Ralf Schwieger was born in Germany. He studied chemistry, moved to Berlin to specialize in fragrance chemistry before joining a perfumery school in Grasse. He likes to think of perfumery as something almost primary, requiring a highly developed sense of esthetics, yet always playful! Schwieger draws inspiration from the dynamic triangle between art, science and industry, the graceful colors, textures and delicacy of fabulous insects, the art of cooking, with a weakness for patisserie, contemporary dance (particularly Pina Bausch), nature in its impressive force as simple as rain as well as the gentleness and vulnerability of animals, perfumery raw materials of natural and synthetic origin, ready to be combined in unforeseen proportions, making jewelery and Japanese culture, exemplified in packaging design.
Schwieger's body of work includes: Thierry Mugler Womanity, Hermès Eau des Merveilles, Marc Jacobs Marc Jacobs Men, Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll, Naomi Campbell Naomi Campbell, David Yurman Summer Essence, and Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle Lipstick Rose.
Rachel Rader , Mixed Media and Performance, Tuesday
Yoshiyuki Minami , Fashion, Wednesday
Lauren Skelly Bailey , Ceramics, Thursday
Adam Ledford, Ceramics, Friday
Lucia Cuba , Fashion and Social Science, Saturday
Ariel Jackson , Video, Animation, Sculpture, Sunday
Camille Hoffman , Painting and Mixed Media, Wednesday–Sunday