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The Scent of Humanity (2020)

Digital print on cotton, embroidery, glass, paper, ...

To complete and translate the collected anthropological data of hedonic smell descriptions into a physical entity, I collaborated with olfactive designer, Magali K, to create a bespoke fragrance entitled “The Scent of Humanity”, comprising of the dominant smell descriptions derived from each continent. The 5 scents defining each continent are Asia: Frangipani; Europe: Freshly cut grass; North America: Fresh laundry; Central/South America: The sea; Africa: The rain; and the 6th smell of commonality: Sweat. The idea is to experiment whether these scents harmoniously blend within an olfactive point of view, to display an artistic and olfactive representation of the collective smell of humanity.

Each designated scent is applied to relevant embroidered smell descriptions belonging to the countries of each continent, providing an experience of sensory stimulation activating the visual, tactile and olfactory senses.


Eriya Miura is a visual artist whose primary focus is on tactile and informative design with a conceptual hybrid to its forms. She received her BFA from Parsons School of Design in New York, and MA degree from LUCA School of Arts in Brussels. The combination of craftsmanship, textile manipulations and digital design is important to the concept of her works. The sometimes moody and emotional atmosphere customarily consists of a dreamy, flowing colour palette, 3D textures and organic compositions. With a background in fashion and textiles, Eriya Miura’s design philosophy is to let the materials tell their own story. Her emphasis on storytelling through the medium of textiles transforms the ethereal into the tangible, integrating unconventional yet traditional methods of process and construction.