time to remember beautiful stories, like the one that inspired our artwork with the Murraya Paniculata (Azahar de la india):
“The memory asociated with the smell is not as tangible as the visual. However, when we feel a familiar aroma, it has the power of bonding us to a very specific memory of feeling from the past.
I didn’t meet my grandma (my mother’s mother), because she died when my mother was only nine years old. I’ve always felt very unfair the small amount of time that my mother spent with hers, although, it makes me value the time I’m spending with mine.
My mother told me that my grandma was a person with a stong caracter, very organized. In the morning, After taking a bath, she arranged her hair in a bun and went to the back yard, picked some azahar flowers and put them over her ear. This was her daily perfume.
The azahar flower was perfect for this because it has a delicious aroma, very citric and not so strong. The flower is white, similar to the jasmine. The plant is ornamental and very common in the city I grew up.
When I walk in front of a house in which garden there is an azahar plant, its smell is so intense and unique that I can’t help but stop and contemplate it for a while. Its smell is like a thread that goes through time and makes me think about my grandma, whom I just have seen in pictures, but makes me feel closer to her and her story”.
We are a collective of graphic designers, with the idea of building a space for experiment in the different areas of our expertise. Part blog / personal works, we dedicate our time to the analysis of design and arts in general, and try to develop all the projects we can imagine, together. We are María José Castillo, Zamira Saab and Juan David Martínez, from Bogotá, Colombia.