Describe your personal style: Antiquarian Avande-Garde. I love to combine Victorian designs with rustic, earthy materials.
Favorite Food & Why: Vegetables (because they’re good).
Best Stress Reliever: My cat, Onyx.
Favorite Hobbies: Playing music (violin, synthesizers), sewing, crafting, learning.
Favorite Getaway: Lawrence, Kansas.
When and How did For Strange Women come to be?: I tried working at a full time “real world job” and it was very stressful for me. I would make perfumes and bring them to comfort me when I was trapped at my desk all day, as an escape.. a mental teleportation. Then I decided to use my perfumes to share them with others while escaping from the office entirely…
What inspires you/your scents?: The animal world, natural curiosities, places I go, my friends (my muses)… and just experiencing the world from a childlike perspective. I also have synesthesia tendencies, so my senses become intertwined.
Most rewarding part of your job: Connecting with all the other strange women out there. And men :)
Hardest part of your job: Keeping up with the Internet. In every way.
Favorite materials to work with: Scent, sound, texture.
If I wasn’t making perfumes, I’d be an: Aromatherapist, herbalist, natural healer.
Favorite b&i piece: The Arch’s Shadow Cuff.
Yay. What a lovely lady. Come into our shop to check out her scents! We are strange at betsy & iya, no doubts about it, so Jill’s perfumes feel right at home with us. My favorites are the Violet and Rose because of their fresh, soothing qualities.
***Song of the Moment: Feels Like We Only Go Backwards by Tame Impala***
(All photos provided by Jill and YSKA Photography)